We’re expecting exciting things from Southern California rock quartet Echovox in 2020, especially as new material has been three years in the waiting and they promise us “unique and beautiful music.”
The band have honed an intriguing sound that borders multiple genres, from stoner rock to hard rock and atmospheric indie led by the engaging vocals of frontwoman Jen Howard.
The band released their debut EP in 2017 and are set to follow that up with fresh new music this year. They sent us Straight Lines, from that EP, which gives us a good taste for the stoner rock edge to their sound.
It starts slowly with a rumbling bassline and light drums then a guitar lick supports Jen’s drawn-out vocals. A funky guitar riff takes over and is supported by wailing vocals from Jen, then a drum roll gives way to a heavier riff and drums.
Another light lick and drawn-out high-pitched vocals drop once more into a lower tuned riff which descends into a big rock out with trippy sound effects in the background. That feeds into a big guitar solo to bring the track to a heavy ending. Give it a listen below:
We had a chat with drummer Nick Ayers to find out more about the band. Read on below…
GR: Who are Echovox?
NA: “Echovox is Jen Howard (vocals), Ramesh Berry (guitar), Jason Smith (bass) and me (drums) from southern California. Three of us (Jen, Ramesh and I) grew up in Ohio and were in separate bands but all decided to move to Texas and jam together after a few years we moved out west and met Jason who fits our sound perfectly.”
GR: You sent us Straight Lines to have a listen to. What should people be expecting from the song?
NA: “Straight Lines is more of a stoner rock song with a bit of a blues feel and gets pretty heavy with an epic guitar ending. Musically, the first time we jammed out this song was after we saw the band Clutch live. I guess that sound influenced the idea for the song.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
NA: “Our sound is rock, blues and funk fused into one. But we love to jam and create songs that we like, which means we don’t really stick to one key sound. If we create a song we like and it’s heavy or soft doesn’t matter, we will love it.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
NA: “It’s not hard to be influenced to write music. For us, hanging out, jamming and having a good time is one of the best parts of life. Jen can pick anything to write about: relationships, politics, world events or atrocities.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
NA: “There are so many influences with many different sounds or genres, from Clutch, Queens of the Stone Age and Foo Fighters to Jeff Buckley, Elliot Smith and many more in-between.”
GR: What have you got coming up as we move into 2020?
NA: “We hope to record our second studio album in 2020, we have been creating unique and beautiful music for this upcoming album.”