In February of 2009 Ladyfinger (ne) released their sophomore effort Dusk. The
album bridged three decades of influence, mixing early 70’s classic rock with
punk and hardcore of the late 80’s and early 90’s. This unique fusion gained
them praise (Pitchfork called Dusk’s lead single ‘Little Things’ “all power and
momentum and baldface 70’s classic-rock glory”) and a pack of new fans.
After a brief time away and a lineup change, Ladyfinger (ne) began playing
shows on and off in early 2010. The shows went well and by the summer of 2011
the band was revisiting unfinished songs from the Dusk sessions and writing
new tracks. In May of 2012 the band found itself at ARC studios in Omaha once
again recording with their longtime producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Minus the
Bear, Isis). Singer/Guitarist Chris Machmuller best sums up the band’s return:
“Ladyfinger (ne) is not in demand. Few are awaiting an upcoming release.
There are no contracts to satisfy, nor schedules to maintain. No booking agent
to pester. No publicist to rip us off. Despite these realities, or perhaps because
of them, this album was written for the same reason as the previous two: The
music was there.
Upon listening to the ten songs found on Errant Forms it’s clear that the music
was indeed there. Their signature mix of classic rock bombast and punk grit
is back on display here in standout tracks “Galactic” and “Poison For Hire”,
while “Birds” paints an ominous vision of atonement over subtle guitars that
slowly build until absolution is realized with the pounding drums and organ that
emerge at the song’s climax. Lead single “Dark Horse” is an ode to escapism
that stands out for being as solemn as it is anthemic. Errant Forms adds a
new level of musical nuance and lyrical breadth to Ladyfinger (ne)’s already