No Different is the first single to emerge from Echo Town’s, soon to be released, fourth studio album: Kin. Easy going and free flowing, No Different’ is a ragga-tipped, surf-kissed lullaby charged with a healthy dose of peace, kinship and optimism; something no doubt everyone could do with a little extra-of these days. As with a lot of music being produced these days it seems to be a message to contract the current divisive state of the world. Echo Town are brothers Ric and Rob Harrison.
With the problems of the world mounting up around him, Ric’s natural reaction was to find solution through song. Written in just one night from his home on the Cornish coast, the words and music of No Different seemed to materialise completely spontaneously. It was only reviewing the sessions later, Ric realised the gem in which he had produced; a song that brims with an organic, earnest and unadulterated message of hope that stands primed to pull himself, and us all, through these darkening times.
With shades of Barenaked Ladies the positive and uplifting track has been shot with members of the public holding signs that read ‘No Different’ and ‘Human Being’. Peaople of all walks of life, creeds and colours appear in the video to drive the message through. The one thing that they have in common is the wide smiles on their faces. A little positivity goes a long way.
Speaking about writing No Different and the message behind it, Ric says: “I’d got worked up about the problems in the world that are keeping people from loving one another and I guess this song was the product of my frustration…. The song was inspired by just observing the issues we see in the world and how realistically we are all the same. Trying to achieve the same things, happiness, peace, contentment. Things get in the way of it all like egos, race and religion and mess it all up when in actuality we are all just human beings and no different from each other.”
Arriving as the eagerly awaited follow-up to their benchmark album, 2016’s Be Strong Troop On the dynamic Harrison duo make their return with a record that fuses molten rock wig-outs, frenzied acoustica, riled-up reggae, and bastardised blues. A hissing cauldron brimful of budding ideas, conscientious lyricism and impressive instrumentation, Kin is the band’s most ambitious album to date and is out on 5th October. Its cover features a fusion of the two brothers distinctive faces.
Kin was recorded with producer and sound engineer extraordinaire John Cornfield (Muse, The Stone Roses, Ben Howard). With Cornfield taking charge of the mixing and mastering, the record was then given the final production makeover by Echo Town themselves.
Formed in the North of England in 2013, Echo Town hit on a heady brew that mixes their love of surf culture and nature with contemporary freedom songs, the band have become instantly recognisable for their multi-instrumental performances and eclectic sound; it’s perhaps no surprise then, that BBC Introducing picked them out for sessions very early on. Touring restlessly across the UK live circuit, the band have been making the steady climb to stardom with their powerful headline shows, festival billings at the likes of Oceanfest, Glastonbury, Boomtown, Boardmasters, Loose Music Fest, Montreux Jazz Festival and by taking up crowd winning support slots with the likes of class-acts Xavier Rudd, Chali 2na, Morcheeba, My Baby, Ferocious Dog, Wille & the Bandits and Sound of the Sirens.
Echo Town will be taking Kin out on the road for a series of UK shows this Autumn. Catch the band at the following dates:
Oct 4 – Exeter, Bierkeller
Oct 5 – Perranporth – Wateringhole
Oct 6 – Hope Cove – Hope Cove Bar
Oct 11 – Plymouth – The Junction
Oct 12 – Bideford – Palladium
Oct 13 – Manchester – The Eagle
Oct 18 – Bangor – Blue Sky Cafe
Oct 19 – Chester – Telford’s Warehouse
Oct 20 – Doncaster – Little Theatre (venue tbc)
Oct 26 – Bristol – Crofters Rights
Oct 27 – London – Thousand Island
Nov 1 – Southampton – Joiners
Nov 2 – Brighton – The Brunswick
Nov 3 – Guildford – Suburbs at Holroyd Arms