Echolyn's Big Date

Appeared in "The Reporter", written by Kevin Johnson
August 1992

Local band Echolyn is feeling pretty good about themslves these days. Tonight, the band faces the biggest gig of its career. Echolyn plays the Theater of the Living Arts with opening act The Young Dervishes. Showtime is 8 p.m.

But if you don't have tickets allreayd, don't head down to the South Street theater hoping to snagh a few. The show has been sold out for weeks.

The group is particuarly happy about this because they rented out the theater themselves and sold out each of the venue's 412 seats without benefit of a concert promotion agency like Electric Factory Concerts.

"We're proud of it because we presented it," said Echolyn manager Greg Kull of Bridge Management in an interview at The Reporter last week. "We sold it out by word of mouth and dedicated fans and a strong mailing list."

Echolyn members include Kull's brother Brett Kull of West Point, lead guitar and lead and backing vocals; Ray Weston of Ambler, frontman and lead vocals; Paul Ramsey of Lansdale, drums and percussion; Thomas Hyatt of Elkins Park, bass; and Chris Buzby of Lansdale; keyboards and backing vocals.

"We've done a bunch of good cabaret (Chestnut, Ambler) shows. Now we'll see what we can do on a bigger level," said Kull.

"Our job is to put on a great show and have some fun," said Buzby.

The band is currently in and out of Forge Studios in Phoenixville hard at work on their second album, Suffocating The Bloom and are looking at a late fall release. And also look for Winterthru, described as a sentimental Christmas record geared towards radio. The song's lyrics mention various local sites.

The Philadelphia Music Alliance recently chose Echolyn, along with The Rival Suns and Cutaway as Philadelphia's top bands. The bands were recently spotlighted at the Chestnut Cabaret.

Upcoming Echolyn dates include The Barn on August 22, Sweeney's on August 26 and the 19th Hole on August 29.

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