IO ECHO is Ioanna Gika and Leopold Ross, who are set to play a string of UK shows this month. The pair are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album which combines grand songs with unique textures such as Japanese koto harps and Chinese violins, the band have created towering tracks with a distinctive sound early listeners have been calling "New Orientalism." Their unique blend of pop melodies, dark 90’s industrial influences, and far eastern elements caught the attention of early admirers such as Florence and The Machine, TV on The Radio, The Drums, and The Big Pink (for whom Leopold also plays bass) who each offered the band recent high-profile support slots on their tours.Perhaps most notably, Io Echo were hand picked by Trent Reznor to open for Nine Inch Nails at the band’s last ever tour show.
They have recently composed the score to the Harmony Korine + James Franco film “Rebel” and have written original music for the 2012 feature film Snow White and The Huntsman starring Charlize Theron for which they will perform at the world premiere in London this May. Their unique, genre pioneering style, both musical and visual have tastemakers proclaiming them as ones to watch. Their hometown of Los Angeles is buzzing that in timeio echo could take their place next to The Cure, Cocteau Twins, and PJ Harvey. Not bad for a band who has never released an official album.
May 12 BRIGHTON Great Escape Festival @ Green Door Store Trafalgar Arches Lower Goods Yard, Brighton BN1 4FQ
May 16 LONDON Barfly 49 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AN Ticketline: 0844 847 2424
May 17 LONDON Birthdays 33-35 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BJ Nearest tube: Dalston Junction / Dalston Kingsland FREE