- 12 Nov 20
Since forming in June 2019, Echo's Bones have quickly built up a loyal following, performing for capacity crowds in Bello Bar, Anseo, Sin É and Whelan's Upstairs. Before being cancelled due to the lockdown, their two single launch performances in the Workman's Club sold out.
Haunting strings? Check. Brutal honesty? Check. Killer beat and Celtic undertones? Check. This may be something of a blueprint for most rock bands of the day, but brand new Dublin outfit Echo's Bones is breathing new life into the alternative genre. Hot Press is delighted to premiere their debut single, 'KH', ahead of its official release on Friday the 13th of November.
The new five-piece consists of singer-songwriter Sara O'Loughlin, drummer Dylan Lynch, pianist/synth player Alex Lynch, violinist Róisín O'Connor and guitarist Pierfrancesco Dessi.
‘KH’ walks the line between lovelorn melancholia and empowerment, driven forward by Lynch’s hypnotic beat. Brooding and biting all at once, O'Loughlin's introspective writing and subtle vocal lend 'KH' an irresistible gravitas, even as the instrumentals buoy her dulcet tones.
"I wrote KH in one sitting," O'Loughlin says of the track, which was recorded at Alfionn Studios by Chris Barry. "It was one of those songs that just wanted to exist. I used it to work out how I felt about someone in my life. When I brought it to the band, Dylan put the beat to it and we all looked at each other like, ‘yep’. It’s our favourite song to play live and we can’t wait for people to hear it."
Exploring the theme of confusion–loving someone who is bad for you, and ultimately walking away–'KH' is, at its core, about opposition. The resounding chorus, "you are what I want, but not what I need", fluctuates somewhere between a lament and a battle cry, underlined by the powerfully emotional guitar and strings. The band seems made for the season with their witchy alt-rock stylings, but my hunch is that Echo's Bones will stand the test of time as a group–they have a winning alchemy behind them.
Feature image by Ellius Grace.
Listen to the song below.