Erm & Nickname are Andrew Newnham and Nicholas Langley. They met at the age of twelve and almost immediately chose the aliases Erm & Nickname for making radio-style tape recordings and comedy videos. They were both enthusiastic owners of recorder-Walkmans and eventually accrued hundreds of hours of improvised radio, comedy, songs and general silliness, most of which will never see the light of day.
Fast forward about twenty eight years and the Erm & Nickname personas can become a useful psychological retreat for the duo. They escaped into the woods of East Sussex for four days armed with only battery-powered gear and the sole intention of making music. Not to record an album or work on a cohesive project, but to immerse themselves in the therapeutic music process. They recorded rock songs, funk tracks, comedy numbers, but sooner or later the wood spirits always took over. They enveloped them, spoke through them. Their thin electronic sounds became one with the crackle of campfires and the wind through trees. The constant activity of arachnids, birds, insects and worms seemed to transmit both the life voice of creation and the deadly sirens' call into the ground. The song cycle ends with Hope.
"There's this Buddhist proverb 'Living without hope is like burying oneself,' which should be the album's tagline really. It was truly an unintended deep, personal, musical and lyrical experience for both of us...."
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