With life spinning out of control on tour in the UK as 'The Ryecatchers', Danny and Mark decided it was time for a change... Returning to Vancouver, Danny and Mark took their first steps toward world domination with the formation of Danny Echo in the fall of 2005. And with that, Danny Echo was ready to rock! And why not rock on? With bucketloads of experience in the music and film industries under their belts, the band has used their skills to take their songwriting, recordings, and live show to the next level. Singer/rhythm guitarist Danny has worked on the special FX crew on the hit TV series Smallville for several years, so it should come as no surprise that smoke machines, projectors, smoking guitars, and fire extinguishers (?!!) have become a part of the visual assault of Danny Echo gigs. Lead guitarist Mark is an award winning mixer for television and film productions. Obviously, this has come in handy in the recording studio, where Mark acts as the band's chief engineer, producer, mixer, and 5-o'clock shadow-wearin' machine. Collectively, Danny, Mark, and bandmate Ian have had their tunes implanted in a number of TV shows and flicks in recent years, including Cold Squad, Just Cause, Saint Monica, Show Me Yours, Zed CBC, and MuchMusic. The Danny Echo lineup solidified in the summer of 2008, with longtime co-writer and self-proclaimed "jack of all trades, master of none" Ian joining the live version of the band on keyboards, percussion, and guitar. The mysterious Hayato promised - and delivered - scintillating drumming and copious amounts of sake, while Spencer, specializing in tallness, harmony vocals, and bass, also became a bonafide, certified Echo. Since the formation of Danny Echo, the Vancouver music scene has embraced the incredible vibe of Danny Echo's rock and rollio presence. 'Half the audience knows the words better than I do', Danny said at a recent Railway Club show. And even if they don't know the songs, audiences still get into the energy and sounds of Danny Echo. With influences drawing from the greats like The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beatles, Radiohead, and U2, Danny Echo reverberates with all that is melodic, all that is catchy, and all that is rock and roll. As Mark observed, 'it's all that it should be, damn it!!!' In between rockin' out around Canada and playing around Vancouver, the band released a 5 song EP in January 2007. The band also released a 4-song maxi-single in May 2008, which featured the dynamic power ballad 'Tomorrow Today,' the eerie 'Madchester' rocker 'Given Up Giving Up', the soulful, epic 'Help Yourself' and the spacey melodic rocker 'Out Of Style'. The new songs have already attracted the attention of radio programmers in Canada and the United States. Danny Echo debuted the new songs at NXNE festival in Toronto, opening up for power pop legends Redd Kross at Lee's Palace in June 2008. In January 2009 the Danny Echo songwriting team signed a contract with the Los Angeles-based Lakehouse Sound, a custom music label. Listen out for your favorite Danny Echo tunes reverberating around the world on TV shows, movies, video games, and ads! Meanwhile, the Echos' first full length, self-titled album is set to be released on Friday February 13th, 2009 - but only if you behave yourselves, you spoiled little brats! HERE'S WHAT THE WORLD IS SAYING ABOUT THE ALBUM. "Yet another local (Vancouver) band that seems to have appeared out of nowhere, Danny Echo has a sense of drama that heightens a well-sung and played record. It also defies labels and eras, owing a little something to the various influences from the 1970s onward, yet defiantly apart. Danny Echo might be an example of the band described by what it isn't. Not punk, post-wave, emo, Britpop etc., but with appealing vocals and instrumentation that develops." - Tom Harrison (The Province) " CD of the Week" "Danny Echo sounds experienced, appealing, and yet creative and fresh. I am not fibbing when I tell you that this band does not sound new or developing. Danny Echo is a rising star, and Canada will be very proud when they hit the big time. " - Lauren Eldridge (A 'n E Vibe Magazine) "The band kicks things off with some U2 referencing on album opener Out Of Style, with soft atmospherics that give way to unabashed gleeful riffing over subtle, soaring sweeping synthesizers. Killing Me is an inspired, thoroughly enjoyable track with it's lifted choruses and supremely headbangable riffs, topped off with a wildly sexy snarl. It's a combination of John Lennon and Pete Townsend updated for the 21st century, and it works." "It's a testimony to a band's pop sensibilities when one's first instinct upon finishing a record is to replay it. It's an even bigger testimony to their talent when they manage to produce an album that pays off successfully both as a collection of songs and as a whole. In a day and age when most artists are paying more attention to the digital single instead, Danny Echo must be commended for producing a record as consistent and as wholly enjoyable as this one. Wonderfully addictive and thoroughly enjoyable, this is all that powerpop rock n' roll is meant to be. Highly recommended." - Samuel C. Wee (The Power of Pop) "If there is any hope for someone to stand up and save rock and roll in it's truest and purist form, Danny Echo is a strong contender to lead that campaign. If there is any justice in the musical world, 2009 will be the year that the music of Danny Echo bounces back for everyone to hear and enjoy." - Bill's Music Forum.
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