Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Jon from unsigned Birmingham based band Echo Gecco 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?
Josh Hunt - lead vocals, guitar
Kecach Hoang - bass, backing vocals
Jon Aymes - drums, backing vocals
Josh and Jon met at college, Keeg and Josh met at university, Jon and Keeg met when we were all jamming together.
The band is Birmingham based, Josh and Jon live in Stourbridge and Keeg lives in Worcester. We all grew up around Birmingham and the Black Country.
The band name formed from a picture of a lizard. It was climbing up a plant and raising one hand with what looked like a peace sign. Despite the lizard not being a gecko, we somehow ended up with Echo Gecco.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up, we had a mixture of rock, metal and Brit pop such as Blur, Beautiful South, David Bowie, Metallica.
Nowadays we're exploring prog, jazz, psychedelic rock, funk such as Devin Townsend, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Gong, Vulfpeck.
How would you describe your sound?
We struggle to define it one genre. Its base is rock but we enjoy experimenting with fusing other genres into it. Someone once said we were a psychedelic nightmare and we liked that.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Sit In Glass. The song has a narrative but it's essentially about wanting the crowd to be involved at live shows.
What’s your local music scene like?
Birmingham has a reputation as a tough scene to work in but there are some great bands and promoters working hard to counter this.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We recorded our latest single by ourselves and it went well, so we're planning on recording a concept album and another EP. We're also recording another single with a friend for their university work. We're applying for festivals for 2020 and generally escaping the Midlands as much as we can.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
We're big fans of the output of Flightless Records, otherwise it'd be a dream to work with any of our favourite bands and influences. Wider than that, anyone that's willing to experiment and find new sounds.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Josh has an odd talent for being able to make up coherent lyrics on the spot - they rhyme and everything. He's also the most chaotic one on the stage, so far he's smacked Keeg's face with his headstock and fallen into Jon's kit.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
That we exist to make energetic experimental music and we're dying to play around the UK and beyond!