Denver-based industrial duo Echo Beds began as a one-off live set played in a local warehouse in 2010. Sensing immediately that they’d only scratched the surface of their potential, the duo (comprised of Keith Curtis and Tom Nelsen) began experimenting with hand-built instruments and manufactured sounds—such as recordings of broken glass and a metal filing cabinet—in order to explore and interpret the sounds of industry as a sonic landscape.
Their forthcoming sophomore full-length album, ‘Buried Language’ – due out August 17th on The Flenser – should be viewed as a kind of exorcism steeped in metaphor and brimming with social commentary. The album title references widespread overnight evictions and boarded-up rehearsal spaces/ DIY venues across the country; it deals with a lack of transparency, and is the culmination of all the heartbreak, frustration, grief and rage and the cyclical nature of DIY space closures. Left to our own devices, we start over in a new underground.
This inspiration stemmed from incidents in December of 2016, when Echo Beds suddenly found themselves locked out of their rehearsal space. Their gear was being held hostage as city officials all over the country cracked down on unsanctioned artist collectives and the various DIY structures where many outsider creators lived and worked. This weighed heavily on the duo, who spent the next 8 months experimenting and writing the material what would become ‘Buried Language’ in their living rooms. Deprived of their usual tools, Echo Beds was forced to improvise using unfamiliar electronics and various cobbled together devices in order to flesh out the embryonic ideas. With the plight of their colleagues fresh in their minds, these new working conditions served to shape the industrial landscape of ‘Buried Language’.
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