Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Speak Softly and Kick out the Jams: Queer-Inclusive Experimental Rock Band Erase Errata Lets the Music Do the Talking

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Speak Softly and Kick out the Jams: Queer-Inclusive Experimental Rock Band Erase Errata Lets the Music Do the Talking

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The four members of Erase Errata, based in San Francisco and Oakland, clam up when asked about their sophomore album s title, At Crystal Palace (Troubleman). "Crystal Palace is a real place, and it's also a state of mind," vocalist Jenny Hoysten says cryptically.

Research turns up a clue: A Crystal Palace was built in London in 1851 to display the products of the British Empire. Is this glass exhibition hall a metaphor for the precarious postboom culture of the band's Bay Area home, or even for America in an uncertain period of global expansion? Well, such fragile walls had better look out for Erase Errata. The liner notes for its debut album, 2001's Other Animals, proclaimed, "We are the masons for the gated communities"; two years later the band continues to pose a threat to complacency everywhere.

Erase Errata's steady, danceable beats and knife-sharp guitar parts have attracted a devoted following in the noise-rock world while drawing support from eminent groups like the Ex and Sonic Youth. Hoysten's dramatic vocals ricochet between spooky gospel and staccato declamations as guitarist Sara Jaffe churns out angular riffs and scrambled, mixmaster-style fusillades. The devastatingly solid rhythm section of Ellie Erickson (bass) and Bianca Sparta (drums) holds the whole glorious mess together, borrowing freely from funk, disco, and punk. …

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