ETCHES return with the much anticipated release of their 2nd single. ‘Ice Cream Dream Machine’ sees the Liverpool outfit, managed by Hattie Pearson (XFM), explore a more experimental sound while retaining the pop sensibilities which gained them initial popularity. Dealing with lyrical themes of modern-day alienation in a consumer driven world, the song’s abstract social commentary underscores an ominous yet strangely uplifting aesthetic. Their first demo ‘Let’s Move In’ dropped in October 2013 to a wealth of attention. The track gained airplay from XFM (as John Kennedy’s ‘X-Posure Hot One’), BBC Radio 1 Introducing and Amazing radio as well as a featured premiere on The Line Of Best Fit. They followed this demo with a much-praised cover of Marvin Gaye’s ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’ filmed live in session for Bido Lito! Magazine.
ETCHES released their debut single ‘The Charm Offensive’ on Feb 24th via CLUB.THE.MAMMOTH, playing to a sell out crowd for the single launch at The Sebright Arms in London. In the following weeks ‘The Charm Offensive’ premiered on The 405 and attracted press from NME and Q Magazine, as well as radio airplay on BBC Radio 1 Introducing, BBC 6Music and XFM. They also recorded a live session for BBC Radio Merseyside’s Introducing show with veteren producer Steve Levine (Culture Club, The Beach Boys)
A subsequent tour included shows at The Great Escape Festival, Kendal Calling, Liverpool Sound City, & Les Nuits Botanique in Brussels before the band returned to The Motor Museum in Liverpool to record the forthcoming single.
28th October @ Liverpool Music Week supporting The Antlers
14th Nov @ Soup Kitchen, Manchester supporting We Were Evergreen
15th Nov @ Bleach, Brighton supporting We Were Evergreen
18th Nov @ Islington Assembly Hall, London supporting We Were Evergreen
‘Ice Cream Dream Machine’ is released on October 13th via CLUB.THE.MAMMOTH https://soundcloud.com/etchesmusic/icecreamdreammachine
“A slow burning mix of electronica pulses, late-night drive textures and huge, anthemic hooks. Life in the slow lane is paying dividends for this excellent young band“ – Q Magazine
“At a time when the charts are packed with lite-weight house and guitar music feels evermore sidelined the group are making soaring, searing anthems” – Clash