Cornish duo Echo Town are kicking off the tour of their new album Kin in Exeter and calling into Plymouth.
Recorded with a deliberately live feel and produced by the legendary John Cornfield (whose back-catalogue includes Muse, The Stone Roses, Ben Howard), the acoustic rockers have armed themselves with their trademark battalion of instruments to produce a thrilling new album of molten rock wig-outs, frenzied acoustica, riled-up reggae, and bastardised blues, so says the blurb.
The album is set to be released on October 5 (that’s the morning after the Exeter Bierkeller gig of the night before).
Making their name across Europe as a band with a fired-up live set Kin have aimed to deliver that sense to disc.
Lyrically conscious and diverse, on Kin, Echo Town challenge the powers that be, spread messages of hope, open up and find time for some fun.
Revolutionaries at heart, ‘Rise Up’ explores how to break from the tightening grip of technology upon our lives, whereas ‘I Am Rising’ points the sword at the trappings of religion.
But there are also personal stories: ‘Old Friend’, is a touching ode to an ancient cherry tree Ric and Robert climbed together as children that would become more deeply rooted in their family lives and spiritually than they ever would have imagined.
Speaking about bringing ‘Kin’ together, Ric told ArtsCulture: ‘A good half of the album is made up of tunes we have been jamming at gigs for years that have never progressed beyond being jams, but now they have lyrics and some additional structure.
‘We have a lot more up tempo tunes on this record that reflect our live show more accurately.
‘Wrapped up in these refined jams are conscious lyrics addressing themes such as overcoming personal struggles, caring for the planet, recognising our place and what is truly important in life as well as having fun.’
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 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