A band that lives up to its name! SF outfit Echodrone finds a nice balance between 90s shoegaze and new millennial electronica, covering the gamut from driving rock to ambient textures with equal intensity. Consisting of Brandon Dudley, Eugene Suh, Jim Hrabak, Mike Funk & Rachel Lopez, the quintet has been active since 2005 and latest album – Five – finds the band in an assured place creatively, bringing together the pleasing elements of soaring guitars, pummeling rhythms and hypnotic motifs to produce a work that hits all the right buttons.
We got in touch with Echodrone to find out more about what the band are about.
What are the records that inspired your sound?
I think you can see a wide variety of influences in our music 🙂
Eugene – Glenn Branca (The Ascension), Seam (The Problem With Me), Swirlies (They Spent Their Wild Youthful Days in the Glittering World of Salons)
Mike – M83 (Saturdays=Youth), My Bloody Valentine (Loveless), Pale Saints (In Ribbons)
Jim – Boards of Canada (Geogaddi), Public Enemy (Fear of a Black Planet), Sufjan Stevens (Age of Adz)
Brandon – Slowdive (Souvlaki), Joy Division (Unknown Pleasures), Jane’s Addiction (Nothing’s Shocking)
What is the one concert experience that motivated you to become a musician?
Eugene – Godspeed You Black Emperor (Great American Music Hall, SF, 2000). The highs and lows of their music needs to be experienced live. The show literally brought me to tears!
Mike – A lot of shows I’ve been to were inspiring but one of most most memorable concert experiences I’ve ever had was seeing Ride at the Roxy in Los Angeles in 1991. They were electrifying. There was so much energy in the club that night. The band must’ve felt that they performed well because they added a recording of the show as a bonus disc on the Nowhere 20th Anniversary Edition CD.
Jim – The Cure, Wish Tour, Phoenix AZ
Brandon – Slowdive (Slim’s, SF, 1993)
What is the indie music scene like in San Francisco?
Brandon – I find the indie music scene to be pretty much the same as I’ve seen elsewhere, to be honest. Hipsters, anorak-types and scenesters, which sounds judgemental but really most are true music-lovers who I have seen at the same shows for the past 25 years.
What do you hope to achieve with your music?
Jim – My original goal was to collaborate with some awesome and talented people. Mission accomplished!
Brandon – My goal in creating music has always been to make music that I enjoy in hopes of reaching like-minded music lovers around the world.
Eugene – I remember when my father was first diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, I listened to Stars of the Lid (The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid) on repeat for an entire month. It helped me go through all the emotions I was experiencing – nostalgia, sadness, hope…I would love it if our music could provide an emotionally cathartic soundtrack for others!
What are your plans to promote the new album?
Jim – Harness the power of the interwebs!!!
Brandon – As we are spread out throughout the country at this point, playing live is a logistical (and financial) improbability. We will rely on the kindness of music fans and critics, blogs, word-of-mouth and other online publication arenas.
Five will be released on CD and on digital formats on 24 February 2015.