Ekko Park – An Interview with Joe Walsh
Ekko Park delivers its unique edge to rock n roll with an honesty & energy that has seen them develop a passionate following in their home country and has taken them to Europe where they continue to enjoy huge success on commercial rock radio.
The first single from the album All Eyes On Me is out now and features guest vocalist Grant Nicholas of Welsh indie rock giants Feeder.
Wal Reid chatted with Joe Walsh about the singles video revealing the songs conception and evolvement as the video was made.
The music video, featuring references to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, was directed and conceptualised by Alex Hargreaves (Ekko Park’s guitarist) and filmed & edited by Kwasnik Pictures. Kwasnik Pictures alongside Alex are most well known for being the team behind the Alien Weaponry video Kai Tangata, that has over 7 million youtube views.
Vocalist, Joe Walsh says of the track; “ ‘All Eyes On Me’ was a reaction to me sitting in an airport bar and watching the very same news story being played out on four very different networks ….four different tv screens….four different truths….and every eye in the bar transfixed….
I felt like an extra in Black Mirror or a living breathing Orwell novel….”
Ekko Park released their debut album Tomorrow Tomorrow Today in 2013 and it received a nomination for Best Rock Album at the 2014 New Zealand Music Awards. Their second album Know Hope was released in 2015 and debuted at #13 on the NZ Album Chart.
Probable Cause from the album went to #1 on the Official Italian Rock Radio Airplay Chart while Validation peaked at #3. The band continue to receive substantial and continual support from over 200 radio stations across Europe exposing them to over 100 million listeners!
They’ve played sold-out tours of NZ, headlined tours of the UK, Ireland & Italy, supported major international touring acts including Seether, The Living End and Simple Plan as well as playing major New Zealand festivals including Rhythm & Vines and Homegrown.
In 2017 they released the single, Going Uptown and now in 2020 they are preparing to make a huge impact with Horizon.
Horizon was recorded at the legendary Roundhead Studios in Auckland with producer Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, Bullet for my Valentine), mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Pixies, Biffy Clyro) and mastered by Ryan Smith (AC/DC , Greta Van Fleet).