Friday, 22 March 2013

The Echo and The Sound - EP

EP review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk


It's a bit of a struggle to think of many pre-millennial guitar/drums duos. Of course everyone will point to The White Stripes and The Black Keys as examples who seemed to make that format popular, but it must have existed before. This is the preferred working method of Los Angeles garage-blues band The Echo and The Sound who have recently put out their debut 'EP'. They have songs that tie in reasonably well with the other acts we mentioned, albeit in a more lo-fi manner. '15 Shades of Hell' and 'Unusual Love' are similar, but the rawness of the recording is a breath of fresh air to this particular set-up.

They do break from the established format a little which is good to hear. There's the spectre of The Cramps looming over the trashier 'Damn Jezebel' and the scratchy 'Little Minx' is like discovering a lost, bare-bones garage classic circa 1965. Perhaps their ultimate song is 'She's Just A Friend', not because it's necessarily the best here, but because it contains every aspect of what they do in two-and-a-half minutes. Maybe this would be your shortcut to introducing them to a friend. Then it's just left to the murky psychobilly of 'Grave Act' to finish up what is a primal example of the basics of rock 'n' roll.



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