Unsigned Act Of The Week: Echo Raptors

Rock ‘n’ rollin Belfast 4-piece, Echo Raptors, have come up with their best songs to date while gigging around London, Liverpool and Belfast at the start of the year, and are now they’re back with new double A-side single: Real Live Wire/BackSeat.  Both tracks come up with driving drums and some enviable guitar riffs to get your heart pumping, and certainly deserve equal playing time on the decks!

Real Live Wire starts off with some filthy guitar distortion with a stirring drumbeat, which suddenly crashes in with a crazy guitar riff reminiscent of fellow Northern Irish indie rockers, Ash.  More early Britpop comparisons come in the form of lead singer Philip Rainey’s voice sounding like a young Brett Anderson of Suede mixed with the angst of Liam Gallagher. You can’t listen to this song and not imagine jumping up and down going crazy for it. Echo Raptors really have the passion and energy and it totally comes through in their music.

Now to flip over our imaginary record and listen to ‘Backseat’, which luckily does not take the ‘backseat’ on this release (couldn’t resist…) Echo Raptors certainly made the right decision in a double A-side, as this track is possibly even better than the first. It opens up with a heavy bass line contrasted with a gentle guitar riff. This song takes a darker turn musically than Real Live Wire, sounding more like new bands, such as The Family Rain for the first half, then turning on its head with a more guitar-led, emotive vibe to end the song.


Echo Raptors’ Real Live Wire/Backseat launch party is taking place at the Menagerie Bar in Belfast on its release date – 6th June – and, if I were you, I wouldn’t miss out what promises to be a high-spirited, awesome, music-filled night. If you’re not lucky enough to be in Belfast, you can at least purchase it on iTunes on the same day!


Elli Brazzill

Mari Lane

Mari Lane

Editor, London. Likes: Kathleen Hanna, 6Music, live music in the sunshine. Dislikes: Sexism, pineapples, the misuse of apostrophes.