Erra is a five piece progressive metalcore band hailing from Birmingham, Alabama that formed in 2009. Their namesake comes from Akkadian mythology and represents mayhem (something that comes to mind when giving them a listen). The band, consisting of Garrison Lee, Jesse Cash, Alan Rigdon, and Alex Ballew, solidified their technical sound after relentlessly practicing and writing. They take their influences from well respected groups like Misery Signals, Born of Osiris, As I Lay Dying and Saosin, and thrive on being creative and showcasing their talent through performances.
Erra wants to offer a refreshing sound in an otherwise over-saturated market. It’s not about fashion or status; it’s about using raw talent and energy to create genuine songs that will give hope to the listener.
Their latest offering Impulse was released on Tragic Hero Records and maintains their technical ability while presenting songs with the potential to embrace a broader audience. “Nothing is taken away or watered down, only improved upon,” says guitarist Jesse Cash. “A big message in the album is that experience and intuition is a greater tool for comprehending reality than rationalism or science. It centers around struggles that we (and most individuals) have faced throughout our lives and addresses many relatable subjects including the relationship between science and religion, death of loved ones, divorce, and renewal of one’s self.” Following the release, they toured with The Plot In You and performed at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, which featured Anthrax, Hatebreed, Dillinger Escape Plan, and Suicidal Tendencies, etc. Erra doesn’t let success go to their heads though; their true idea of success hinges on bringing a product that has replay value for years to come.