Mt. Echo is the obvious answer to the question: are there still good post-rock bands in the Netherlands? Exhibit #1: Electric Empire
(review in Dutch)
This is a fascinating and fantastic album. I look forward to spending many more hours with what Mt. Echo hath wrought. Color me impressed.
Wherever they go on Cirrus, Mt. Echo bring that atmospheric density along with them. The proverbial ‘band to watch.’
"Cirrus is a dense disk in which the young quartet develops its full potential post-metal, doom and post-rock."
Cirrus is superbly produced and Mt. Echo sound exciting and wonderful from start to finish. [...]
This is a stunning and genuinely exciting album that leaves you wanting more
The group’s music seemingly takes influence from the natural world. For every sludgy riff there’s a twinkling melody, just as for every rainbow there’s a thunderstorm.
We are proud to present to you: Out latest record called Electric Empire! Check it out on Spotify, Bandcamp, YouTube, etc. Hope you all enjoy it!
Today we've released our new single for our upcoming album "Electric Empire". Check it out here:
Mt. Echo: The Big Update
Tl;dr: we are a temporary 3-person band and are recording a new album!
So, its been a while since we did a proper update about what is going on. So where do we start?
Like every other person on this world, COVID also brought us to a stand-still. The shows we had planned were cancelled and rehearsals weren’t happening as much as we’d hoped to.
2020 was going to be a year where we would write songs for our new record, but also the year were we where going to look for someone who could replace the empty space Tommy left behind.
Although we did started looking for new band members and had some really cool jam-sessions with great musicians, COVID once more was obstructing our progress. Rehearsals were scarce and every time we did plan one, we found it more useful/fun to just jam, write and get the energy out, instead of finding that new bandmember. This went on and off for a while, resulting in 10 songs being written and completed as a 3 peace band.
After some reflection on the songs, we feel it is a part of what Mt. Echo is at this point. Adding extra part on already existing songs, without the full “writing a song together”- process wouldn’t feel right.
That being said, it is time for the good news! This weekend we will start recording the drumtracks for our upcoming record. We currently have 50 to 60 minutes of fresh music that is ready to be released. The recording process will once more be a DIY-project with the help from some friends. We are hoping for it to be released somewhere at the end of summer, beginning of fall.
We’ll try to keep you posted on the progress. That’s it for now, more news will be coming soon!
Keep safe & healthy!
Gerben, Vincent & Rolf
So, we had all our shows cancelled due to the corona-virus that is spreading across the world.
The good news is: Booster Festival is still happening, in a online festival setting, Bring your own beer! Check out this link for more info.
Until all this is over, we will be writing new music (in a safe way) for our next album, which we will hopefully be recording this winter.
Today we released our second single/video from our debutalbum Cirrus. The song Catena is a mix of live footage of a show we played earlier this year in Merleyn, Nijmegen and visuals from PhosPfor and LSSDW, the alter-ego of Bismut's bassplayer.
Last week our album was featured on the youtube-channel of 666MrDoom, a channel that promotes heavy music daily. We are truly thankfull for MrDoom helping us getting our music out there. Check it out here!
We also did a small interview with Astral Noize, UK to talk about the creation of Cirrus and the pro's and con's of being an instrumental band were musicians have a different background.
During the making of Cirrus we had a little help from a few friends. In this series we would like to thank them.
Shout Out #1
The first person on the list is Romy Broeders. Last winter she was tough enough to brave the cold and capture an image of us. We are really pleased with the end result! We can really recommend checking out her other work on https://romybroeders.nl
Shout Out #2
Our next Shout Out is dedicated to Doornroosje. The venue gave us the opening to use their idle space in the summer-break. Since three of us where working at the place, it already felt like our second home. With the space and time we have been given we've got the chance to build our own pop-up studio and record all the songs in a live-setting. Something we truly enjoyed and treasure.
Shout Out #3
For lending a great sounding drumkit to make the drums sound great on record, we want to thank Stockenhof Muziek Thank you!
Shout Out #4
The shout-out-saga continues. Today we want to send out a special thanks to Nico van Montfort, who helped us out during the recording process. With a talent for listening he made sure we had the right set-up to start recording. After the mixing was done he took care of the mastering in his XPZ Sound Studio, which gave the album a great sound.
"For every dark riff there is a sparkling melody". This description hits the nail on the head. The instrumental rock of Mt. Echo is loud, dark and yet also a bit sweet. The music carries you along in thoughts without you even noticing it.
The three band members of Mt. Echo complement each other with dissonant melodies, rhythm changes and ominous soundscapes. After Cirrus - their debut album from 2019 - the band has taken the time to work on the successor. In the summer of 2021 the album, Electric Empire, was recorded in an empty concert venue. The album will be released January 28th 2022. Electric Empire is a clear continuation in the band's development, in which the musicians do not hesitate to disrupt beautiful melodies with deafening noise rock.
"Voor elke donkere riff is er een sprankelende melodie" - Astral Noize.
Deze omschrijving slaat de spijker op de kop. De instrumentale rock van Mt. Echo is hard, duister en toch ook een beetje lief. De afwisseling voert je mee in je gedachten zonder dat je er zelf erg in hebt.
De drie bandleden van Mt. Echo vullen elkaar aan met dissonante melodielijnen, ritmewisselingen en onheilspellende soundscapes. Na Cirrus - het debuutalbum uit 2019 - heeft de band de tijd genomen om aan de opvolger te werken. In de zomer van 2021 werd deze opgenomen in een leegstaande popzaal en begin 2022 zal het album, getiteld Electric Empire, wereldkundig worden gemaakt. Electric Empire is een duidelijk vervolg in de ontwikkeling van de band, waarbij men 60 minuten lang niet schroomt om mooie melodielijnen te verstoren met oorverdovende noiserock.