Greetings from the home of Etch!
It's 2014 and we are once again in the process of recording! This will be our third album and we intend to push this to yet another plateau. Our yet to be titled CD is in the current process of song arrangements, rearrangements, and studio tracking with new songs being added as we march through. We will be posting updates on our progress as well as future videos, images from the studio and some of the events we will be attending at the begining of the year.. The first being NAMM 2014. Disneyland for musicians!
Stay tuned, - Ancil
Our second album "6 ˝ Hour Drive" is now available, and we’re very excited for everyone hear it! This album was 2 years in the making. A journey that included some real highs, some very low lows, a near miss with getting a driver’s license suspended (hence the title of the album), a completely trashed and blown Xterra engine (hence the title again) and a lot of frequent flyer miles. In addition to recording in two studios (in Northern and Southern California) and mixing and mastering in yet a third, our band played our hearts out on this one. We also recruited the world-class production and engineering skills of Scottish wunderkind producer Ian Miller and the sonic mastery of John Vestman at Vestman Mastering.
The album is available online at all the major outlets (CD BABY, iTunes, AMAZON etc.).
6 ˝ Hour Drive
Having enlisted the world-class production of Scottish producer Ian Miller, "6 ˝ Hour Drive," Etch's second album, is the result of a two-year journey into the heart and soul of a band. “This is the album we’ve wanted to put out all these years,” says guitarist and songwriter Al “Ancil” Palacio. What makes this an exciting band to watch is the hard-hitting melodies, inspired performances, electronic textures, and diverse songwriting that elicit comparisons with Brit artists such as Muse, Coldplay, New Order, and Peter Gabriel.
The first thing that strikes you about Etch is their sheer musical diversity in songs that blur the line between alternative electronic-rock “Down The Road,” subtle calypso groove-laden pop “This Time,” bass-driven angst “I Feel It,” Floyd-esq psychedelia “Follow Me,” a poignant introspective ballad (featuring piano, strings, and nylon string guitar) “Everything So Clear,” and a cinematic wall of sound in “Let It Lie,” all while maintaining their unique vision.
Vocalist and songwriter Scott Bottomley’s charismatic style and tone reminiscent of the Brit pop invasion of the '80s leads this unique but all American band. “I enjoy the process of seeing a musical idea take shape into a song; the blending of different textures and sounds, different instruments creating a sonic mood. In the end, I like taking the listener on a small journey for a few minutes in time…”
Steampunk-inspired guitarist Ancil’s versatility and range straddles the line from the texture and minimalism class of guitar players the likes of ex-Smith’s guitarist Johnny Marr, U2’s The Edge, to the soaring soulful melodic lines of Journey’s Neal Schon to Slash. “I love all things guitar! To me, using a myriad of effects, amp tones, and various types of guitars to create sounds that fit the song are equivalent to what a painter would use in his palette of colors. These are tools I use in creating our art…” Drummer Jeff Siciliani puts the stamp and groove to the Etch sound and completes the band.
Etch was formed in Orange County, CA by Scott Bottomley, Al “Ancil” Palacio, and Jeff Siciliani.
Produced by Ian Miller
Exclusive Interview with Etch
Scott Bottomley and Al "Ancil" Palacio talk about the life of an indie musician and how the music industry has changed.
Etch gets airplay on 95.5 KLOS Radio
Etch was featured on 95.5 KLOS radio in Los Angeles. KLOS' Local Licks with Terry Gladstone is the longest running showcase of undiscovered local talent in Southern California.
Missed the show?
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