When Erik Lundquist isn't patrolling the streets keeping them safe as a Richland police officer, he's trolling the nightclubs making music.
He and his bandmates, who call themselves Chlorine Dream, have been playing rock together for several years. They'll rock the house at Ray's Golden Lion on Oct. 20 with a slew of other bands from around the Northwest like Neverwas, Citizen Hi-Fi, Midnight Parkade and Zero Theory.
Showtime is 9 p.m. Cover is $10, and all ages are welcome.
Lundquist, who moved to the Tri-Cities 17 years ago, was raised in Tacoma, where his father also was a police officer.
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He would have preferred to make a living as a musician, and for a time during college, he did play professionally in the Seattle area, he said.
But he wanted a family, and life on the road making music isn't always a family-friendly environment.
"It was a career choice for sure," Lundquist said. "And I suppose I'm not your typical cop because there aren't many of us musicians in this line of work. And it's not always easy finding musicians comfortable playing with a police officer."
But he did find three guys who didn't have a problem hanging with a cop -- Jimmy V on lead guitar, Frank Blair on rhythm guitar and Jason Blessing on drums. They've also played under the names Switch, No Rule Six and Kaiser Soze.
"Our music comes from a conglomerate of ideas between all of us," Lundquist said. He adds that Chlorine Dream's music is a heavier rock sound, but with a progressive rock flavor.
"I love the music of Pink Floyd," he said. "But I appreciate all kinds of music. We play rock, but I am influenced by all the things we listen to -- rock, jazz, classical, blues, you name it.
"And we write music because it is our passion and our way to deal with the stresses of our lives. Everybody has to have something. Music has always been my sanctuary."
He also has a special fondness for the sound of music on vintage vinyl.
"Vinyl records are making a comeback," Lundquist said. "There truly is a jaw-dropping difference in sound when you listen to it on vinyl. It's closer to hearing music played live, and that's what I like."
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org