- Hi! Tell me about (EchO). Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Hi! The band’s original name was Echoes of Perdition, but when all members joined the band not all of us like it, so we shortened it to Echo, and then someone came up with the capital O and the parenthesis to symbolize a soundwave expanding, it was pretty natural and happened way early in the band’s formation, we were really just throwing ideas in the conversation, and we never released anything with the first name
- “Below The Cover Of Clouds” album was released a couple weeks ago. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
We feel really good about it! The feedback has been awesome so far and we are really proud of this album.
About changing things I think this album sounds a little different from the previous ones, we don’t try to change genre on every record, but at the same time we don’t want to make “stenciled” records and sound 100% the same album after album. We make the music we like, the way we like to do it, and if I look back at the old records we were listening to completely different music compared to what we listen to now, so I think our influences have changed over the years, although our roots are not going anywhere.
About changing something for the band we just wish to play live more and in new places, hopefully, this record will give us the opportunity to do so!
- Tell me more about “Below The Cover Of Clouds”? Album ideas etc…
The album came together quite naturally I must say, we wrote pretty much everything in the practice room and then added all the bells and whistles later, also mid-production. I think it’s cool that we had all the songs sounding great before we started to add keyboards, acoustic guitars and all that, it really makes the song much more fun to play live and we also hope the impact they have will be better, both for the most atmospheric and the most heavy parts.
I think that is the biggest difference from the previous material, on the first album we had many songs written by a single person that would bring most of the ideas in the room and then we’d “learn” them, while this time even if one person comes up with one riff, most of the song structures were decided as a band, while playing and writing them.
- Where do you take all inspiration from?
We like to thing to music as a box where we put all of the bad things in and hopefully something good will come out of it. Music and art in general helps you a lot to express things you might not be able to in your everyday life, and it’s almost therapeutic sometimes.
We also take a lot of inspiration from other art forms, like books, comic books, and even movies or tv shows we love and left a mark on us somehow.
- In your opinion, what is the best way to define (EchO)’s sound?
I would probably describe it as melancholic, psychedelic, heavy and dynamic.
- So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
We have a few basic ideas laying around, some of them are new and some other are a little older but didn’t fit the album’s sound as well as the songs that ended up in there, it’s a little early to start working actively on new songs, but we have material to work on for sure.
At the moment the focus is to find as many live gigs as possible to promote the album, we really hope to bring our music to new places with it.
- What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
We are a real miscellaneous of different influence in the band, we really go from black metal to funeral doom, to death metal to music that is very far away from metal, but the bands that really bring us together are acts like Swallow the Sun, Katatonia, Deftones, Pink Floyd, and just a few more.
I think every influence is important in its own way but in the end we always try to sound like ourselves.
- Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
We’ve had guests on every album so far, and it’s really cool to have external inputs on our songs, but at this point if we will have more guests in the future it will be because we think they can really make a difference in our song, doesn’t matter how famous they are, we have a few names in mind that would work great for us, but most of them are a very long shot, we’ll see what the future holds.
- What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
Although many bands are going full independent these days we still work with our label (Solitude Prod/BadMoodMan Records), we really think that for a band small like us having a label backing you up can still make a difference, other than that these days it’s really important to have a strong and continuous presence on social medias, and that’s what we try to do, along with playing as many live shows as possible.
- Do you have any other hobbies beside music?
Nothing that we take as serious as music for sure, but we all like to travel, Agostino also loves to do videos, which is also his profession, Fabio loves reading books and comics, and he takes a lot of inspiration from them for the lyrics.
- Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
I would say we are, some more than others of course, but our families never got in the way of our music activity for sure, let’s put it that way.
- How’s the metal scene in Brescia right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
I would say it’s pretty bad at this point. We have pretty much no venues to play (I think that as of this typing we have only two left), and the few who remain are fully booked for months, sometimes even a year. Also most people don’t really care for new music, and venues of course need to pay the bills, so you see tons of tribute and cover bands and maybe one or two gigs of band playing original material every few months, and it’s frustrating to see like 20-30 people to see an “original” band and then 150-200 to see a band that plays 70s and 80s covers in the same venue.
We also don’t have anymore venues to bring the medium to big acts in town, so for us if there’s a show to attend, it’s at least a 150km travel for it.
As far as record stores they’re all closed for what I know (I’d love to be surprised!), usually you need to go to the mall and find the record section in like the electronics store, but you always find only the mainstream stuff, sometimes that section is run by a guy who actually loves music, so you might find something interesting or maybe order something specific, but you’re not going to find bands that are at our level, or underground bands anyway.
- Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Thank you very much for this space! Hope to be on the road near you very soon!!!!!