Release Date: Mar 1, 2010
Record label: Rock Action
Genre(s): Indie, Electronic
Second album syndrome. It’s a phrase that denotes some obligation to evolve out of a bracket that is almost always doomed to fail. It defines how bands and artists are so readily pigeonholed through their first efforts and will never achieve anything greater. With Errors’ first full length, It’s Not Something, But It Is Like Whatever, they (arguably) managed to get rid of that ‘syndrome’, despite the fact that it was their full length debut.
Dance those winter blues away... Dance those winter blues away. Glasgow’s finest nerdtronica – in the sense they’re slavishly dedicated to unveiling ever-intricate ways to make us shake a leg – quartet have returned with a second album that takes the charm of their debut and cranks up the rave factor. ‘Supertribe’ is an irresistibly bouncy trip through three decades of electronic music while ‘Sorry About The Mess’ lets the Mogwai influence bubble carefully to the surface, and threaded throughout ‘Come Down...’ is an attention to detail that makes the drops heavier, as on the pummelling ‘A Rumour In Africa’, and the post-rock soundscapes much, er, soundscapier.
For every [b]Kissy Sellout[/b] or [b]Drums Of Death[/b] giving electro a bad name, for every po-faced post-rock meanderer that thinks they’re God’s gift just because they play guitar slowly, there’s sadly few [a]Errors[/a] redressing the balance. The young Glaswegian quartet’s 2008 debut [b]‘It’s Not Something But It Is Like Whatever’[/b] was an exciting blast from the leftfield, its taut and funky post-everything dance music a heartening sign that both these much-abused genres had life in them yet. It’s with mixed feelings, then, that we say that [a]Errors[/a]’ second album… does pretty much the same thing.
While the power of influence can be both a blessing and a curse for any ambitious emerging band, Glasgow’s Errors bear the burden a little more than most. The self-described “post-electro” quartet has had the good fortune of finding generous benefactors in post-rock heavies Mogwai, who took Errors under its wing by giving the young band exposure through opening slots on tours as well as releasing their records on Mogwai’s own Rock Action label. On Come Down with Me, it’s clear that Errors have learned the lessons of their genre-defining big brothers well, creating bold instrumental music that leaves enough room for nuance and conveys a tinge of dark humor without needing any words.
Errors have grafted real flesh to synthetic bone: this is the machine made man. Mike Diver 2010 While their tongues are often lodged in cheeks – this second album's title is (surely) a chuckle-pun on a certain television show of a culinary slant – Glasgow four-piece Errors have only ever been straight-of-face when it’s come to delivering the musical goods. Welcoming, amiable individuals off stage, such steely focus on their chosen art is admirably stolid.