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Pound for pound Poland has been pumping out some of the best kraut and space rock the last couple of years. Emerging from the growing scene come critically acclaimed fan lauded favorites, Echoes of Eon. After winning the eye of the public Echoes of Eon spent nearly two years honing their skills with live performances and festival after festival until the time came to record their debut album Immensity. By this point they are a well-oiled machine, a prog-rock space monster. Bleeding but not tied to an obvious Hawkwind influence Echoes of Eon are proving to be a unique musical voice among the growingly chocked Polish scene. With so many great bands out there it’s hard to keep people’s attention but that doesn’t seem to be a problem with Echoes of Eon, they certainly interested me enough to talk with them about the history of the band, recording the new album Immensity and what the future has in store for them.
What is the band's lineup?
Grzesiek: Echoes of Eon are Mateusz Narkiewicz on guitar, Rafał Korecki on bass, Paweł Głębocki on drums and myself Grzesiek Wieliczko playing guitar.
Are any of you in other bands at this point? Have you been in any other bands that recorded or released anything?
Grzesiek: Each one of us has gained experience from other bands. Many years ago I recorded an album with an industrial black-metal band Nepauz Had. After that I created The Rack Tripp which was entirely my project. Nowadays besides Echoes of Eon I have a solo project Become the Ocean. It’s in the very early stages of development though, and because of my lack of time I’ve had to put it on hold for the moment.
Rafał: Before Echoes of Eon we were playing with Mateusz and Pawel in a project called Circle's Closing but it kind of died a natural death. A few years back Mateusz and Pawel also played in a band called Good City, Mateusz recorded two albums with them but Pawel’s only on the last one.
Where is the band currently located? Are you very involved with the music scene there?
Grzesiek: The matter of location is rather complicated in our case. Three quarters of the band come from Dobre Miasto which is where our rehearsals take place. I lived in Olsztyn before, about 20 km from there so there was no problem, but now I live in Gizycko which is 120 km away. Because of that we only rehearse when we’re preparing for a concert.
Rafał: We played our first concerts here in Olsztyn and Dobre Miasto we are very involved with the music scene but we’re very open-minded and eagerly cooperate with bands from all over Poland.
How would you describe the scene there?
Grzesiek: In Olsztyn itself the music scene isn’t very big. We had a little problem finding bands that play similar music in the beginning. We played concerts with strictly metal or even pop-rock bands, but after few gigs we got to know other bands that were on the same wavelength like MOAFT from Morag. We were, and still are, very eager to play with them. The music scene itself in my opinion is a little bit narrow and consists mostly of metal bands. I recommend you check out Cerber and Messa, and of course MOAFT!
Rafał: In Dobre Miasto we only really have three very resilient bands: Hyperial, Kohorta and ourselves. It's a small town and we don't have many musical events going on.
How did you all meet? How long has Echoes of Eon been around? What led you to form the band?
Grzesiek: We met two years ago. The band was originally just me and a drummer, Krzysiek. We were looking for musicians who would fit in our post-rock form and after a few personel changes, Rafał and Mateusz joined the band. Finally due to the band’s evolution we also changed drummers, Krzysiek was replaced by Pawel who fits in perfectly and is a very solid foundation at the moment.
Rafał: The band's form is a post-rock and post-metal hybrid but we don't assume that we are going to do that all the time, it’s just in all of us and comes out during composition.
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Was does the name Echoes of Eon mean or refer to?
Grzesiek: The name refers to the music and space that we are trying to create with it. I don’t think anyone knows the real meaning at this point, we’ve had a few theories in the past but no one remembers them at this point haha!
Does Echoes of Eon have any music other than the upcoming album Immensity available?
Grzesiek: No, not at the moment.
In March you performed at least part of the new album live for Radio Olsztyn, how did that go? Did you just debut some new songs or did you perform the album in its entirety? Was it nerve wracking playing new material live for broadcast?
Grzesiek: At the Radio Olsztyn show we played Immensity almost in its entirety. We probably would have played the whole album but it didn't fit within the time limit. Personally I was a bit stressed with the monitors (foldback) in my earphones, having an additional cable on me I couldn't move while playing and what's more we normally play very loudly. Having an earphone monitor (foldback) I didn't really feel what I was playing. It was however, a very interesting experience and I think it went really well.
Can you describe your song writing process? Is it a lot of jamming or does someone come in with a more finished idea and flesh it out with the rest of you?
Grzesiek: We come up with 90% of the material while jamming. Usually someone starts to play and the rest of us just join in. We’re trying to memorize and link the most interesting sections for the most part. The exception is Ganimedes that I composed on my own. While playing it at rehearsals everyone added something though, their own parts and ideas, and thanks to that the song fits in perfectly with the rest of the material.
