ECHO MUTT: Virtual Chew ToyThe Sound: Echo Mutt bangs out a colorful blend of music that fluidly incorporates a wide variety of influences. Their sound has been described as an eclectic combination of Blues, Funk, Fusion and Rock. Think of it as if Eric Clapton and George Clinton invited members of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Rush over for lunch; and they all ate Red Hot Chili Pepper sandwiches smothered in Pearl Jam. Echo Mutt will groove you, rock you, seduce you and leave you completely funked up! "What we serve is so delicious, it's musically complete and sonically nutritious", says the band's drummer, Mike Eudy.
The Players: For quite a few years, the members of Echo Mutt have been quietly residing in and around a variety of other local bands in the Washington D.C area; such as: Speak-Easy, Natty Skank, The Cavemen, Jelly Finger, and Camel Pie. Recently, several of the founding members wanted to solidify a lineup for a new project. After lots of jam sessions and numerous auditions, Echo Mutt was born during the early fall of 2000. The members are: Ed Daza on lead vocals, Jeff Sandler and John McConnell on guitars, John Celia on bass, and Mike Eudy on drums. "Most people get freaked out when I start licking my bass, but not these guys.", explains John Celia.
The History: In January of 2001, Echo Mutt released their debut CD, Litter of Three. This aggressive three song EP showcased the band's solid talent, budding originality and undeniable groove. Mike Eudy comments that, "The band just clicked from the start, so we headed right into the studio". Echo Mutt spent most of 2001 playing at various music venues in and around the Washinton, DC area. Besides playing and practicing hard during 2001, the band has been diligently composing new material. "Everyone in this band is so receptive and willing to incorporate new ideas and concepts", says Ed Daza.
The News: On June 15, 2002, Echo Mutt released their debut full-length album, Virtual Chew Toy, which contains 11 original tracks. "Our goals for this album were to incorporate the compositions that best illustrate our wide spectrum of style, sound and energy", says Jeff Sandler. The band had seriously considered waiting one more year before starting work on the project, but John McConnell points out that, "We needed to get something substantial out there, fans are asking for an album." Echo Mutt has produced and released this album independently, and Virtual Chew Toy is currently available for fans on the band's website (CD Baby)and at all Echo Mutt performances.
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1. Let Me Fall
2. Sonic Nutrition
3. Walk Away
4. Time is Essential
5. Seek and Find
8. Time to Grow
9. Think About Things
10. The Devil
11. Blue Santa
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