CD REVIEW: Echo Devils - Los Echo Diablos
by: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist/Band: Echo Devils
Album: Los Echo Diablo's
Purchase Link: http://theechodevils.bandcamp.com/
Genre: Rockabilly, Americana retro Rock, Jam Band, 50’s style Swing
Sounds Like: Chet Atkins, Stray Cats, Polecats, Batmobile and Hillbilly Hellcats, Reverend Horton Heat, Carl Perkins, The Quakes, The Meteors
Technical Grade: 8/10
Weakness: EP release, No Barcode, No release date
(Seattle, WA) The Echo Devils recorded an Analog - Tape EP at EGG Studios in Seattle April 19th 2014 with original music and some Echo Drenched Vintage Guitar Instrumentals. Band members include: Thad Williams (upright Bass/Vocals), Miguel Galindo (guitar), Adam Bratman (Lap Steel, Acoustic Guitar), This 4 track release is entitled "Los Echo Diablo's."
The CD wastes no time getting off the ground with “My Baby”. This song serves up infectious rocked out retro musical ambience served up against mesmerizing vocals, hypnotic Rockabilly guitar and driving rock rhythm that confidently leads you by the hand down the path of sizzling musical indulgence. Track 2 keeps things rocking with a slamming remake of the 1958 classic “The Chordette’s “Mister Sandman.” This track delivers impressive Rockabilly guitar ambience meshed against rock steady rhythm and inviting melody making for a short and sweet statement. Track 3 “Mary Lee” is an impressive ditty that is full of impressive vocal flair, and well placed solo guitar that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. By track 3 this CD hits solid stride delivering many impressive songs back to back. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of a classic Chet Atkins, Stray Cats, Polecats, Batmobile and Hillbilly Hellcats. Other comparable artists: Reverend Horton Heat, Carl Perkins, The Quakes and The Meteors. I would classify this music as rocked out 50’s style swing, Rockabilly, Jam Band and classic Americana Rock popular back in the 50’s with a modern day sound that is electrifying. The EP at times presents a hooky grooving melodic ambience via a “short and sweet” musical flow that's so easy to groove to. Besides the four piece standard you will also notice rich layers of impressive Rhythm, Guitar, solo guitar, enticing melodies - all built on a thick as a brick rhythmic foundation. Vocalist/Bassist Williams showcases an impressive and soulful singing skill set. He’s got good power and control. All other members play their parts well and as a whole the band a good "retro” look and sound. Kudos goes out the mind-blowing guitar/voice combo – which make up the core sound of The Echo Devil." All the musicianship and compositions are pretty solid across the board. Williams and the gang is clearly letting it all hang out via this latest EP release. All production aspects check out. My hats off to the Echo Devils for recording an EP via Analog Tape. CD possesses solid low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity and a warm Analog sound. Williams has an effective baritone and his vocal risk-taking and overall touch behind the microphone are effective. The EP ends with Track 4 “Hillbilly Bluegrass Guitar Instrumental” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
I typically deduct 1 star for EP releases. The full length releases is a more complete snapshot to judge an artist by at any given point in time. There is no barcode on the flipside of the EP indicating a retail non-compatibility. There's no release date anywhere on the package. Putting a pic of the band on the back of the EP would have been a good move for the sake of Marketability.
“Los Echo Diablo's” by Echo Devils s a compelling, rocking, soulful, melodic, musical journey. This surging band is clearly making waves around Seattle. I recently caught them live and the venue was full of empty chairs because everyone was dancing. Their strong suit is their amazing song for song musical finesse and retro feel. Williams and the gang gets high marks from me for delivering a soulful rocked out retro release like this, a rarity these day. The songwriting/playing – all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. This EP will be a real joy for those listeners out there who want an old school Rockabilly experience to fill their atmosphere. Once again my hats off to The Echo Devils for going the extra mile and recording this EP via Analog Tape thus delivering a warmer feel than digital. At the end of the day this straight forward, easy to digest musical format is just a blast to listen and dance to.
Cyrus Rhodes Rhodes