Blossoming band

Appeared in "The Reporter", written by Kevin Johnson
June 1993

Never the type to keep quiet long, West Point rock band Echolyn is back yet another release, hot off the heels of its November 1992 Suffocating The Bloom.

The group is having a release party for ...And Every Blossom, the all-acoustic continuation to Suffocating The Bloom, at the Chestnut Cabaret on June 18.

Tickets are $10 in advance and at the door. Doos open at 8 p.m. Opening acts include the REM-inspired band Minds Over Mayhem, which boasts Lansdale member Mike Cubranich, and folsky performer John Robins, also of Lansdale. Echolyn is expected to hit the stage at around 10:30 p.m., playing the old and new for two hours.

Greg Kull, Echolyn's manager, doesn't feel like the new CD came out too quickly.

"These guys are artists. I shouldn't stop them from writing. I don't care if they put six out six albums a year," said Kull.

The band decided to go acoustic this time around - a forumla that's worked for Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Arrested Development and many others thanks to MTV Unplugged - to expose their fans to a side of the band they were probably unaware of.

"They seemed to be going over very well," Kull said of the superstar acts to record acoustically. "Was that our thinking? I'm not sure.

"We had some material sitting around and instea of waiting around, we didn't want to do an album that was half and half (half acoustic, half full instrumentation). We wanted to get it all out there in one shot."

The four-song, 16-minute CD, which has all new songs, inlcudes Bright Sides, Blue And Sand, Lunch In The Sun and Ballet For A Marsh.

...And Every Blossom will be available June 18 by calling Bridge. Cost is $7. Echolyn sold 1,500 copies of Suffocating The Bloom; they already have 200 pre-orders for ...And Every Blossom.

Sarah Sharkey, Kull's six-year-old cousin from North Wales, is incorporated into the album. Her voice is used as a transition between most of the songs.

For example, introducingh the first song, Bright Sides, she says, "This is a happy song called Bridgt Sides." "We wanted to keep it light, happy and childlike," Kull said.

The band hopes the release of ...And Every Blossom brings them one step closer to a record deal. Echolyn is, for the first time, aggressively soliciting record labels in search of a deal.

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