"The band’s blend of electronic texturing mixed with shifting rhythms, solid guitar playing, and contemplative lyrics make for post-Floyd space rock that moves into varying sonic territories at will."
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.
"Echoes de Luxe capture the sexy, sultry way that rock music can be twisted to drag their listeners in" -Haus of Music
"The title track for Echoes De Luxe's up and coming sophomore EP Hold On is mesmerizing to say the least. From note one, it takes me to a place that doesn’t exist in my daily realm of tasks and to do’s. It literally floats all around me..." -The Ripple Effect
"Echoes de Luxe is for those who want music that’s attractive, but has a sense of disturbing drama to it." -Golden Mixtape
"This is a beautiful piece of music with captivating vocals. It's got into my head, please feel free to welcome it in to yours." -Beehive Candy
"This band is true rock and roll!" -Citizen LA
"...a savage regard for dangerous rock and roll melodies and hard hitting rhythms. Here all major rock influences are tweaked with purpose and drive; one minute you're long hair, leather and eye-liner, the next is laser-light fury and stoner's delight..." -Mojophenia
"Queen meets Pearl Jam" -Next Stop Music
"There’s something so gritty about their sound, like warm keg beer, but still so tight and together, like a smart leisure suit topped off with a jaunty ascot." -LA Metblogs