FROM: Lakeland, FL
Mrenc (pronounced Mister E-N-C) is Eric Collins, former leader of sorely-missed indie faves Denison Marrs and The Dark Romantics.
After two split releases with fellow New Granada artists, Sunbears! and King of Spain and countless freebie singles downloads, Mrenc delivers his proper solo debut of heavenly jamzzzz, All Around Surround.
(Official video for "Wolves" - Click image to view)
The 7-track 'mini-LP' is dripping with influences from his life in his native Sunshine State, from sunburnt beaches to muggy moonlit streets of the inland. Dark, pounding drums; jangling guitars and Collins's signature croon make .wavs for you to ride all the way onto the shore. With it's minimalistic lyrics forming chants of love, fear, and the occasional biting satire, All Around Surround breaks with range from haunting and lonely to a full eruption of sonic joy. Danceable, dark, sunny, reflective? All of the above.
Mrenc hopes to bring celebration to the listeners ears and soul...not by a worldly hoodoo, but by Spirit.
All Around Surround was written, performed, produced and recorded from his home in "Orlampa", FL (ie. Lakeland; nestled perfectly between Orlando and Tampa).
”…could be the new king of art rock…cuts a polystylistic swath that’s invigorating and occasionally dizzying”
- Orlando Weekly
Suburban Apologist ”assault ear canals in an unapologetic and infinitely pleasing way”
- Suburban Apologist
”…this is a damn good album. Buy it.”
- Who Wants Love Without The Looks
“a sound that is instantly appealing…an intriguing glimpse of things to come”
“a complete hit…it has a captivating, unique sound…not only is an enjoyable and affecting listen, but it will pique your interest for what the band can do in the future”
”…more than unique, it’s a standout in the music scene…each of the songs keep you, audibly, on the edge of your seat as track after track is widely divergent from the next, yet still gives a unified feel”
- The Antidote
Eric Collins (vocals, guitars, keys, etc.)
Dean Lorenz (drums)