This October will see the long-awaited release of an album that by a tragic turn of events nearly didn’t see the light of day. In July 2013, singer-songwriter Chris Austin died from heart failure, aged 36, just a day after discovering that he had cancer.
Chris Austin was the brainchild behind Tape Error, a band from the Medway towns in Kent, who exploded onto the local scene that unearthed stars like Billy Childish, Lupen Crook and Kid Harpoon.
Brimming with raw honesty, Chris Austin’s songwriting marked him out as a unique talent. Tape Error built up a cult following with their sound – lo-fi and acoustic at heart, built up around the edges by vocal harmonies and drums, recorded using just one microphone.
But tragedy struck just as the band were gearing up for an album release. Reeling from the shock of Chris’s untimely death, Tape Error disbanded and plans for the album were put on hold.
On the 10th anniversary of Chris Austin’s passing, the album that was the culmination of his life’s work will finally get the release it deserves. Tape Error’s self-titled debut sets in place a lasting legacy for one of the Medway towns most iconic musical talents.
Tape Error’s album is released on 6th October. Pre-order here