Rafał: I would mention two songs as great examples, Delusion I and Delusion II which we actually composed with Grzesiek in a hotel room while recording Immensity.
Immensity comes out April 30th. Who is putting it out? Where can our readers get a copy?
Grzesiek: We put Immensity out on our own and we are selling and distributing the album ourselves. You can buy our album at the online store: http://echoesofeon.8merch.com/
What does the album title Immensity refer to?
Rafał: Immensity was actually my idea, I wanted to underline or even direct the listener to our vision of Echoes of Eon’s music. I only had one word in mind, immensity. I think it perfectly describes our musical journeys into vast spaces and the infinite.
Can you talk about the recording of Immensity? Who recorded it? Where was it recorded at? What kind of equipment was used?
Grzesiek: Immensity was recorded at the Sounds Great Promotion studio in Gdynia. Our producer was Jan Galbas, mixing and mastering was done by Kuba Mankowski and Jan Galbas. We established that we wanted the album to sound like we were playing live so we played on the same equipment that we use during concerts.
Do you enjoy recording? It seems like bands either love it or they hate it.
Grzesiek: It was the first time in professional recording studio for all of us so we didn't really know what to expect. Fortunately our producer Dziablas approached us with a lot of patience and we managed to record the album comfortably in six days. Actually we enjoyed it so much that we’ve already started to think about the next time, what kind of mistakes we made and can avoid next time around.
Rafał: Although it was our first time the session was very good. The mood was great. We didn’t really have any problems during production and ended up with even more interesting ideas than we had prepared before entering the studio.
Other than the release of Immensity on April 30th do you have any other plans or goals for the year you'd like to accomplish?
Grzesiek: Our main goal is to promote the album and play concerts. We’re not really thinking about anything else at the moment.
What plans do you have as far as touring goes this year?
Grzesiek: Upcoming shows include Bring The Astronauts Fest and the Dobremiastock Festival, both in Dobre Miasto. We’re also supporting Long Distance Calling in Poznan at the Post Rock Festival. We usually learn about upcoming shows as they happen as opposed to doing a lot of planning, we will probably organize a small tour promoting the album shortly though.
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What's the best place for people to keep up with the latest news like record releases and upcoming performances from Echoes of Eon at?
Our website and facebook fanpage:
I don't like to label music, it's just doesn't seem applicable to me. Rather than classify or label it, how would you describe Echoes of Eon's music?
Rafał: Echoes of Eon is indescribable! No I’m joking. But seriously I don't know, maybe... Hurricane Katrina?
It sounds like you have a pretty varied source of music you draw from; can you talk about some of your major influences?
Grzesiek: Well I probably won't surprise you by saying that everyone of us listens to a different type of music. Of course we all have some bands and types of music we enjoy in common with each other as well though. I have a few bands that I'm always listening to and always will be. Those are King Crimson, Tool, Neurosis, Meshuggah, The Mars Volta, Russian Circles and The Ocean. Other bands and inspirations change all the time, if I were to answer this question next week the answers would be different but at the moment some of them are Cult of Luna, Puscifer, Red Fang, Karnivool, Bon Iver, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Mastodon, Rosetta I Ufomammut. Polish bands also worth mentioning include Blindead, Obscure Sphinx, Nao, Ampacity and my latest discovery, Hetane.
Rafał: We share a lot of those influences in common like Tool, Meshuggah, The Mars Volta, Russian Circles, The Ocean. For my part I would mention Tesseract, Gojira , Isis, Opeth, Porcupine Tree and Cloudkicker, which is actually a solo procject of mine but also very inspiring.
It's a double-edged sword in and of itself, but digital music has exposed me to an entirely new cosmos of musical exploration. How do you feel about digital music and distribution?
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Grzesiek: I think it's a good phenomenon. The whole music industry should switch their model to publicizing music mainly in the digital format. CD's and vinyl should be the privilege of music lovers. It’s a result of the times we're living in. We consume so many products, including music, that it’s so much easier to download a mp3 and play it with one click on a computer than it is to look for a CD, remove it from the package and put it into a CD player. In my opinion good music defends itself; people who collect albums will always collect them, the thing is to get to people who don't buy CDs or vinyl for different reasons, who are comfortable with downloading mp3s from the internet interested and involved. Delivering them music in a digital format for less money seems like a good solution, in fact we’re planning on offering an online digital version of Immensity soon.
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I'm always on the hunt for good bands, who should I be listening to from your region that I might not have heard of before?
Grzesiek: Certainly! MOAFT, Moose The Tramp and Frozen Lakes. There are other bands I already mentioned above; those are Blindead, Obscure Sphinx, Nao, Ampacity, and Hetane.
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(April 30th 2013) Echoes of Eon – Immensity – CD – Self-Released
Interview made by Roman Rathert/2013
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