I had never heard of ERRA when a friend of mine asked if I wanted to check them out at Sons Of Hermann Hall here in Dallas, and write about it. You guys know I’m ALWAYS up for it when it comes to new bands, so I was pretty excited. I set about listening to their Impulse album for about a week straight prior to the show. This is one hell of a band; both on record, and live, lemme tell ya!
I got to the venue just as the previous band was finishing up. I was glad because I had been given a mission, and that was to see ERRA. Opening up with “Valbaara”, one of the strongest tracks on the album, the band was in fine form, and every kid in the place quickly went ballistic! The pit was HUGE, and the fact that this was a floor show with only the drummer on a stage really had the guys right in the thick of it. You could tell they loved it, and were feeding off that energy, especially the singer/growler, a nice guy who was filling in for regular band member Garrison Lee. The back and forth between him and guitarist/vocalist Jesse Cash’s clean voice is very unique. No one, and I do mean NO ONE sounds like ERRA.
Up next were “Heart”, and album opener “White Noise”, another one of my favorites, and judging by the ramped-up intensity of the pit, a lot of other people’s as well. “Pattern Interrupt” has some of the best riffage and drumming on the record, and just pummels live. Jesse really shines on this song, too. The guys have an album coming out this fall via Tragic Hero Records, and we, the final audience of the tour, were treated to a new song from it, “Hybrid Earth”. I can’t say this enough. The fans ate it up like it was a song they’ve known for years! There were seven bands on this bill, and the ERRA shirts far outnumbered everyone else’s at Sons Of Hermann Hall this night.
Jesse thanked everyone before they closed with “Seven”, once more whipping the crowd into a frenzy. He also stated that this was his favorite show of the tour, because of the intensity. Now, most people wouldn’t believe that, or chalk it up to typical onstage banter, but he also told me the same thing privately as I was picking up a t-shirt for Mini-Amps, and I believed him. ERRA is a band that’s going places. They have a perfect blend of guttural growls and clean vocals, and the rhythm section is top notch. When they get back on the road this fall in support of the new album, do yourself a favor: GO SEE THEM!!