24 Jul 2011 · From echoprojectband.blogspot.com/ ·
So we're back. We had to take a month and a half long break
from recording due to work schedules but we finally returned to our
home studio on July 17th to continue work on the second record.
It's gone through some changes (I've re-written almost all of the
lyrics and such) and we're back to work.
Our first day back recording went well as we wrote and
recorded a song, wrote another one and got some ideas going for a
third song. The song that we recorded was the opening track for the
album, a song called
Sci-Fi, it's a fairly simple song but we think that works
to make it a cool opening track. It's got a cool bass line running
through it and a fantastic heavy section.
The song we wrote is called
Famous and we should hopefully be recording that today,
it's a kinda up-tempo song with a sing-a-long chorus so it should
be fun to record. Finally, the song we got some ideas for (a guitar
part basically) is called
Complicated Love which, hopefully, we should also be
recording today. All in all, today should be a very productive
session in the home studio.
1. Sci-Fi 6:55
10. Ocean Of Storms 5:10
9 May 2011 · From echoprojectband.blogspot.com/ ·
was the second recording session for our second record and we
managed to complete the first song on the record. The song is
Ocean Of Storms and it's gonna be track eleven on the
disc. We utilised our Midi controller/keyboard to add some cool
stuff to this song.
The song itself is quite
laid-back and bass heavy which is cool. Unlike
Headstrong which was a guitar heavy hard rock album this
second one is gonna utilize more effects and stuff with the guitar
being less of the focus and being just a small part of
a larger whole. At least that's the plan going in.
Ocean Of Storms is very bass-heavy during the Verses and
Chrous' with a Pre-Chorus which has a cool synth line underneath.
It all adds a laid-back yet ominous feel to the song which I really
Anyway we started recording on
April 25th and we've already got one song finished. We're hoping to
be on a one song a week schedule from here on out so let's see how
long it takes us to go completely off schedule.
Progress So Far:
11. Ocean Of Storms 5:11
8 May 2011 · From echoprojectband.blogspot.com/ ·
been almost a full month since I last posted on the blog, that's
pretty bad, especially after I said I'd keep this thing up to date.
So what's happened since I last posted on April 11th?
Well first off we played our very
first live show in Reading at The Butler. It was a cool venue just
a tiny little back room with some lights thrown up for ambiance. If
I had one complaint it would be that we had about ten people who
said they'd show up who then did not show up. Alas, we played a
pretty good show but I think what we learned is that our songs work
much better in a full-band, electric setup then in an acoustic
So we're still on the lookout for
both a drummer and a keyboardist and if anyone knows someone who
can play one of these instruments tell them to get in touch through
our e-mail address:
Our setlist for the gig, if
anyone is interested, went as follows:
Falling To Climb
We thought that was a pretty good
introductory set with some up-beat numbers but also a couple of
slower songs thrown in for good measure.
Onto other news! On April 25th we
convened into our home studio (Steve's home to be precise), fired
up Pro-Tools, and began work on our second disc. We'll be utilising
an M-Audio Midi Keyboard on this set and that helps us because it
give us access to not only keyboard but also any other effect or
random noise that we can think of or get our hands on.
We started work on our first
track that day and it came out sounding pretty good even it's rough
current form. We took a two week break after that due to increased
work schedules but we should be reconvening today to continue
work and I shall update you as work continues.
12 Apr 2011 · From echoprojectband.blogspot.com/ ·
only about 11 days away from our debut gig at The Butler in
Reading. We're all looking forward to it. We've been been doing
frequent practices over the last two weeks writing what we feel
should be a pretty good debut setlist. Yesterday we did our first
run through of the set on an Acoustic Guitar and luckily all the
songs seem to translate well into an acoustic format. Hopefully
we'll go over well on the night, as per usual, there are the
pre-gig nerves that I always get as I imagine the worst case
scenario for the night, haha. But me and Steve's other band
(Another Life) always go over well when we play live so I think it
will be the same case when Echo Project makes it's live
On the song front we had another
brief writing session for our second record when were messing
around with the Acoustic and some random effects. Steve and Wez
managed to come up with a cool thing based around a couple of bass
lines and a delay effect on the Acoustic which gives a somewhat
ethereal feel to the song. I've put some lyrics to it and we
basically got a rough demo of a song which has the working title of
Ocean Of Storms. This is basically the first song with
some concrete ideas behind it for our next project.
Hopefully we'll start recording
some new songs proper at some point in April. Based on the music we
wrote the other day I think it's gonna turn out to be much better
Headstrong at this early stage. We'll see, but I'm looking
forward to starting.
