‘This Echo’ by Abstract Concrete | New Self-Titled Album

Uncategorized October 3, 2023

‘This Echo’ by Abstract Concrete | New Self-Titled Album

This Heat founder Charles Hayward forms new band Abstract Concrete and announces debut LP sharing a stunning video made by Louise Mason and Yoni Silver for single ‘This Echo’.


The self-titled album will be released through State51 Conspiracy on November 17th. The co-founder of This Heat and Camberwell Now, Charles Hayward, recently entered his eighth decade, but instead of slowing down, he’s actually stepping the pace up dramatically. After a sensational string of gigs in the UK and the US as part of This Is Not This Heat, a newly revitalised and inspired Charles, finds a new creative outlet in the form of his new band, Abstract Concrete.

The band features Agathe Max (Mésange, UKAEA) on viola, Otto Willberg (Yes Indeed, Historically Fucked) on bass, Roberto Sassi (Snorkel, Glenn Branca) on guitar, Yoni Silver (Hyperion Ensemble, Steve Noble) on keyboards and, of course, Charles himself on drums and vocals.

Talking about the single, the band comments : “This track began with the idea of two human nervous systems, having their top layer of skin removed and being banged up against each other. The title comes from being in the Alps as a kid and looking out at Mont Blanc and hearing an echo come back to me from miles away. I became obsessed and when I first heard an echo box, I thought, “Ah! I don’t have to go up a mountain to do it!” Because up “til then I had been wondering how I was going to get my drum kit up a mountain to recreate this sound”.

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Headline photo: Lewis Hayward

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