Reading based alternative rock outfit Echoic have brought to us their debut EP, ‘Testify’, and it shows pure potential for the British four-piece. The band, who have been backed already by BBC Introducing…, Radio X, and Kerrang! Magazine, have pulled together their latest EP with a mix of heavier, driving guitars.
Songs such as opener ‘Testify’ and ‘Last Train’, coupled with the funkier rhythm of ‘My Mind’, give the record a mixed flavour whilst not straying too far away from the solid alternative and raw sound that Echoic stand by.
The band are rather reminiscent of UK rockers and arena fillers You Me At Six, and could easily follow in their footsteps with their great mixture of drive, heartfelt lyrics, and enough rhythm to get your feet tapping along to the beat. The real highlight of this EP is the acoustic track ‘Keep Me Warm’, which is similar to many acoustic indie rockers of late and really gives this output a heartfelt warmth.
As a debut EP, ‘Testify’ does well in showing off the talents of Echoic as a band whilst giving them room to breathe and grow. Despite this, the EP feels like it could be expanded upon more, as if Echoic are simply waiting to explode yet didn’t quite feel the freedom to explore their record in every which way.
However, with the UK scene almost exclusively depending on a wave of new bands to take over as of late, it would be no surprise to see Echoic go from strength to strength with more material that follows.
Written by Cherry Walker