Echo Black — “Reckless Heart”
Echo Black — “Poison Apple”
Cobra Starship — “Send My Love to the Dancefloor, I’ll See You in Hell (Hey, Mr. DJ)”
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.
The Relentless: “Save a Prayer” (Duran Duran cover)
The Fugees: “Killing Me Softly” (Lori Lieberman cover)
Nirvana: “The Man Who Sold the World” (David Bowie cover)
New Order — “Someone Like You”
1. Lostprophets: “Need You Tonight” (INXS cover)
2. POD: “Bullet the Blue Sky” (U2 cover)
3. Powerman 5000: “Under the Milky Way” (The Church cover)
1. Greyhaven (UK)
Alternative/modern rock from London. For fans of Bring Me the Horizon, A Day to Remember, Walk the Moon, etc. Back in May, Greyhaven was featured on a Metal Hammer tribute to Avenged Sevenfold. They covered “Hail to the King.” Here are two originals from the band: “Breathe” and “Truth”.
2. Playing Savage
Funk/soul/rock with a hint of hip-hop, based in Vienna. For fans of Res, Michael Jackson, Alabama Shakes, etc. Playing Savage is busy writing and recording new music! In the meantime, check out the Spotify page, as well as these two songs from the YouTube page, “This Is Love” and “Get Off of My Back.”
Alternative/pop/rock band from New York. For fans of Fall Out Boy, twenty one pilots, Panic! At The Disco, etc. According to their Instagram, Moonfall has “so much in the works” but “so little we can say.” You can, however, check out the lyric video for “Windswept,” and the video for the first song I heard, “Lost.”
4. Dare Defy
Hard rock/metal music from Florida. For fans of Killswitch Engage, Taking Back Sunday, Finch, etc. (with a touch of Slipknot). Dare Defy’s first EP is available via Spotify. They are currently booking shows and Labor Day weekend, they will be playing the Blue Ridge Rock Fest alongside such acts as Puddle of Mudd, Orgy, Lamb of God, and Jonathan Davis. Listen to the songs “Love Sick” and “Burn.”
Melodic progressive rock from Arizona. For fans of Tool, A Perfect Circle, Pink Floyd, etc. Indogen is working on new music and playing live in and around the Phoenix area, so if you’re anywhere nearby, check out their Facebook page and get to a show! Crank up the volume and jam “Autopilot” and “Implosion.”
1. Marilyn Manson: “Personal Jesus” (Depeche Mode cover)
2. Powerman 5000: “20th Century Boy” (T. Rex cover)
3. HIM: “Wicked Game” (Chris Isaak cover)
Death Valley High — “Warm Bodies,” from the album CVLT AS FVK (2016).