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Here's an article I just finished writing for a 'zine in Boston.  I 
thought I'd give you guys a sneak preview.  Feel free to flame...

PLease forgive the strange formatting problems, "U" = ' and "R"&"S" = ""

My mom thinks I should be a "rock journalist"...teehee!


Peicing Together the Broken Girl
by Michael Catano
 
	I start my interview with Julie Doiron of EricÕs Trip with the 
standard questions. I ask how her band came to be, the whoÕs the whatÕs 
and the whyÕs, and she answers with the glazed over tone of a woman who 
has answered all of these questions before.
	EricÕs Trip formed in June of 1990, with Rick White playing 
guitar, Julie playing guitar, Chris Thompson on bass and Ed Vaughn on 
Drums.  Chris and Rick had been playing together in a band called Forest, 
and Julie came to know them through a boy she was dating at the time.  
She had been playing guitar for a while, and wanted to buy an electric, 
but didnÕt want to be destined to rot alone in her bedroom, so she 
approached Rick about starting a band.  Chris had been aching to play 
something other than drums (as he had been doing in Forest), and they all 
saw this as a perfect opportunity.
	After a while, Ed left the band and Mark ÒSkedÓ Gaudet was 
recruited.  He was a staple of the Moncton scene and had been in punk 
rock and hardcore bands since his early teens.  He went to all the shows 
and was an easy man to find, they just went to Sam the Record Man, where 
he still works to this day.
	With Mark in the band a mere two weeks, the ÒWarm GirlÓ cassette 
was recorded and released a few months after.  This was not their first 
release (a self-titled cassette and the ÒCaterpillarsÓ e.p. precede it), 
but it is the one that brought them to my attention, and remains one of 
my favourites of their works.  It is a roughly recorded work by a young,  
inventive band.  ItÕs raggedness and sincerity combine for a remarkably 
enchanting tape.  Some of the songs on that tape were recently 
re-released on a seven inch from Derivative Records in Montreal.
	All of this, however, pales when compared to recent events in 
JulieÕs life.  For starters, she is pregnant (expecting December 17 - 
send her gifts!) and busy running a record label, Sappy; working on her 
solo project, Broken Girl; and touring in support of Eric TripÕs latest 
Sub Pop  release, ÒForever AgainÓ.  On top of all of this, sheÕs tesching 
adults to swim,  a job that she had years ago, but took up again when she 
decided she needed something a little more stable to keep her busy while 
she waits for the baby.
	Julie the Broken Girl has released a single on Sappy Records, and 
she has a cassette out as well, of which only fifteen copies exist.  Her 
music is very personal, singing about loves lost and the little tragedies 
of every day life.  It has become popular to the point that fans call out 
to hear Broken Girl songs at EricÕs Trip shows.  She is in the midst of 
writing material for an upcoming full-length release, that she hopes will 
come out soon.  She has no plans to release it on her own label, but she 
is opting to shop it around to other labels.  If she canÕt find a taker 
(which in my humble opinion, is very unlikely) she will put out a single 
or two on her own. 
	Sappy Records are on a temporary hiatus, and Julie apologises 
deeply to those she may have offended.  She is a one woman operation, and 
is very backed up with orders.  Unfortunately, she is completely out of 
records - everything is sold, so be warned.  She hopes to have some new 
stock in by winter, but sheÕs not sure.  Future Sappy releases may 
include (but nothing is certain) a single from HalifaxÕs Merge, and a 
friend of herÕs from Ottawa.
	Julie is very content.  Her band has released a new album of what 
she calls Òvery personal songsÓ.  She says the decision to release two 
full-length albums so close together was due to the fact that they are 
extremely productive songwriters and really donÕt like to milk a record 
for too long.  She would never want to stuck in the position of many 
major label bands, where they release a record every two-years, and have 
to play the same songs over and over again. She doesnÕt feel that they 
are over-saturating the market, and points to bands like Sebadoh and 
Guided by Voices who put out tonnes of material, under their band names 
and under side projects.  	
	Julie believes that every good band puts out at least four great 
albums, which means that they have two to go by her count - not including 
their early independent releases.  She says this to reinforce the fact 
that EricÕs Trip are not breaking up.  She chuckles at rumours of new 
bass players and fighting within the band.  All of their side-projects 
(JulieÕs Broken Girl, ChrisÕ Moonsocket, MarkÕs Purple Knight) are 
extensions of their individual personalities that donÕt get brought to 
light in the band.  Their solo efforts are most likely doing more to keep 
them together than to break them apart.  
	As our conversation ends, she smiles and shakes my hand.  I ask 
her about her baby and she talks about someday driving around with her 
husband and her child, playing shows and being together.  The thought 
makes her glow in an honest, innocent way, and she leaves me with her 
final words: ÒTry to do everything you want to do, and make sure you are 
happyÓ.