Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “The Coming Days” from Hello Echo and their self-released debut Hello.
All Boston transplants, bass player Mike Sarno, drummer Mikey Silva, and guitarist Sean Aylward, formerly of Apollo Sunshine, may have been friends for awhile, but it wasn’t until they headed west to Santa Monica that Hello Echo came to fruition. Maybe it’s their East Coast roots, which combined with a youthful, laid back West Coast style, that makes for a well-rounded sound, but whatever the cause, their debut album, Hello, is dynamic from beginning to end.
Of the more raucous tracks on the album, today’s featured song is a standout. Beneath its fuzzy edges and seemingly technical mayhem, “The Coming Days” is thoughtfully arranged. The band members are confident enough with their instruments to rock out and still deliver a well crafted tune that will burn itself into your psyche. In fact, the symbiotic relationship between noise and structure carries throughout as the band alternates between multi-layered breakdowns with shouting and charming, anthemic choruses. They have a knack for building up tension and breaking it down, for making listeners try their ears to pick out Aylward’s skilled guitar licks underneath it all. Sure, it can be a little work, but isn’t that half the fun?
Since their appearance at SXSW, Hello Echo have no slated upcoming shows, but be sure to check back at their MySpace page for updates. If you didn’t make the trip down to Austin to catch them at SXSW, then check out this video of Hello Echo playing a couple of tunes live at Drive Thru Tree Park in Leggett, California: