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The best kept secret in music


"jam band with an unmistakable groove"

At the start, Echosend offers up a mixed bag of muted grunge--jangly, too--but the guitar solos have little to do with REM or Nirvana and maybe more in common with a genetic mutation involving Jane's Addiction-era Dave Navarro. In front of this tight, fluid band singer Amy [Topor's] the throaty thread holding it all together. Her overlaid vocals (fans on the band's site compare her to Gwen Stefani) are full, vibrant and soaring. The crunching chorus after the moody buildup on the epic over 7-minute title track, "I Promise You," is disarmingly dramatic and as the song lingers there's a sort of eighties feel, especially in guitarist Dan deRamos' achingly schreechy guitar solo. As the disc goes on, he displays a talent for hair metal, grunge, new wave, funk, the whole shebang. Versatile and commanding on the next song, "That Girl," he threatens to take over but between the rock steady soul groove of drummer Kurt Puckhaber and keyboards of John Mead it's a glorious wah-wah pedalled ball of noise. But not too noisy, mind you--part of the eighties sheen comes from compression and slick production, which is why the soulful bashing of their live track "Not Original" comes as a welcome sharp shock of sun after so much haze. The band says they write from improvisation, and it's apparent in such free-flowing jams such as the title track. In another vein, "Be Alright" is so unassumingly pretty with its piano and acoustic guitar and could easily make it on adult contemporary circuit. As a jam band with an unmistakable groove, Echosend are compelling. A little editing couldn't hurt, and a little rawness to the production would make this reviewer happy, but it's obvious they've got a good working vibe and it comes through regardless of the details.
Review of Echosend's latest CD release "I Promise You"
by Antonia B. Johnston of -


Echosend ep 1999
Echosend lp 2000
Echosend live 2001
Echosend "Chosen" 2002
I Promise You 2005
Radio play; Home, Let me in, Jewel, Not original, Sad days Missing you
Film and MTV; Home, Missing you, Not original


Feeling a bit camera shy


Established in the spring of 1998, this chicago based band walks the tight-rope of crafted pop and spontaneous improvisation. Echosend is currently recording their third full length cd at Chicago recording company with Chris Shepard engineering.
Recent Highlights
Sold Out Show Park West 2006
Opened for The Fixx @House of Blues
WXRT show 30 bands in 60 minutes at Metro
Headline performance for GMS drum clinic at the Empty Bottle
Sold out performance at Park West 2/9/2002
Selected as one of the best featured artists of 2000 on WIIL 95.1 FM
Headlining Performance for Chicago Harmony and Truth Electric Showcase at Subterranean, Chicago, 2000

WKQX, Q101, all ages show performed at Metro, Chicago, July 2000

Featured artist including in-studio acoustic performance, interview, and tracks from self-titled debut CD aired on 95.1 FM, WIIL, August 2000

Featured artists in CLTV's Chicago New Music Showcase 2000

Radio airplay and production use: WLUW 88.7 FM, WIIL 95.1 FM, WCKG 105.9 FM, and WBEZ

Soundtrack music on MTV for 3 shows


"Making the video" (No Doubt, Hanson, Brittany Spears, Christina Aguilera)

"The Road home"

Live performance @Hard Rock Cafe as a midwest finalist in the national Jim Beam Backroom Band Search 1999

Featured on 1999 MOBFEST compilation CD

Showcasing artists @ 1999 MOBFEST Annual Music Conference Chicago

Featured artist women of mp3