Sons of the Golden West is an indie rock band whose West Coast roots run deep. Its primary songwriter, Eric Butterfield, is a fourth-generation Californian who grew up in Los Angeles. This heritage and a sense of a rapidly changing landscape losing its history inspired him to found Sons of the Golden West (http://sotgw.com/).
Sons of the Golden West explores the genres of alternative rock, singer/songwriter and Americana. Eric’s songs explore subdued and nuanced textures, and employ a full dynamic range that can evoke fragile emotions yet tap into the contagious energy of full-bore rock.
His songs have appeared in MTV's "Teen Mom" and "16 and Pregnant," "Flipping Out" on Bravo, "Last Chance Highway" on Animal Planet, Starz Studios, and an online video narrated by Ashley Judd, "Help Save Idaho's Wolves." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK1mZ4fL6Pk)
The band released its self-titled debut album on its own Fashionably Late Records in 2006. A follow-up album is expected in 2011.
Travel and relocation have informed much of Eric’s sound. When living in Denver, Colorado in the 1990s, the vibrant Americana music scene turned him on to alternative country music, though he played drums in a pop punk band. Songs from the band, Cold Crank, were included on compilations from San Diego label Goldenrod and AP magazine, as a result of its regular tours of the West Coast.
Prior to that, Eric lived in Dublin, Ireland, where he indulged himself in noisy power pop, playing drums in The Mexican Pets, which went on to record albums for Blunt Records, tour Europe, and play with the likes of Pavement, Sebadoh, Fugazi and Therapy?.
The lineup for the Sons of the Golden West’s debut album was Eric Butterfield (guitar, bass, vocals, drums), B. Satter (guitar, bass), and Justin Sacco (vocals). Sons of the Golden West, with the addition of Aaron Markus on drums, performed at venues in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2007-2008. It continues as a recording project headed by Eric Butterfield.