Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ The Echo Friendly

The Echo FriendlyBrooklyn duo The Echo Friendly is comprised of best friends and ex-lovers Jake Rabinbach and Shannon Esper. The band recently released a new video for their track Supplies For Arson, taken from their forthcoming debut record. To find out what The Echo Friendly has in store on the creative front, we caught up with them and spoke about wanting to be on Nashville, inappropriate comments, and the forthcoming debut LP.

AMBY: Hello The Echo Friendly, thanks for speaking with us today. What have you been up to lately?

Jake: Listening to outtakes from Elvis’s 1969 Memphis sessions at American Studios.

Shannon: Reading Morrissey’s autobiography.

AMBY: How would you describe each other in one word?

Jake: It’s pretty tough to describe someone you have known peripherally since childhood who is now at the center of your emotional and creative life in a word

Shannon: Persistent.

AMBY: How was your New York CMJ experience?

Shannon: Pretty chill.

Jake: The guys we recorded our album with in Memphis flew up to play with us which was really fun.  We played a couple small shows and did some recording that week.  James Brown used to make his band go into the studio directly after playing all night on stage because that’s when they were at their tightest.  I don’t make anyone do anything but we all agreed it would be fun to record after rehearsing and playing a bunch.

AMBY: Your forthcoming debut LP is due for release in Spring 2014. What will it be titled?

The Echo Friendly: Love Panic.

AMBY: Which songs off the album are your favourites?

Shannon: “Fuck it and Whatever”

Jake: Which is the last song on the record.

AMBY: What inspired the video for Supplies for Arson?

Shannon: This ok cupid date I went on.

Jake: That I ended up witnessing.  I totally misread the situation and started a dumb fight.

AMBY: Your song Same Mistakes was featured in HBO’s Girls last year. If you could choose to have your music featured in any movie or show, which would you choose?

Shannon: We just really wanna be on Nashville.

AMBY: Which bands from Brooklyn should we keep our eyes on?

The Echo Friendly: Samson the Truest and Tiger High who are actually from Memphis.

AMBY: What is the most inappropriate thing you have ever said or worn?

Jake: Once in pre-kindergarten I told my classmate (who recently found me on Facebook) that I was “freezing my ass off” because that’s how my dad would say he was cold.  I didn’t know it was a bad word and the girl told on me and I was given a time out.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Echo Friendly that nobody knows yet?

Jake: 70% of our songs.


Thank you The Echo Friendly, for giving us your answers!

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