Ed Crawford - guitar, vocals
Eric Vermillion - bass guitar, vocals
Mike Quinlan - drums
Hometown - Pittsburgh, PA
From 1986 to 1991, Ed “fROMOHIO” Crawford and his band fIREHOSE were a fixture on the seminal punk rock label SST Records. In the early 90s, Ed and Eric Vermillion of Gumball were label mates on Columbia Records, but they only met-up once. It was a live radio show at Electric Ladyland Studio. They kind of remember, but not really. More recently, on Polish Hill in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, they met at Gooski’s, found Mike Quinlan of The Cynics, and called it FOOD.
FOOD is the unofficial acronym for “Far Out Old Dudes”. The band features Ed “fROMOHIO” Crawford of fIREHOSE (SST Records, 1986 - 1990, Columbia Records, 1991 - 1994) on vocals/guitar, Eric Vermillion of GUMBALL (Caroline Records, 1990, Columbia Records 1991- 1994) on bass, and Mike Quinlan of THE CYNICS (Get Hip Records) on drums.
On the heels of a fIREHOSE reunion tour which included performances at the Coachella Festival on April 14th and 21st, 2012, Ed fROMOHIO and FOOD release their debut EP, Four Pieces From Candyland.
Fans of fIREHOSE, 1980s College Rock heroes such as R.E.M., or 1990s Alternative Rock won’t be disappointed. Ed’s unique vocals and guitar playing are as great as ever. FOOD’s stripped-down and straightforward approach on Four Pieces is reminiscent of fIREHOSE’s sophomore album, “If’n”, combining elements of early West Coast punk rock, 1980s college rock, skate rock, Sun Records country standards, and an old-school, anything-goes punk ethic. Eric Vermillion makes his presence known with a thunderous bass which gives FOOD a dense texture and reminds the listener that this is a band from the rust belt. And Mike Quinlan’s up-tempo, rock n’ roll approach behind the drum kit drives the tunes from start to finish.
Playing together since early 2011, Four Pieces From Candyland is the first, proper release for the band. The record is available as a 4-song vinyl EP, 4-song digital download or 3-song CD with alternate, Three Pieces From Candyland title.