UPDATE – The ETCH web site redesign coming online Memorial Weekend 2012! This design includes a music player, press clippings, radio broadcast, and more. STAY TUNED!
In the meantime sample some of our music on SoundCloud… Etch On SOUNDCLOUD
Etch - Down The Road
Etch - Falling
Etch - CDBaby Store
Etch AMAZON Artist Store
Etch - 6 1/2 Hour Drive - AMAZON STORE
ETCH: A SKETCH - 2011
Hi Everyone in web land!
Our second album Etch – 6 ½ Hour Drive is finally complete, 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 should be available online at all the major outlets (CD BABY, AMAZON, DIGSTATION, etc.)
by the second week of April 2011. In the meantime there is a lot of stuff going on.
Stay tuned for a complete web site re-design, a video and additional free unreleased song downloads!
We pulled out all the stops and are proud to present you with our latest effort Etch – 6 ½ Hour Drive.
6 ½ Hour Drive
(Original Press Release Date: April 2011)
Having enlisted the world-class production of Scottish producer Ian Miller, 6 ½ 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.