Glasgow’s Errors recently dropped one of the most beautiful & sonically interesting EPs of recent times in the shape of “How Clean Is Your Acid House?” on Mogwai’s Rock Action Records. Five cuts of laptop generated analogue instrumental squelch decorated with eloquently shaped guitar figures & seemingly random samples that are amongst the most beautifully haunting melodies I’ve heard this year.
Recorded at Mogwai’s Castle Of Doom studios & produced by the Gwai’s very own John Cummings, “How Clean Is Your Acid House” is a veritable cornucopia of generated wonderment.
I was so impressed I tracked down Error’s Greg Paterson to shoot the shit & bring the juice direct to your browser.
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trakMARX - How long have you been making ERRORS - & how did the process begin?
Greg - It's been 2 years since we really started doing the music we're making now. It's been a slow process though. At first we were making tunes all the time because we had time, but recently it's slowed down a bit. Recording and mixing became a priority and writing has taken the back seat. Hopefully that'll soon change.
trakMARX - By your own admittance - your early creations verged towards 'dodgy electro stuff'. Where did that darkside spring from?
Greg - When we wrote “Songos Ya Mongos” we were aware of a change in the sound and were happy to take this darker path for a while. You never know, maybe we'll find the dodgy road again some day.
trakMARX - ERRORS core comprises laptop, keys & guitar - but you've recently added a fourth member. Who is he & what has he brought to the party?
Greg - James is a metronomic miracle. He had originally recorded drums for our 7" single “Hans Herman”, but was playing in another Glasgow band at the time. When that fell through, James joined for real. More Scottish beef for the buffet!
trakMARX - You claim to have set sail with a big New Order jones - now you're not so sure. Why? It sounds fucking fantastic to us.
Greg - We're never sure about stuff, really. Things are better when you don't try too hard or stick to one type of sound. So we'll be trying new things in the future. It won't sound too different though.
trakMARX - You site Pavement, Sonic Youth, Shellac, Kraftwerk & the previously mentioned New Order as influences - but have obviously soaked up a bit of local colour too!! How did you hook up with John Cummings, Mogwai & Rock Action?
Greg - It was something that just happened really. If you live in Glasgow and you are in a band you just meet people and things either happen or they don't. I think it was Craig (Rock Action) and Barry (Mogwai) who were first into our music. They came to a night at the art school where we were playing and apparently asked us to be on the label. I don't remember this though.
trakMARX - What was it like working inside the Castle Of Doom?
Greg - High up on the hillsides of the dark realm of Glasgow lies the Castle of Doom. Actually, it's right next to an old primary school on Woodlands Road. We felt very much at home. They had the TV hooked up to Sky and everything.
trakMARX - You say the laptop hinders you live from time to time - how do envisage getting round that problem in the long run?
Greg - Well that was when Simon was using his old laptop. We have now been fortunate enough to get a Mac. We haven't had a problem since...touch wood.
trakMARX - Apparently you gig more often than you rehearse. Does that mean you make a lot of it up as you go along?
Greg - Em...I'd say we practice a little more now. Maybe once for every gig. I guess we feel comfortable enough to rely on each other’s abilities or something.
trakMARX - Have you got any copies of your debut single left under the bed? I need one of those.
Greg - Ah...yes. I have a few, I use them as coasters.
trakMARX - For all it's electronic manipulation, the "How Clean Is Your Acid House?" EP sounds unnervingly human to us - is that part of the game plan?
Greg – Yes!
trakMARX - The diversity of the current Glasgow music fraternity is refreshingly disparate. Considering the 'sheep herding mentality' of other regional areas we could subtly hint at, where does that sense of willful eclecticism come from?
Greg - I don't think anyone in Glasgow is out to start a revolution or anything. I'd say most music is done out of love. Sometimes when I see bands from other parts of the country I can't help but think that they are trying to out do each other, be the next big thing, etc.
trakMARX - We understand sessions are soon to be underway for further recordings. What's the program?
Greg – Well, we'd like to start recording new tunes really soon. There are a lot of ideas ready and waiting - so it's just a case of finding a suitable time for everyone. Probably a new single by the summer?
trakMARX - Will you be staying with Rock Action?
Greg - Oh yeah. We're engaged.
trakMARX - With magazines like Clash & groups as exciting as yourselves & Uncle John & Whitelock, are we on the cusp of another purple patch for Scottish music?
Greg - Only time will tell.
trakMARX - Which other local outfits could you recommend to discerning music lovers of a non-corporate bent?
Greg - We like Findo Gask, Dananananaykroyd and Shit Disco.
trakMARX - And finally: where would ERRORS like to be by this time next year?
Greg - Still functioning.
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