Echoic

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Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Echoic to find out more…

Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
The band is made up of:

Connor John Turner - Vocals
Jack Ford - Guitar
Sam Threadgold - Bass, Backing Vocals
Kēra Stewart - Drums, Backing Vocals

Jack and Connor met when Kēra discovered Connor on YouTube as a solo singer and offered to film a video for him. At the time, Connor was looking for a Guitarist to branch out from doing solo material, and then we ended up turning into a full band! Sam joined in 2017 after his last band (20 Cent Dreams) came to an end.

The band is based in Reading and London.

We found the name in a Thesaurus! We were trying to think of words that related to Connor's love of reverb in the early days, with Echoic meaning 'of or like an Echo'.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Connor: I’ve always admired most genres really, vocally I’ve always been influenced by artists like Jeff Buckley, John Legend and Muse. Recently I’m always listening to OneRepublic, Thirty Seconds To Mars and Sia.

Jack: I listened to anything and everything! I was a big fan of bands like Nirvana and Incubus. These days I can be found (I’ll find you!!!!!!) listening to a lot of Anderson. Paak, The Neighborhood amongst others.

Kēra: I've been influenced by every genre under the sun since I was a kid. Avenged Sevenfold and Paramore were a huge part of my teen years and made me really want to get out there and perform on stage. Currently I'm back into the charts and listen to a lot of Panic! at the Disco, JP Cooper, Zayn and Shawn Mendes.

Sam: I used to be (and still am) big into british alt rock bands like You Me At Six/Deaf Havana/Boston Manor. Currently I'm into poppier kinda stuff, along the lines of Fickle Friends, Charlie Puth and the new Panic and 5 Seconds of Summer albums!

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How would you describe your sound?
'Alternative Pop'

What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
The latest release we put out was our stripped back, alternative version of our track, 'Blame'. We enjoy mixing up our song arrangements for different versions.

The song is about how in the heat of an argument people struggle to see things clearly and get defensive, rather than trying to understand things from a better perspective.

What’s your local music scene like?
We've got a great scene here with stuff like the Are You Listening Festival happening every April, and of course, Reading Festival every August. Locally we have some great promoters putting on loads of wicked events and some amazing bands that have come out of our town recently.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We are heading out on tour this week, August 2nd-5th with WARHORNS, and will be playing the following:

August 2nd - Exeter - The Cavern
August 3rd - Andover - The Rockhouse
August 4th - Bristol - The Louisiana (Behave! All Dayer Day 1)
August 5th - Torquay - The Apple & Parrot (Behave! All Dayer Day 2)

You can also see us on the 18th of August in Bracknell, at The Acoustic Couch and on August 31st we are performing at Wilkestock Festival alongside Mallory Knox, Trash Boat and loads of sick bands!

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Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Jeff Buckley would have been a good one. But a collab with Post Malone would be cool.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Waaaaay too many to write about here! One time when Connor jumped from the stage straight into a multi-spin pole dance manoeuvre in the middle of the venue, Kēra falling off her drum stool. Jack and Sam haven't had any majorly embarrassing accidents yet. Oh and we drove the wrong way round the M25 to a gig once, nearly ending up in France when we were trying to go to Cambridge...

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
Kēra does a mean Shakira impression!

You can find out more about Echoic at their website or via Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify, Twitter or YouTube.