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As an Erase Errata fanatic, I had very high expectations for this album. So it took me three passes of the entire album before I realized how incredible this is. Despite the absence of Sara Jaffe on guitar, Erase Errata continues their uncompromising style and yet this album is totally danceable just as the other three. It's not as hyper jagged as the past two albums (largely due to Sara) but there's no mistaking them for anyone else out there. I see this as their transitional album and it's an amazing effort given that they had to regroup as a three-piece band. On songs like "cruising," "hotel suicide" and "rider" there are lead-ins which sets up the songs before Bianca's fast and clean dance beats kick in. Ellie bass sounds fatter, growlier, and more prominent especially without Sara. Jenny is more melodic than probably in the previous albums combined. Still songs like "cruising," "tax dollar" and "giant hans" continue her rap-like delivery. However a few things make this from being perfect (and minor ones at that): a few of the overtly political lyrics don't feel as natural as the stream-of-conscious and allegorical lyrics and I didn't care for some of the effects but this maybe because I love hearing them live. Still I'm glad that they continue to explore new grounds instead of repeating themselves. If I had to pick one song from this album as a standout, it would be "rider." It's a tour de force of Erase Errata's style and structure. It begins with staccato guitar strums and a bassline that builds to the fury of changes and beats. The changes are radical and yet sound completely natural in its transition. At four minutes, this is certainly their lengthiest song, a welcome change to the usual two minute songs. Nightlife is one of my favorite album of 2006 right up there with The Gossip's Standing in the Way of Control. It's firmly rooted in their past albums and yet there is enough progression to make it unique. It also hints at what is to come for this band. Those new to Erase Errata will find this surprisingly accessible and definitely rock-out-able. For the fans, be prepared to dance like a fool.

nightlife, for day or night

Fantastic album from SF trio. Solid drumming, innovative bass style and scorching lyrics all arranged beautifully in this highly listenable effort. Some songs: "Giant Hans", "Rider" and "Cruising" demand high volume and evoke a sing along. Others: "He Wants What's Mine", "Nightlife" are exactly as they should be coming from this trio and border on experimental. The gems: "Cruising", "Tax Dollar", "Hotel Suicide", and "Another Genius Idea from Our Government". Worth the wait.


it just keeps getting better.....stop reading this and buy it!!


Formed: 1999

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The music of Erase Errata has been compared to such eclectic experimentalists as Captain Beefheart, the Minutemen, and the Dog Faced Hermans, due to the fact that the group possess an uncanny knack of improvising on the spot (claiming that they could improvise a whole set if pressed to). Originally comprised of members Jenny Hoyston (vocals and trumpet), Ellie Erickson (bass), Bianca Sparta (drums), and Sara Jaffe (guitar), Erase Errata formed in San Francisco in December of 1999, when the group...
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