Ah, the start of the working week. No, wait – it’s a day off! So you have plenty of time to check out today’s Band of the Day, Echo 2 Locate…
Rhiannon Neagle: I met Mike after auditioning and being accepted into a band that he had been in. After Mike and I left the band to create Echo 2 Locate, we went through auditioning people and eventually came across Clarke and Will off of Bandmix.
How long have you been playing as a band?
Rhiannon Neagle: Mike and I have been playing as Echo 2 Locate for almost two years now. Our newest members, Clarke and Will have been in the band for about 1 year.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Rhiannon Neagle: The band’s name has always been and will always be Echo 2 Locate. The name came from the word echolocation. We decided to play off of it and came up with Echo 2 Locate. For us, it means that whenever you feel lost or you’re trying to find yourself and where your heart resides, to just listen for the sound to guide you. The number 2 represents how the band started with just me and Mike and us just being determined to make our dreams a reality.
What are your influences?
Mike Pritchett: Killswitch Engage, MXPX, Slick Shoes
Will Servary: Breaking Benjamin, Foo Fighters, Sick Puppies
Rhiannon Neagle: Nirvana, Highly Suspect, Green Day
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Clarke Hildreth: All four of us bring different things to the table, which naturally gives us a unique sound. As a result our music has many influences ranging from alternative rock, to pop-punk, grunge, and metal.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Rhiannon Neagle: Overall, I tend to speak on self reflection and I kind of almost always land on this theme of “It’s okay to not be okay”. For our upcoming album the lyrics are going to be very raw, honest and outspoken and a use different vocabulary that I have never previously used in lyrics.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Rhiannon Neagle: We make our live shows a true concert. We bring a mass amount of energy to the stage and get our crowds as hyped as possible. We have played a lot of shows as Echo 2 Locate and it may be too many for us to recall and count at this point.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play /etc.?
Rhiannon Neagle: I use a Billie Joe Signature Les Paul JR. with a Marshall amplifier on stage. I also use a shure sm58 microphone with shure in ear monitors.
Mike Pritchett: I use Ludwig drums, Sabian cymbals, Evans heads and Pearl pedals. I also use Vic Firth sticks.
Will Servary: I use an Epiphone Thunderbird pro bass. I also use a Bugera Veyron with a 210 and a 115 cabinet. As for my pedals, I use a Darkglass X7 and a Hyper Luminal compression pedal.
Clarke Hildreth: I play a Gibson Les Paul Standard, and I combine an Alesis Preamp with a Fender Blues Jr for my tone.
What are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Rhiannon Neagle: Definitely the music video for our new single “HIGH” and our EP as a whole Calling Out. We also have a show coming up where we are opening up for the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Alesana.
What are your plans for 2019?
Rhiannon Neagle: We plan to record our very first album, play new shows, release new singles, and music videos. This year is going to be RAD for Echo 2 Locate.
If you were second on a three band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you?
Mike Pritchett: I would love to open for MCR if they were still together and have any band that we think is good and could bring energy to the table open up for us.
What do each of you like to do on a night off when you aren’t working or playing music?
Will Servary: We watch really bad cheesy horror movies together like Toxic Shark and Jason X. We do a lot of random things together. We still, to this day, haven’t been able to figure out the expiration dates to unboxed hot pockets.
Clarke Hildreth: It’s hard to catch me spending a night where I’m not playing my guitar. But I do like to have a night out with friends, whether it be going downtown or seeing a Nationals game. As a band, we all hang out with each other pretty frequently, as we’re all very close.