25 Mar 2011 · From echoprojectband.blogspot.com/ ·
March 21st we got together for our weekley jam session and wrote
the setlist for the April 22nd gig in Reading which is good. The
set we wrote is around 28-30 minutes long so we should have no
trouble filling up our 35 minutes slot at the gig.
More importantly, we started
writing music for our second record. We now have a couple of riffs
and piano lines thought out and we should be able to record some
demo versions of a couple of songs in the next week or so.
We're happy to say that April
10th should be the start date for the recording of our second album
and from then I can start posting weekly 'studio' (Steve's home
studio set-up) reports.
We may upload our debut record to
the blog at some point in the next couple of weeks so keep an eye
out for that. For now though, I shall leave you with a strangely
brief blog post (for me) and say good day!
18 Mar 2011 · From echoprojectband.blogspot.com/ ·
2010 we recorded our first album entitled
Headstrong. I thought I'd do a blog post discussing the
recording process (such as it was) this'll be fun right?
We started recording the album on
May 10th with the intention of doing 1-2 songs a week. Of course
seeing as how we only recorded one day out of each week that soon
proved to be a monumental challenge. Although we actually did
manage to do at least one song a week which was a pretty good
turnaround. Steve had recently acquired Pro Tools so of all the
stuff we've recorded this is far and away the greatest sounding
stuff. There's no fuzzy lo-fi home recordings here.
Technically, of the 24 songs we
only had to recorded 22 as the
Outro to the album had been done for a few months before
we came to record. Also helping us along was that the music to
Addicted To My Imagination, Losing (The Rain Comes Again),
Wednesday/Waiting had already been pre-recorded before we
came to record the album proper so all we had to do was do the
Still it was an arduous process
as evidenced by the fact that it took us five months to finish the
album (jeez, we really to pick up the pace on the next one).
Recording of the album finished on October 30th if I remember
correctly. Of course we weren't done yet the next four days were
set aside so that production maestro Steve could mix
and master the record and we were finally done on November
So, I briefly mentioned in a
previous blog post that the album is a loose concept album of sorts
and that is certainly true. What is it about? It kind of chronicles
our lives from the tail end of 2007 until the middle part of 2009.
They were pretty eventful times. That's basically from the ages of
19 until 21 so that's a lot of ground to cover. I would go in depth
but this is a long enough blog post already.
But the first disc is a very
sombre and low key affair with a motley collection of ballads with
a couple of higher tempo songs thrown in for good measure (
Thinking Too Much). That disc covers events in my life
from 2007 until 2008 a very down beat and depressing year it should
The second disc has it's fair
share of ballads too but on the whole seems to be a much more
hopeful and uptempo affair. It covers 2008 into 2009 where things
picked up (slightly...but not by much) for me which is shown in the
most hopeful songs on the record
Falling To Climb and
Universe Girl. Although I still had my share of downbeat
moments as show in the song
Suspended Animation. This album covers more of Steve's
troubles and is more the story of his year (2008-2009) which is
covered on the songs with his lyrics:
Time, Losing (The Rain Comes Again), Wednesday/Waiting and
Addicted To My Imagination.
And that's a brief summary of the
recording and meaning behind our first record
Headstrong. Hope you enjoyed...or something. Yea...
1. Intro 2:01
2. She Goes 5:13
3. Sunday 6:12
4. Under Summer 4:12
5. Atmosphere 5:02
6. Oneirology 5:06
7. Out Of Time 5:36
8. Thinking Too Much 5:05
9. A Song For Them 7:10
10. Tomorrow's Dream 5:35
11. Sara Gilbert 5:30
12. All Is On (No Way Out)
1. The Love 2:12
2. Falling To Climb 5:56
3. Time 3:18
4. Universe Girl 2:56
5. Afternoon 5:54
6. Losing (The Rain Comes Again)
7. Time's Fleeting 5:35
8. Return 4:30
9. Suspended Animation
11. Addicted To My Imagination
12. Outro 4:14
11 Mar 2011 · From echoprojectband.blogspot.com/ ·
here we are! Got ourselves a mighty-fine blog page of our own, for
all the news and ramblings a band starting out could need to tell!
Howdy do to you all, and welcome to our humble little sector of the
internet. Smoking and drinking are permitted and encouraged, and
please wipe your shoes upon entry.
