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CD review: ‘Rock Bottoms Up’ by Danny Echo

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"Rock Bottoms Up" by Danny Echo

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There was a time, not so long ago, when the Internet, CDs and DVDs did not exist yet. LPs, singles and cassette tapes were all the rage. It was a time when rock ’n’ roll — garage rock, in particular — was simply raw, fun and intoxicating, and seemed unstoppable.

Do you miss that era? If so, I have great news for you! Danny Echo is bringing that good old sound back. The members of the band know their classics. Their music sounds like a mixture of AC/DC, Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, and Pink Floyd, with some personal uniqueness thrown in the mix. And there is even an unmissable Irish flavor at times.

“‘Rock Bottoms Up’ is definitely a Rock 'n' Roll album... not intended for the faint-hearted, or for those in search of deep musical meaning,” says guitarist Mark Klausmayer. Danny Echo’s second opus delivers on its promise. Its 11 tracks feature lively tunes, fun lyrics and exciting guitar riffs. And Dan Newton’s voice — at times very Mick Jagger-ish — really hits you with a bang.

There are a lot of things that I like about “Rock Bottoms Up.” Its sound is very ‘accessible’. Danny Echo is made up of a bunch of musicians who enjoy playing together and are very passionate about what they do. This, in turn, gives the album a ‘near-live’ twist. You feel as though you were in the same room with the band, something that many musicians try to emulate but rarely do well.

“Rock Bottoms Up” brings me back to a time when, as a teenager, I spent my Saturday afternoons roaming second-hand music stores in search of the next exciting sound. This album would have definitely been part of my treasured collection then. However, I am also glad that it belongs to my ‘grown-up’ collection. Why? Because it feels good to know that there is a modern wave of musicians ready to lend new credibility to a musical genre that was going downhill.

Great job!

More about “Rock Bottoms Up”

Release date: January 2011

Tracklisting:

  1. You’re Breaking Down
  2. Down to the Letter
  3. Powder Your Nose
  4. Now Quite Ready to Lose
  5. Don’t Drive My Heart
  6. Better You Than Me
  7. Fair Game
  8. Right Time Right Place
  9. Things I Never Had
  10. One of a Million
  11. Tomorrow Today

Album available for purchase at www.dannyecho.com.

About Danny Echo

Danny Echo is a quintet based in Vancouver. Formed in 2005, the band consists of Dan Newton (lead singer), Ian Newbery (guitar, keys, percussion, vocals), Mark Klausmayer (guitar), Shannon Perkins (guitar) and Hayato Kubo (drums).

For more information on the band, check out the interview I did with them:

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