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Debuting ’93 with EP ‘Bellyache’ to a gushing press and sold out shows, ECHOBELLY‘s subsequent single ‘Insomniac’ and album ‘Everyone’s Got One’ hit No.8. Madonna wanted them for her Maverick label and Radiohead asked them to be tour openers. Follow-up album, ‘On’, went worldwide with successful tours of the planet.
Madan’s lyrics often ventured into the darker side of life, such as gang culture in King of the Kerb. “I wanted to challenge myself as a lyricist on a different level” she said in Rolling Stone. “I want people to tell me what they thought the lyrics are about. I’m not a politician. I’m not interested in changing everybody around me. I’m interested in myself”.
While many of the songs lamented the state of things, others celebrated the endless possibilities of the human spirit. In Great Things, Madan sang “I want to do great things/I don’t want to compromise/I want to know what love is/I want to know everything.” The album’s mostly optimistic feel contrasted with its serious subject matter. As one journalist wrote, “Both music and lyrics examine the tension between order and liberty”.
Listeners in the UK responded favourably, driving three singles in to the Top 30 and UK sales of the album topped 180,000.
After the maelstrom years of Britpop success for the band with a death, drugs, theft and high court injunctions, Glenn and Sonya came through the storm to a time of reflection, re-positioning and reality: Where to go from here when the desire to write songs is stronger than ever but the business has changed considerably? Back to what you once knew…
And that’s exactly what they did with a handful of acoustic shows in 2010 and two acoustic mini albums in 2011 and 2012, which led to plans for a full album.
Before that could happen, however, Sonya and Glenn longed again for the full-band experience and in 2015 Echobelly was resurrected. With a new-look line-up in place, a live show at London’s Scala sold out. Fans said it was one of the best ever and this response convinced them to return!
And now they’ve returned with a vengeance! With that new album, ANARCHY AND ALCHEMY, planned for release May 2017 already with heavy radio play and acclaim.
ECHOBELLY ARE BACK!!