Echo Ladies

Echo Ladies

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Sonic Cathedral

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Their mixture of guitars, synths and drum machines is more like a Venn diagram of your favourite bands and records. At various points you can hear The Cure’s ‘Disintegration’, The Jesus And Mary Chain’s ‘Automatic’, New Order and A Place To Bury Strangers’ total sonic annihilation, but crossed with the soaring indie-pop melodies of The Radio Dept, Alvvays, Camera Obscura and even a little bit of Saint Etienne. The band’s self-titled debut EP was released by Hybris in Scandinavia last year, but will be reissued for the first time on vinyl and digital via Sonic Cathedral on March 23. It includes the tracks ‘Close To Be Close To Me’ and ‘Nothing Ever Lasts’, the video for which was premiered on The Line Of Best Fit and which went on to get plenty of airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio 1, XFM, Amazing Radio, Beats 1 and more. Echo Ladies are Matilda Bogren, Mattis Andersson and Joar Andersén. They are three school-friends who, after playing together in a few different bands, realised that they worked best on their own.

In 2014, after looking for “a name that represented our sound”, they became Echo Ladies, partly inspired by the name of the drum machine from another of their favourite bands, Echo & The Bunnymen. (Their own drum machine, for now, remains nameless.) They don’t just look back for inspiration, however, also citing The Raveonettes, The KVB and Black Marble as helping to shape their sound, but they claim their biggest influence to be effects pedals (they are now making their own to sell on tour) and “the feeling of nostalgia and hope for the future mixed with angst over defining who you are and what you will become”. This explains why so many of their songs hit that melancholy/euphoric, happy/sad sweet spot. They are in good company at the moment, too, with other Swedish bands from Gothenburg and Malmö all making similar noises; FEWS, Hater, Pink Milk, Makthaverskan and Wy are all achieving varying degrees of international success. 


1. Watching Time
2. Close To Be Close To Me
3. Never The Same Way
4. Nothing Ever Lasts 

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