Echo & Drake (Jon Ericson, Rich DeVito, Ryan Holmes, Carl Puglisi) is an acclaimed indie/alternative rock band from Connecticut that has garnered awards, worked with major industry figures, and won the hearts of fans around the world despite remaining truly independent throughout their career. The band formed following a chance meeting between Rich DeVito (Guitars) and Jon Ericson (Vocals, Guitars, Keys/Synths), eventually adding Carl Puglisi (Drums, Percussion) and Ryan Holmes (Bass). The band’s evocative moniker refers to the imitative and exploratory nature of songwriting as represented by Echo of Greek myth, and English explorer, Sir Francis Drake.
“…sounds big enough to fill an arena” ~Paste Magazine
Echo & Drake began work on “Sundrenched Elsewhere” in June, 2010, at Telefunken Studios (with engineers Joe Masters and Pat Cull), working with Juno Award (Canadian equivalent of the Grammys) winning producer Joseph Donovan (The High Dials, Stars, The Dears, Receivers, Sam Roberts Band) and Grammy nominated mastering engineer Jeff Lipton (Wilco / Jeff Tweedy, Spoon, Andrew Bird, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire). ”It paid off in spades” (Dan Barry, The Hartford Advocate). On Feb 18th, 2012, “Sundrenched Elsewhere” was officially released to a packed house at Willimantic’s Capitol Theater.
#1 Connecticut Album of 2011 ~Eric Danton, The Hartford Courant
At the end of 2011, their highly-anticipated debut album, “Sundrenched Elsewhere,” was dubbed the #1 Connecticut Album of 2011 by America’s oldest continuously running newspaper, The Hartford Courant (Eric Danton, a Rolling Stone contributing editor). In September, 2012, Echo & Drake was named “Best Overall Band” at the state-wide 1st Annual Connecticut Music Awards.The album continues to receive overwhelmingly positive reviews from major publications, radio stations, blogs, and magazines including The Hartford Courant, The Hartford Advocate, 88.1 WESU, 91.7 WHUS, The New Haven Register, Hamden Daily News, TAXI, Play New Haven Magazine, and many others. Their songs “Lights Out,” “Mad Hatter,” “Sundrenched Elsewhere,” and “The Woods,” have been featured in independent films, on music blogs and websites, in major publications, and their music has received airplay on internet, college, and mainstream radio stations in the US and abroad. In 2013, their lead single, “Morning Dove” being featured on an MTV Japan radio countdown.
I’m calling it, friends — it’s going to be big… Echo & Drake is one of those rare bands… a speck of gold in a sea of brass… ~Gabrielle Bruney, The Wesleyan Argus
In 2010, Echo & Drake swept The Hartford Advocate’s Grand Band Slam, taking “Best Band,” “Best New Band,” Best Rock Band, “Best Singer/Songwriter” (Jon Ericson), “Best Instrumentalist” (Rich DeVito). During the summer of 2011, the group was invited to play prominent slots at several festivals, including Hartford’s Riverfest, Meriden’s Daffodil Festival, Music Feeding Music’s annual charity concert in Niantic, and The Enfield 4th of July festival. They were also featured prominently on the soundtracks for two independent films produced by Brown University Student Television, “Whole Grain,” and “Two Hearts.” At the end of 2012, the band was named “Best Overall Band” at the state-wide, 1st Annual Connecticut Music Awards.
Echo & Drake has received two consecutive New England Music Award nomination and were named 1 of 7 finalists (out of 1,500 artists nationwide) to represent the New England region in the CBS Grammy Gig of a Lifetime 2013 contest. They also made appearances at Boston’s Outside the Box Festival (Boston Common), Boston Hard Rock Cafe, and Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest.
Echo & Drake is the right band at the right time. ~Dan Barry, The Hartford Advocate
In 2014, the band’s new single “Lazarus” was featured by Paste Magazine. The band will be building on the success of their debut album by releasing two EPs in 2014, produced by the same award winning team that made Sundrenched Elsewhere a resounding success.