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Wednesday 03 October 2018

Echo Town: Richard & Robert Harrison Capture Live Sound On Adrenaline Laced New Album

Arriving this week is the eagerly awaited follow-up to their benchmark album, 2016's Be Strong Troop On, the dynamic duo of Richard & Robert Harrison (Echo Town) make their return and clearly mean business.

A fusion of molten rock wig-outs, frenzied acoustica, riled-up reggae, and bastardised blues; new album Kin is one hissing cauldron brimful of budding ideas, conscientious lyricism and impressive instrumentation.

Making their name across Europe as a band with a fired-up live show that rings out into the night air like a twenty-one gun salute at the helm of just two pairs of hands, Kin sees the tenacious jamming duo deliver their immense live sound to disc with panache.

With the kernels of the album very much forming in the live domain, the brothers made a conscious decision from the get-go to attack this album as they would a sold-out show. 

In taking the most ear-worm worthy motifs and immoveable jams to emerge from their free-flowing performances, the pair began to stitch together the material that would form the backbone of the record. 

Speaking about bringing the album together, Ric says: 

"A good half of the album is made up of tunes we have been jamming at gigs for years that have never progressed beyond being jams, but now they have lyrics and some additional structure. 


"We have a lot more up tempo tunes on this record that reflect our live show more accurately. 

"Wrapped up in these refined jams are conscious lyrics addressing themes such as overcoming personal struggles, caring for the planet, recognising our place and what is truly important in life as well as having fun."

With a live and loose feel firmly on the agenda and in letting sticksman Robert Harrison essentially 'do whatever he wanted', the percussion on Kin soon became something of literal heartbeat for the record.

But of course, it was Echo Town arming themselves with that trademark battalion of instruments we've come to associate with them, that would give each composition their sonic sign off. 


"There's no way out!" decry the brothers as they launch Kin full throttle with the steely eyed acoustic romp of opener No Way Out. 

It's just one of the many can-rattling jams strewn through this adrenaline laced record that confirm you'd better buckle up for one hell of a ride. 

Moving On maintains that similar foot stomping furore and guttural vocal yearn, whereas Kin, an instrumental all about harmony and synchronicity, sees the brothers clearly on the same wavelength, Ric digging deep into his didgeridoo with wild abandon as Rob drives the rhythm section to a similarly lunatic step. 

But there's time for breathers of course too. No Different is sweet of melody, and refreshing of chorus, a true summer tune with a gentle reggae twist that serves as blissful reminder of the goodness in humanity. 

Old Friend feels like just that, a rousing indie anthem that stirs the soul and begs to be shouted from the rooftops. 

Yet it's with album closer I Am Rising the band truly show off their musical chops… A near eight minute melting pot of strung-out latino intros, ragga-infused riffs, monstrous metal chords and sky-stretching solos that bring the album to its conclusion with crashing crescendo. 

Kin was recorded with producer and sound engineer extraordinaire John Cornfield (Muse, The Stone Roses, Ben Howard). 

With Cornfield taking charge of the mixing and mastering, the record was then given the final production makeover by Echo Town themselves. 

A record that is meant to be heard in the natural environment of its intention, Echo Town will be taking Kin out on the road, and visit The Brunswick, Hove, on Friday 2nd November 2018.. CLICK HERE for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley




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