Echo Stains
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Echo Stains

Las Vegas, NV | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Las Vegas, NV | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Alternative Dream Pop




"The beat goes on (These introspective synth-rockers play the saddest music you’ll ever dance to) ( Sept. 2016)"

Echo Stains
These introspective synth-rockers play the saddest music you’ll ever dance to

It’s been, what, 26 years since the 1980s? That’s longer than any of the members of the electro-pop group Echo Stains have been alive. Yet the era’s trademark sound — feathery, layered synths, choppy guitars, spare drums, heart-laid-bare lyrics — reverberates throughout Echo Stains’ impressive EP, Colors of Emotion.

“We want our music to be like going to a sad dance party,” says the band’s drummer and beatmaker Ron Guillermo as we browse vintage vinyl at Downtown’s 11th Street Records. Think The Cure, New Order, My Bloody Valentine. (Proving his faith, Guillermo points to a wall display of rare records and says he recently spent nearly $100 on an original pressing of The Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream.)

And to think the band started as a hip-hop act. “We were all into Odd Future, Kendrick (Lamar), A$AP Rocky, and wanted to stem off that,” he says. In 2012, their focus shifted to synth-driven pop, with members trading tracks and lyrics via email before attempting to perform live. “Marvin (Cantorna) had never played bass before,” Guillermo says. “He learned by playing our songs.”

They’re fast learners, apparently. Colors of Emotion sounds like the work of a seasoned (and, yes, sad) band, seven tracks of moodily soaring synths and Prozac-daydream vocals, perfect for dancing-while-crying alone. If bands such as The Killers, Imagine Dragons and Panic! At The Disco brought mope-rock to the stadium, Echo Stains is their criminally shy cousin — the weird kid, the lovable underdog that may nevertheless prove to be another breakout.

“We obviously stick out a lot when we play shows,” Guillermo says. “It was scary at first, but it’s been cool.” Chris Bitonti - Chris Bitonti


The prom from Pretty in Pink. The boombox in Say Anything. If Echo Stains’ 2015 LP Colors of Emotion conjures up scenes from your favorite John Hughes films, it’s not by accident. “It’s that feeling of being young and in high school … it’s nostalgic love,” that’s driving their sound, singer and synth player Jordan Collins explains. The five-piece’s New Wave groove is influenced by everything ’80s—from films like The Breakfast Club to the music that made their soundtracks essential.

Echo Stains launched in late 2014, three high school friends jamming at home, unsatisfied with what they were hearing on the radio. The members—Collins, Ron Guillermo (guitar) and Marvin Cantorna Jr. (bass)—decided to make their own music to fill the void, then later added Jose Quiñones (guitar) and Mike Bryson (drums) to the mix. In the past year and a half, they’ve been experimenting with new sounds and gear, releasing bedroom recordings online and gaining a steady following. The group’s latest single, “Night Love,” is still indicative of influences like The Cure, with the addition of more contemporary sounds like Blood Orange.

Echo Stains is already at work on new material, shooting for a spring/summer release. And the group, which has played venues like Zia Record Exchange, Boomers and Makers & Finders Coffee, has set its sights on touring in 2016. “We really want to branch out into California,” Guillermo says. “That’s a big goal.” - Leslie Ventura


It’s tough to front rock-star cool when you kick off a set tripping over your own gear. Seconds into Echo Stains’ first song during a First Friday session at Makers & Finders coffee, singer/keyboardist Jordan Collins’ microphone cut out. Collins tried to slide his keyboard closer to guitarist Ron Guillermo’s mic and knocked over an effects pedal.

The band kept playing. Collins danced. He busted moves like a bona fide star. It’s just that the star was Drake. Collins laughed it off through his “Hotline Bling” shimmy, and no one broke stride. Not bad for an outfit that’s only been peddling its twinkly brand of shoegaze since April.

For a city that gave rise to The Killers, whose Hot Fuss could’ve slotted in with Duran Duran’s ’80s heyday, Stains come around in a nice bit of symmetrical evolution with a sound that recalls My Bloody Valentine with a dash of early Cure and a hint of New Order, in just about the same time gap between Rio and Loveless.

It’s a bit of a shift from the band’s first aborted incarnation as a hip-hop act. “We had kind of died down and drifted away,” Guillermo says. “I started working on some music I had started doing in high school. I never finished it, and showed it to them. They started digging it. From there we just started building songs together. We didn’t really change styles; we just did the other kind of music we were into.”

Collins, Guillermo and bassist Marvin Cantorna Jr. were high school buddies at East Career & Technical Academy. After ditching the hip-hop plan in 2013, they put out two EPs, then added guitarist José Quinoñes and drummer Mike Bryson when it came time to do live shows.

Before taking on new members, though, there was still one tiny wrinkle. Collins and Cantorna had to learn to play their instruments. Collins even took a class at CSN. Quick learners, the band coalesced to do its first live show at Zia for Record Store Day. Echo Stains has begun to look for gigs out of state, but a return trip to the studio as a full-fledged five-piece might wait until the group finds the right time. “When something bad happens, that’s when we write a song,” Guillermo says.

“It will just be songs about a girl we dated,” Collins says before pausing to think for a second. “Or not dated.” - Jason Scavone

"Echo Stains"

There’s a new sound wave emerging from the desert city– it’s an infusion of 80’s nostalgia, dream pop, & indie rock. Echo Stains ’ music is perfect for cruising in the moonlight, star gazing, or just hopelessly romanticizing through life. I love Echo Stains for their groovy baselines, minimally poetic lyricism, their electric riffs and energetic synths.

Over the summer, I went to a house show where Echo Stains and other local bands performed. To say the least, the intimate event was pretty fucking rad. Being there reminded me of the simpler days of my formative youth: no care in the world other than enjoying the people & creative energy that surrounded me. & Really, nothing beats the classic good time of a house party. - Roxanne Roncal


Echo Stains EP (2014)
Colors Of Emotion EP (2015)
PROM LP (2016)



For a city that gave rise to The Killers, whose Hot Fuss could’ve slotted in with Duran Duran’s ’80s heyday, Stains come around in a nice bit of symmetrical evolution with a sound that recalls My Bloody Valentine with a dash of early Cure and a hint of New Order, in just about the same time gap between Rio and Loveless.

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