Echoed Illusions is a band from Sandy, Utah with a fusion of several styles including punk and hardcore with a slight progressive edge. They have recently recorded a full-length album called Beyond the Line with producer Gregg Hale at Lincoln Street Sound Studios, and many listeners might compare them favorably to Coheed and Cambria, Rush, or Saosin. Three of the four members of Echoed Illusions are LDS: Joel Clark, Michael Howell, and Takami Kowalski, and they currently have one member on a full-time mission for the Church, Matt Petrucci. Joel, Michael, and Takami recently got together to answer a few questions I sent to them, and they talk about their influences, their lineup changes, and the themes you can expect to hear in their songs.
Gregg Hale has been treated well by the music industry, having a chance to play with the British band Spiritualized and go on tour. Instead of resting on his laurels and forgetting about everyone else, he’s decided to help give back to the music community. He can be seen judging music shows in Salt Lake City and recording promising new upcoming bands. He’s a valuable resource for many musicians in Salt Lake. PS – he’s nice. And approachable. You heard me.