No Wave Not No Wave 

Critic's Language and Erase Errata

Erase Errata

Mon July 14

Disjecta

When I first interviewed Erase Errata for the Mercury, I declared the "no wave revival freak-out" (to quote myself, sorry) both alive and dead, predicting we'd get sick of said revival in about 23 minutes. Of course, two years later, the term "no wave" is as common in music journalism as half-timed disco beats are in punk rock--and Erase Errata is still the best danceable, artistic punk band on earth.

In researching for the seven trillion words I've written about Erase Errata in the past month, I found a fanzine online, wherein Erase Errata vocalist Jenny Hoyston discussed said Mercury article with an interviewer, and disputed the fact that Erase Errata were no wave. So I asked her about it.

"Weasel Walter [of Flying Luttenbachers, and sometime-Erase Errata auxiliary drummer] was ripping off no wave five or six years before we were," Hoyston observes. "But when someone says we're no wave, it's not really something that bugs us, cause I can identify with that, and I can pick out parts or a progression [in our music] where it's directly related [to no wave]. I think the predicament of journalism about visual or audio art is that your job is to find the words or phrases to describe something that is beyond words. I would hope we wouldn't get pigeonholed, but we're not the follower band you might see, now that everyone's rushing to join the Gang of Four sounds-like band. Call me whatever just call me," she laughs.

A person with a stronger viewpoint on the subject: Mike Simonetti, il presidente over at Erase Errata's label, Troubleman Records. "There hasn't been a true no wave band yet cause no one can bear to listen to that kind of music! For me, no wave is like, unlistenable music. People lump in the synths bands and the post-punk bands and the disco bands all into this category. The whole no wave thing is annoying," says Simonetti. "The only true no-wave band I've released is Hex. Hiphop was the first no wave."

Erase Errata's second full-length, At Crystal Palace, will be released this September. It's INSANELY good--all shifting angles, beehive melodies and authoritative, questioning lyrics. The band says they'll play selections from the record at Monday's show.

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