Echo & Drake
"There’s something about Echo and Drake’s music that hits a lot of pop pleasure centers... clean guitar lines... insistent rhythms, the swirling synths, the blankets of reverb and delay, and of course Ericson’s vocals, sung in a high tenor... simultaneously intimate and distant." Brian LaRue, CT.com
+ CBS Grammy Live 2013 New England Finalists
+ New England Music Awards 2013 Nominee
+ "#1 Connecticut Album of 2011" ~ The Hartford Courant, (Eric Danton, Rolling Stone contributing editor)
+ "Best Overall Band" ~ 1st Annual Connecticut Music Awards
+ "Grammy Worthy" ~ I Am Entertainment Magazine
Echo & Drake is a critically acclaimed indie/alternative rock band from Hartford, CT, whose debut album, "Sundrenched Elsewhere," was named the "#1 Connecticut Album of 2011" by America's oldest continuously running newspaper, The Hartford Courant (Eric Danton, Rolling Stone contributing editor).
Produced by Juno Award winner (Canadian equivalent of the Grammys) Joseph Donovan, and mixed by Grammy-nominated mastering engineer Jeff Lipton (Arcade Fire, Andrew Bird, Spoon, Bon Iver, Wilco / Jeff Tweedy), their debut album Sundrenched Elsewhere continues to receive widespread praise... "The album has echoes of all the indie rock staples, from The National to, occasionally, Fleet Foxes" (The Yale Herald).
In 2013, the band was nominated for a New England Music Award, took the stage at Boston's Outside the Box festival and Bethlehem, PA's Musikfest, had their single "Morning Dove" played on MTV Japan, and was named 1 out of 7 regional finalists (out of 1,500 artists nationwide) to represent New England in the CBS Grammy Gig of a Lifetime contest.
Echo & Drake has also been invited to play a number of prominent venues and numerous festivals throughout New England (see www.echoanddrake.com/live), including MOVE Music Festival (Albany, NY), Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA), Hartford Riverfest, The Met (Providence), The Middle East (Boston), The Bitter End (NYC), and a headlining slot at Mohegan Sun Casino's Wolf Den.
Their music has been featured in independent films, music blogs and websites, major publications (see www.echoanddrake.com/press), and has received generous airplay on numerous college and mainstream radio stations throughout the United States and abroad.
Record sales and airplay have built steadily throughout the US, UK, Canada, Europe (Germany, Ireland, Scotland), South Africa, Japan, and Australia through major outlets including iTunes, Amazon MP3, Zune, Spotify, Rhapsody. The band garnered 18,000+ followers on Twitter, 1,000,000+ channel views on YouTube, and 5,000+ new Facebook fans in 2012 alone.
In 2013, Echo & Drake began work on two new EPs at one of the best microphone companies in the world, Telefunken Studios, and will be returning to Montreal and Boston to work with Joseph and Jeff on new material to be released in early 2014.
+ "Local, indie or major label, this is easily one of the best albums of the year" ~Rob Farrish, Wesleyan University Radio, WESU 88.1 FM
+ "[Sundrenched Elsewhere is] a collection of stunningly well-written, and beautifully produced, songs colored by the spacious atmospherics of Brit-pop, but with a personality all their own." ~The Hartford Courant (Eric Danton, Rolling Stone contributing editor)
+ "Im calling it, friends its going to be big Echo & Drake is one of those rare bands a speck of gold in a sea of brass" ~Gabrielle Bruney, The Wesleyan Argus
01.31.14 - Boston, MA - Hard Rock Cafe
10.26.13 - Las Vegas, NV - TBA
09.07.13 - New London, CT - IAM Festival
08.09.13 - Bethlehem, PA - Musikfest (Main Street Stage)
07.20.13 - Boston, MA - Outside the Box Festival (Boston Common)
06.15.13 - Hartford, CT - The Great Hall at Union Station
05.30.13 - Bridgeport, CT - Baldwin Park
04.27.13 - Albany, NY - MOVE Music Festival
03.16.13 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East Downstairs