Echo Black — “Reckless Heart”
Echo Black — “Poison Apple”
I have actually written about Echo Black before, but now that I’ve seen and met them, I have more to say.
First and foremost, Echo Black is definitely meant to be experienced live. I have rarely had more fun during a band’s set. The music made you want to dance — which vocalist Danny Blu did, a few times — and their level of enthusiasm was contagious. The quartet knew how to work a crowd, the interaction between band and audience creating that connected feeling that is best shared through music. The highlights for me were “Poison Apple” and the sing-along chorus of “Teach Me,” which seemed to get even the most reluctant people in the room to participate.
For those who don’t know, Echo Black hails from New York. They label themselves “dance rock” on Facebook and while accurate, their music blends multiple styles — including pop, rock, and electronica — into an eclectic mix that is super catchy and ridiculously pleasing to the ear. I stand by my comparison of Echo Black to Blutengel, Blaqk Audio, and Kill Hannah.
I can’t close this post without mentioning how sweet the guys were. I talked to bassist Rob Gnarly before the show, as well as Danny and drummer Billy Long. My mom actually ended up in a conversation with Billy after he commented on her Beatles shirt and honestly, if you’re nice to my mom, you win about 1000 points with me. I went to the merch table at the end of the night to finally buy a physical copy of Dawn, and Danny was only too happy to pose for a picture (and discuss contouring). A lasting impression was made, and I will definitely see Echo Black every chance I get.
As always, here are three of my favorite songs from the featured band! And you know I’m gonna urge you to stalk their various social media/music streaming accounts: official site, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify, etc.
1. Fortunate Me
A hardcore/metalcore band from Idaho. For fans of Asking Alexandria, Of Mice and Men, Every Time I Die, etc. Check out their latest video below.
And the song that turned me on to them:
2. Copper Bones
A hard rock/metal two-piece band from Florida. For fans of good rock music! I literally don’t know who to compare them to; there’s a hint of Brother Cane with a touch of an almost classic rock sound. Don’t take my word for it. Listen to “The Vulture.”
3. January Jane
A pop/rock band from NYC. Slightly reminiscent of Fun and Maroon 5, with catchy sing-along moments, strong vocals, and music you can dance to. January Jane is currently working on new music. In the meantime, listen to “Take the Lions On.”
4. Echo Black
A dance rock band from New York. For fans of Blaqk Audio, Blutengel, Kill Hannah, etc. I would highly suggest listening to multiple songs before forming an opinion, because these guys bring something different to the table every time. Here’s the title track from their debut album, Dawn.
And also, “Perfect,” which I just love.
5. October Ends
A melodic metal band from the UK. For fans of All That Remains, Bullet For My Valentine, Lamb of God, etc. Check out the latest video for the track “Dismissal.”