On February 24, 2004 Epitaph will release the 5 song debut EP from Error. Comprised of Bad Religion's Brett Gurewitz, Nine Inch Nails' co-conspirator Atticus Ross and his younger sibling Leopold, as well as singer Greg Puciato, on loan from Dillinger Escape Plan, Error was spawned by a desire to upset convention. Despite the glitched implications of its moniker, Error is no blunder.
"What we're doing is taking what would ordinarily be live music - punk rock - and doing it strictly with machines," explains Gurewitz. "We're trying to make something new."
Frustrated at how aggressive music seemed to have largely become the domain of goateed guys angry at nothing and dreaming of Big Black the concept of Error was born late one night a year ago when Atticus wrote the beginnings of the song "Nothing's Working." Once Leo had added guitar and bass they decided to write another one, and thus the band was born. Fusing some of the more extreme developments in electronic music within a traditional punk song structure they found the perfect collaborator in Gurewitz who was also feeling the need to some something unconventional with music.
"The thing that I wanted to try and do with Error is move music away from these banal, morons on the radio," says Atticus, who first rose to prominence in the mid-90s programming for U.K. electronica act Bomb the Bass before aligning his own band, 12 Rounds, to Trent Reznor's Nothing label later in the decade. "I'm so bored with that music, it's talking about nothing. I like aggressive music, but I don't like dumb aggressive."
Adds Gurewitz, "It was cathartic for me to write these songs because I'm not allowed to be nihilistic in Bad Religion. Bad Religion has a legacy, in that we write very thoughtful lyrics that contain some social commentary and some allegory, so I have to honor that. With Error, it's exhilarating because I can be unabashedly cynical and negative."
Error defies the hackneyed state of music. Creating something new out of punk and electronica's existing parts, Error is that rare, unbounded entity. Look for a full-length album mid 2004.