Originally formed in 1999 and currently featuring Jenny Holyston (vocals, guitar, trumpet and keyboards), Ellie Erickson (bass) and Bianca Sparta (drums), the San Francisco, CA-based post-punk trio of Erase Errata have frequently claimed bands such as Captain Beefheart, The Minutemen, and The Fall as influences; in fact, that shouldn’t be terribly surprising as the Bay Area-based trio have developed a reputation for writing songs that clock in at 60 seconds or less, heady improvisation and a sense of experimentation.
And after a four-year hiatus, the Bay Area-based trio will be releasing their fourth full length effort, Lost Weekend, which is slated for a January 20 release through the band’s own label, Under the Sun Records. The album’s second single “History of Handclaps” bears a resemblance to the album’s first single “My Life In Shadows in the sense that the both songs are comprised of angular guitar chords, an undulating bass line and frenetic drumming. However, "History of Handclaps” has a hook punctuated with warm blasts of horn and naturally, handclaps. As I was listening to this track I was reminded of the song’s dim resemblance to Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Subway to Venus” but bit more ethereal.