ERASE ERRATA'S POST-RIOT GRRRL, POST-FEMINIST POST-PUNK // The Bay Area quartet creates a new kind of noise.
|Interview Jenny Tatone Photography Jim McGinnis|
"It was so impressive to me how restrained we were and how polite we were about all the injustice. I felt like we were all just eating shit and smiling. And the song came out of that and it just exploded." Jenny Hoysten, re "How to Tell Yourself From A Television"
Tatone: You've also been called post-riot grrrl. Do you feel, in any way, associated with that movement in music, or affected by it, connected to it?
Hoysten: It definitely had a big impact on me when I was like 16, 17 years old.
Sparta: I wasn't really affected by that. I was in Texas, so that wasn't really going on. I missed that whole thing, but all the riot grrrl musicians are still around.
Erickson: We play with them a lot.
Sparta: And we play with them, so we have a semi-community with them in a certain way, but it's not like we all identify with them.
Tatone: Is there any sort of feminist thought in the music you make?
Jaffe: Sure, not necessarily in terms of an agenda.
Erickson: I wouldn't say that anything really has an agenda necessarily. We're empowered women [laughing].
Jaffe: I really think there are a lot of girls out there playing, you know, fucked-up guitar or whatever, and that makes me feel...
Sparta: There are so many girls playing music, I think it's sort of funny how there's such an emphasis on...
Erickson: Do people forget like from band to band "Oh my God! All these girls are playing music too!" [laughing].
Hoysten: It's the scene we're in, 'cause we're around that stuff all the time. I've lived places where I've been like, "There's no girl bands in this town. I have to form a band just so that there's not just a bunch of dudes playing music." I mean, we're definitely privileged to be in a scene where that's not the case, so I think it's easier for us.
Tatone: Has there been any discrimination, then, that you've felt, being musicians, being girls?
Sparta: Sound guys yeah especially during sound checks.
Tatone: What do they do?
Sparta: Think we don't know anything about our own equipment.
Hoysten: They tell us like where to plug in our cords [laughing]: "You plug in your cord right here." More just ignorance.
Tatone: As musicians, do you live your life day-to-day, or do you have long-term plans?
Hoysten: We have places we'd like to go and, right now, we're planning on writing for a second record.
Erickson: We have like six-month plans.
Hoysten: Generally, we think like six months ahead.