My name is
Wez, and I play the bass (I can't play guitar, it's got far too
many strings), sing a couple of songs and backing tracks (poorly)
and generally annoy and make a fool of myself. I do need to clarify
something Tom said earlier though; I wasn't "inducted" into the
band. The three of us were hanging out round Tom's for our weekly
movie night, and he and Steve were discussing Echo Project. Rather
meekly, I asked to join, and they happily obliged. Huzzah to being
part of something!
Being a part
of something like Echo Project is quite a brilliant experience for
me. Taking part in the writing, construction and recording of
songs, and learning the stories behind the lyrics is a fantastic
way of getting to know my two best friends better, and hopefully
make some music that people can enjoy as much as we enjoy playing.
Not to mention slowly learning to better myself as a musician, and
getting more inspiration to write my own lyrics for the group, and
my stories (some of which end up on my own blog. Happy
So to those
of you who know who we are, and those just joining us, good day,
good day and good day! Hope you like the music. If not, we hope
that us as people will make up for it. Take it easy and take
9 Mar 2011 · From echoprojectband.blogspot.com/ ·
booked our first ever live appearance at
The Butler in
Reading, Berkshire on April 22nd 2011. We're hoping for a
pretty good turn out seeing as how this'll be
Echo Project's live debut albeit in an acoustic format.
This will be the first time Wez has played in a live setting. Me
and Steve have played live many times with our other band Another
Life but this is a different set of circumstances. As opposed
to the loud heavy metal of Another Life we'll be playing in a more
intamite acoustic setting and we'll be playing songs that are more
personal which we'll be different.
Hopefully, we'll go over well and
we'll be able to springboard to even more acoustic gigs over the
first half of 2011. The ultimate goal is still to get ourselves a
Drummer and a Keyboardist so we can play full band shows and play
some of the songs that really require a full band to really make
them work (Addicted To My Imagination comes to mind).
More details on the gig as we get
them, which should be in the coming weeks and maybe even some more
gigs to come in the coming months!
- Tom (Echo Project)
9 Mar 2011 · From echoprojectband.blogspot.com/ ·
started a blog for Echo Project, mainly so I could talk about
various goings on within the band that could be posted to our Last
Fm page. You know so we can get people listening to our stuff and
maybe spreading the word. Let's start with the basic subject,
which is, details of the band.
I'm Tom Taylor and I'm the
Vocalist and main Lyricist of the band. The other two members of
the group are Steve Smith on Guitar and Backing Vocals and Wez
Walke on Bass and Backing Vocals. We're currently searching for a
drummer and hopefully a keyboardist too so we can do full bands
So it all started back in about
November of 2009. Me and Steve are in another band called Another
Life which was going through one of it's all to frequent bouts
of doing absolutely nothing (the bassist and drummer from that band
are in University). I had written a bunch of lyrics out of boredom
and suggested to Steve that we get together and maybe write some
songs from them.
Through November into
Mid-December of 2009 we wrote and recorded nine songs filling out a
mini-album we called
Suspended Animation. However, before we could finish
Tracks 10-12, Another Life kicked back into gear and we abandoned
It wasn't until May of 2010 that
we came back to the band. Another Life was in another hiatus and I
realised that me and Steve had a stockpile of about 15-16
songs that weren't quite right for Another Life. They weren't metal
and they dealt with extremely personal subjects. I wrote a few more
lyrics in this personal ilk and we realised we had 24 songs that we
could record as a whole new band.
We kicked around a few different
names for the band including
Headstrong. We eventually settled on the name
Echo Project. In the middle of May we added Wez,
originally as a second Guitarist and Backing Vocalist but
eventually he would find his calling as our Bassist. It was on May
10th that we began recording our debut 'album' (I put it in
quotations because we're unsigned) which is entitled
Headstrong. It contains 24 songs spread out over two
separate discs. It's about 130 minutes of music and it's available
to listen to on our Last Fm. page (which you can get to by clicking
our picture at the top of the page). It's all a bit rough
around the edges as almost everything was recorded in one take.
About 5 of the songs are from the original
Suspended Animation mini-album.
The album is concept album of
sorts. It deals with the years 2008 and 2009 for us which were
eventful to say the least. It kind of charts those years in a some
what chronological order.
What are we up to now? We're
currently searching for a Drummer and Keyboardist in the
Frimley/Camberley, Surrey, UK area to join the band so we can play
full band shows. For now we're trying to secure some acoustic dates
in our local area. We're also plotting to return to our home studio
to work on a second set of songs to constitute a second 'album' if
I promise I won't ramble this
incessantly in future blog postings, and I'll try and get other
members of the band to post and we'll keep a nice little blo
g here to update people on our
little band in our little town.
- Tom (Echo Project)
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