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Combining their love of anthemic 70s arena rock with the incendiary spirit of Jane's Addiction, Echoes De Luxe mixes the best of the past with a progressive sensibility on sophomore EP Hold On. The truth is, it's difficult to pigeonhole the three piece collective. The seven tracks on Hold On run the gamut from soaring, arena-ready anthems to restrained slow burns, creating a listening experience that is simultaneously familiar and fresh, accessible yet challenging.
Echoes de Luxe released their debut EP in March of 2009. Mixed by Alex Newport (Jubilee, Mars Volta), and mastered by Pete Lyman (Mars Volta, Death Cab for Cutie), the five songs won them an early champion in Jane's Addiction guitarist, Dave Navarro. He played their songs on his weekly radio show "Dark Matter" and invited the band to perform on-air in the Indie 103.1 studios. After playing shows in support of the EP, the band began work on self-produced recordings in their home studio. Releasing them as The Notremonde Demos in February of 2010, the songs garnered them some more critical praise.
In August of 2011, Echoes de Luxe teamed up with Velvet Revolver's Dave Kushner and veteran engineer Ryan Williams to begin work on four tracks for Hold On. "The focus for this album was melody and story. I wanted to capture the elements that I felt we had just begun to scratch the surface on with the Notremonde demos," explains singer/songwriter Richard Swan.
Taking lessons learned from the veteran producer, Echoes De Luxe finished the record in an empty church in Silverlake, CA. According to the band, working with Kushner was challenging yet yielded excellent results. "Having self-produced everything before, it was a challenge to relinquish control to someone, even with as much respect and confidence as we had in Dave’s talents. Ultimately and without surprise, the songs came out far better than we had hoped, and it was all down to the creative partnership and fun working atmosphere."
The band released the 'Hold On' EP on October 16, making it available through their Bandcamp site and all major music retailers.