Hi everybody, welcome to the yearly education thread. As there's really only one act or so I feel like I have any more to contribute on than a lot of other people, I will only be addressing IO Echo at the moment. Here is how the education thread works:
Please either have seen the band or for some of the smaller acts at least have done a decent amount of research. Unless it's some really shitty act, then please listen to two (2) youtubes and quickly write a funny dismissal of all the art these people have created. When you post your praise/criticism, please include some youtubes. If there are good live clips, then sweet. If the band is good live but the youtubes of them don't convey it properly--as happens to me from time to time--just post non-live youtubes and state that they're better live than they seem.
I got sold on this band, which seems to be mostly the chick singer, when I saw them opening for The Secret Machines at some bar a few years back. It was one of the most annoying crowds I'd ever been in, just a bunch of LA assholes not giving proper appreciation for the talents being exhibited. One of the coolest moments was during this song, which you might want to turn your volume down around 1:20 while watching:
It was a cool moment because in the beginning when she was issuing her soft pleas of "Quiet... quiet..." the crowd actually started to listen. They were just talking right over her but something about her beckoning in that hushed tone actually got through and you heard an entire room full of annoying conversations grind to a halt until the place was nearly silent and then they just blasted the FUCK out of everybody with racket. I'm not normally the racket-loving type, but this was awesome.
They have another song I distinctly remember loving that night, but I'm instead going to use some footage from when they opened up for NIN at the last of the goodbye NIN shows at The Wiltern. They held the stage really well despite clearly being in front of probably the biggest audience of their career, none of the audience really being there to watch them.
This is Stalemate which I remember from what I assume is their first EP. It is good:
You should watch these guys with me, unless they're on at like 1 pm in which case I will NOT fucking see you there because it is TOO goddamn early to Coachella.