MUSIC FEATURE: Five Minutes With…ERRA
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Almost three years after their fourth full-length Neon, progressive metalcore outfit ERRA are back with their new self-titled record. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Grammy-nominated duo Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland, ERRA tackle depression, anxiety and desperation on the fifth studio effort, which is out later this week via UNFD. We caught up with vocalist Joseph “JT” Cavey ahead of the release, to discuss ERRA‘s formation, ambitions, influences and more.
Firstly, tell us a bit about yourself and your band.
Greetings all! I am Joseph “JT” Cavey, screaming and newly singing member of ERRA, hailing currently from Birmingham, AL where the band is based out of. Very excited to get new music out and plan some shows for the motherland.
How did the band form and how long have you been together?
The band formed from high school homies, eventually banding together after other younger and former projects around 2009/2010? (Need Jesse to confirm that). We have been through a few member changes, including myself, but the current line-up as been a thing since 2017 or so.
Can you remember the first time you realised you wanted to make music?
Well while I didn’t fall into the touring world until much later than my bandmates, I have always wanted to participate in a side of music that I was so passionate about. Growing into this world has been quite a journey and being able to shape it first hand has ended up becoming a dream come true.
Who and what are the band’s main influences?
Our members have a musical taste that’s all over the place, honestly. While we do enjoy music similar to what we create from our associates and the like, we really are all over the place with our tastes, which is honestly nice. You might be surprised as to where we are inspired by other musicians. Country, synthwave, hip hop…it’s really endless.
What do you aim to achieve as a band?
I think throughout our record cycles we have created some sort of “foundation sound” or “staple” riffs and patterns you expect to hear from us, but lately, we ultimately want to write something that we are proud of and excited to play. We don’t mind writing a “safe” song here and there, but we do believe experimentation is very important for the progression of our band and growth from us as musicians.
For those who are yet to see you live, what can they expect from an ERRA show?
Soaring choruses with harmonies, breakdowns, solos, crazy lights and headbanging.
What’s next for ERRA?
TOUR TOUR TOUR.
ERRA, the band’s self-titled album, is due for release on 19th March 2021 via UNFD, available to pre-order HERE.
On 23rd March 2021, ERRA will join Reddit’s /metalcore board for a live AMA starting at midnight in the UK – find out more HERE.