A fresh Sunday Session to keep us warm in December. Errant Boy have a new record on the shelf and will play a wee set in the shop on the 9th. Support is from their labelmate (Errant Media) Stephen McLaren. They’ll be on at 4pm and it’ll warm your soul. Failing that, we’ll get some mulled wine in to do the job. Here’s the single Means. The words are poetry. I love it!
Edinburgh-based trio Errant Boy’s second album Memory Fractures continues to finesse and develop the taut song-writing of debut collection A Wayward Mirror (2016).
Memory Fractures begins with Means’ Italian film sample and ends on The Undeserted House’s haunted babble. In between are snapshots of a tense Belfast childhood and alcohol-fuelled bliss and regret in Edinburgh, North London and beyond. A striking guitar gauze duels with a solid but unfussy rhythm section throughout, perfectly serving these mostly short blasts of experience. Musically, it’s melodic and lean, intense and compact. Lyrically, it draws on autobiographical fragments spanning childhood, youth, twenties cutting loose and fatherhood.
Errant Boy is Chris Harvie (guitars/songs), Sarrah McLaren (drums), Sean Ormsby (voice/bass/songs).
Formed in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2015, the band has been building on its well-reviewed debut which included a four star review in The Scotsman and radio play as a BBC Introducing artist. The band takes inspiration from the smart guitar pop of the 1980s and adores Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, The Go-Betweens, Felt and The Smiths.
‘Debonair’ (BBC Introducing Scotland podcast)
**** (The Scotsman newspaper)
‘Revelatory’ (Glasgow Podcart Track of the Day)
‘elegant, experimental pop’ (The List magazine)
‘frankly superb’ (Scottish Fiction Track of the Day)
‘lighthearted and sinister’ (The National newspaper)
‘striking sound and unconventional style’ (RaveChild blog)
‘it’s a song to fall in love with and to – simply thrilling, honey’ (Scots Whay Hae blog)
‘excellent dynamics…demands repeated plays’ (When You Motor Away blog)
‘a frenetic sonic whirlpool’ (The Barley Boat blog)
The band has also co-founded and developed Errant Media an independent label and home to Shards, Errant Boy, Stephen McLaren and Locked Hands. Releases have already been supported by BBC Introducing Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway Show, respected blogs like Song, By Toad, Scottish Fiction, Faronheit, Almost Predictable, Almost, When You Motor Away, Penny Black and Scots Whay Hae as well as UK and international podcasters and print media like The Scotsman, The Herald, The Skinny, The List and The National. Errant Media also promotes regular gigs at Edinburgh’s revered Leith Depot.
Have a Happy Hardcore Christmas!