Emerging Artists #16 – Echo Lake

February 11, 2011 by  

Echo Lake first appeared in the early summer of 2010 with their debut track ’Everything is Real’ which garnered some love from certain corners and more importantly got them their first record deal . As they prepare to release their debut EP through No Pain In Pop, it would be very easy to try and chuck them in with the ‘gazers and chillwave kids of 2011, but what lies underneath their sheets of distortion are intricate and at times ethereal melodies, which propel them away from the standard shoe gaze sound and draw you into their murky overdrive laden world…

Standard first question; how did you all get together, where you all from and why did you decide to make music together?

I met Linda when we’d both just moved to London from Brighton and Birmingham to study at Camberwell art college. I grew up with the guys and we have played in bands together before. Originally Echo Lake was kind of a solo project but after Linda joined it started to get a bit more serious. Then we formed into a proper band so that we could play live.

What’s behind the band’s sound and how did you come to it?

I’m not even sure anymore. I was just writing songs on my own for ages in my room and it was just the sound that happened. I was interested in making ambient, droning, psychedelic pop music and Linda was on the same level, so her voice and ideas perfectly suited what I was doing. I wanted our EP to sound as raw and atmospheric as possible and I think we achieved that. The newer stuff we have been writing is slightly different, we’re trying to find our own sound and this is just the first step really.

What equipment are you using for recording, and is there any particular reason behind the choice?

Sometimes I use my laptop and sometimes I record through my analog 4 tracks. The only reason for this is that it’s all I own. It also means I can go through different processes to find the sound I want, so I’m always learning new things about recording which is cool because I love doing it. Hopefully at some point we will get the chance to record in a proper studio which would be a great chance to polish up our sound a bit but at the moment we’re not too worried about any of that.

Where was your first gig and what was it like?

I don’t know if you mean the bands first gig or the first gig I ever attended, so I’m going for the latter because I wanna get it off my chest anyway. My first proper gig was the Smashing Pumpkins. Kier, Steve and I went and it was terrible. They were actually really cool to watch obviously and it was interesting how they did it, they played half the set all dressed in white, playing mellow versions of the songs. But then the second half of the set they were all dressed in black and played terrible heavy metal versions of the other songs. Then there was no encore and there were all these die hard fans around me crying, I was so gutted. I remember reading the NME the following week and Billy Corgan saying he didn’t play an encore because we didn’t clap enough. He’s a dick for saying that.

What’s been your favourite gig you’ve done and what was that like?

Probably Radfest, which was actually our fist show. We got all this free stuff and the room was packed out, luckily it went well. We also played a gig in a venue called the Social with Still Corners for The Line Of Best Fit which was awesome, it was just one of those gigs where even the mistakes we made just made everything sound better. But I have to say luckily all of our gigs have been pretty enjoyable since we started but we have still only played a handful.

What bands/artists are you into at the moment; new or old?

Both. I just can’t stop listening to the new Destroyer album and Twin Shadows record. They are so good. I love Dan Bejars voice, he sounds like the front men of a lot of late 80s early 90s bands that I grew up with. I listen to loads of old stuff all of the time, the Beach Boys, Van Morrison, The Velvet Underground, Bruce Springsteen, Spacemen 3 etc etc etc…

What can people expect when they come to your live shows?

A totally different sound to the record. We are faster, way heavier and the arrangements are very different as well. I think if you like our songs you need to come and see us live because we put a lot of effort into making it a different experience to the recordings.

If you could get one band to reform who would it be?

Tough call. Maybe At the Drive In because I missed them first time around. I think it would be a shame for a great band like The Stone Roses to reform. I hope they resist the temptation forever and leave the legacy well alone.

Do you have any confirmed plans for an album yet and if so what can we expect?

Not yet. We pretty much have an albums worth of material written so hopefully it will happen. If it does then I think you can expect better songs. We are a bit more comfortable working together than we were 6 months ago and our new songs are just a bit more confident and relaxed. The sound won’t be as harsh either because we’ve done that sound and now it’s time to move on.

What’s up next for the band?

Our EP is released on Feb 14th through No Pain In Pop. That week we are also supporting Dean Wareham of Galaxie 500 in Brighton which is going to be amazing. Especially as it’s Linda’s homecoming show. A few days after that we are having our EP launch party at a venue called the Old Blue Last in Shoreditch. After that, who knows. Hopefully we’ll get the chance to tour and release a new record!

Echo Lake – Young Silence


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