North East indie-pop and rock outfit, Echolines, have just released their new album so Lee Allcock caught up with the band to talk about their latest material, their inspirations, and their favourite gig of 2017.
For our readers who aren’t acquainted with Echolines just yet, how would you describe your sound? And what can they expect from your live shows?
Our sound is immediately accessible and yet a little indescribable. At times, the sound smacks you in the face and at others, it swirls up into a storm of our version of classic 80s-influenced indie. Our live shows are always delivered with passion, enthusiasm and energy. Expect glitter cannons, lights, video backdrops, Charlie’s antics and no covers.
Your debut album is packed with soul-lifting indie-pop and rock songs, but who/what are your inspirations behind some of the tracks?
Our influences are pretty diverse, from current edgy rock to the quality sounds of the alt-indie of the 80s and 90s. Take a song like ‘TheLastCoyote’, this evolved from a guitar line not dissimilar to Terry Bickers’ era ‘House Of Love’; the bass-line nods towards Simon Gallup of The Cure; the lyrics draw from Charlie’s rich literary back-catalogue, specifically, in this case, Michael Connelly’s detective anti-hero. So, it’s drawing on an amazing sonic palette with lyrics that are interesting, creative and original.
What’s your personal favourite song on your new album and why?
Listening to the full album, it’s hard to pick out just one track. But, to me, ‘UCall’ stands out as probably the closest we come to sounding like the bands we are influenced by, with the icing on the cake being Mike’s Ride-esque drums which fill the last 90 seconds of the song.
You played some fantastic gigs in 2017 including Hardwick Live, but what was your favourite Echolines gig of 2017 and why?
The Harrison at Kings Cross, London was a good night! We played alongside The Voluntears in front of a small crowd of about 30 people jumping about, elbow to elbow, in a tiny basement. We’ve reached a stage now where we can confidently deliver from our back-catalogue while challenging ourselves to keep testing out new material. We enjoy pushing the boundaries of what we can achieve live, using pyrotechnics, lighting, projection and electronica to create something which shows we are more than just another “guitar band”.
After the London gig, the fun continued after hours too. We were all staying in a local hostel where, at 3:30am, under the influence of a pint or two, our singer Charlie failed to negotiate the labyrinth of corridors in time to reach the toilet before nature called. CCTV captured the full extent of his plight and 30 seconds later he found himself face to face with the Warden who presented him with a mop and bucket, watched him clean up his mess, and finally fleeced him £25.00 as a cleanup fee. It’s not quite throwing a TV out of the Hotel window but…
What do you think can be done to help local bands showcase their skills?
Promoters of the larger venues should be willing to have more faith in a broader range of local original talent, thus providing more opportunities for more unsigned and new bands to support bigger touring acts.
And finally, what can we expect from you in 2018?
Fresh new music will be released every 2-3 months, so watch this space! We’ve got loads of new material in production and we want to get out there without having to wait for another album launch.
For further information about Echolines, including details about their recent release and their upcoming live dates, please head to echolines.co.uk.