Rob GarrattIndie electronica sound-smiths Errors are back with a new album and a tour that brings them to Norwich. ROB GARRATT caught up with guitarist, keys and programmer Steev Livingstone.Further listening: ErrorsRob Garratt
Indie electronica sound-smiths Errors are back with a new album and a tour that brings them to Norwich. ROB GARRATT caught up with guitarist, keys and programmer Steev Livingstone.
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Post-electro quartet Errors hit the scene after impressing fellow Glaswegians Mogwai, and signing to the band's label Rock Action Records in 2004.
Following on from their 2008 debut album, It's Not Something It's Like Whatever, the band released follow up Come Down With Me this week.
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Recorded in the band's very own, self-created studio in Glasgow, known as 'the freezer', its a largely self-produced effort, with added work from Steven Ward. They will be attempting to recreate the ambient electronic music live with guitars and lap tops at Norwich Arts Centre next week.
t How are things in the Errors camp?
The new album has just come out and we've been really happy with the feedback, people seem to like it and they've all been high-rated reviews, which probably helps with making us feel better.
t Tell us about the new album.
It was recorded in our studio over eight or nine months, it was good having our own space and it gave us a lot of freedom to sit and play about. On the last record we were in the studio spending money every day, but this time we had everything set up and could just go in and spend a lot of time getting everything aesthetically right. I think you can probably tell that in a way because there's a bit more to the sound, it's more of a live band, a bunch of guys working together not just starring at a computer.
t How has the process changed over time?
When we started off there were three of us in the band and it wasn't so much collaboration - it was more on guy would have a tune and it was almost finished by the time the rest of us heard it. The new one is a lot more equal in terms of the amount of input we had.
t How do you create your electronic music live?
We go to the studio and we just work out a way. A lot of our tracks have lots and lots of layers - on one we have 50 channels - and there's no way you can get 50 people playing together, although it would be nice. We pick out the main bits, the melody or something important and the drones can run off a lap top. It's not a backing track, it's being manipulated on stage, and all our electronic drums are live drums.
t How did you end up getting signed by Mogwai?
They came to one of early shows, the third one I think, and they said they were interested in maybe putting out a record. I didn't know what it meant at the time, I thought maybe they would listen to a demo and say 'no', but they put out our first EP, the first album, and now the new one too. And they're really good to us and plug us wherever possible. And they are great bosses, they don't really put any pressure on us, which can be great but can also be a problem.
t If your music were a landscape, what kind of landscape would it be?
A landscape where it changes within in a few miles, like Scotland. You can see a sofa and then a stream and then lots of lovely countryside and then a lake - I would say that's what our music is like.
t How was playing Latitude in 2008?
It was totally brilliant. It's one of those festivals where it's absolutely about the music, rather than about being in a field. There were other bands there that we actually wanted to see and it turned into something a bit mental. At that time it was the biggest show we had done and people still talk about it so it must have had a considerable affect. It's the one festival I would go back to as a punter, it's great. So many festivals could do with paying attention to Latitude, most of them are terrible.
t Your first EP was titled How Clean is Your Acid House. Where did you get the idea for the reality TV name?
It was a project I did at art school. I turned a wheelie bin into a mobile DJ unit and I was playing music out of it. I coined that phrase and we used it.
t How clean is your acid house?
It's filthy, nothing's been washed for months and there's fag butts everywhere and mould growing.
t And the new album - Come Down With Me - retuns to the Channel 4 theme…
We're quite into our reality TV show. We're thinking of doing the next one on Snog Marry Avoid? which is on BBC3 where they give a 'make under' to people who wear too much make up and make them wear normal clothes, and then rate them on 'snog, marry, avoid' in a computerised voice. I don't know how we'll use that name, it takes a long time to come up with such hilarious puns.
t Errors play Norwich Arts Centre on Friday, March 12.
t Come Down With Me is out now.