Band of the Day

2013.10.19

IO Echo

Far eastern textures levitating over dark 90's industrial influences, shoegaze, and pop melodies
In Paradise, the wintertime came early in the year. You brought the frost and made yourself quite clear.
lyrics from When The Lillies Die

Io Echo is Ioanna Gika and Leopold Ross. This group from Los Angeles combine the best elements of shoegaze and indie rock with an updated post-modern aesthetic, creating a sound that is truly their own. Their debut album, Ministry of Love, was released in April 2013 on renowned independent label, IAMSOUND, along with a stunning interactive music video for the title track. On their debut album, which combines grand songs with unique textures such as Japanese koto harps and Chinese violins, the band have created towering tracks with a distinctive sound early listeners have been calling “the leaders of Grunge Goth” and “New Orientalism.” Their unique blend of pop melodies, dark 90′s industrial influences, and far eastern elements caught the attention of early admirers such as Florence and The Machine, TV on The Radio, and The Big Pink (for whom Leopold also plays bass) who each offered the band high-profile support slots on their tours. Perhaps most notably, Io Echo were hand picked by Trent Reznor to open for Nine Inch Nails at the band’s last ever tour show. Io Echo have also recently composed the score to the Harmony Korine + James Franco film “Rebel.” Their unique, genre pioneering style, both musical and visual have tastemakers proclaiming them as ones to watch. Their hometown of Los Angeles is buzzing that in time Io Echo could take their place next to The Cure, Garbage, Cocteau Twins, and PJ Harvey. Their wildly captivating live show and relentless touring schedule have allowed them to directly support Garbage, CSS, The Joy Formidable, Bloc Party, and Haim, as well as secure major 2013 festival plays throughout North America, including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Corona Capitol, and Treasure Island.