Echo Palace: Vinyl LP
Iguana Death Cult

Echo Palace: Vinyl LP

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Label: Innovative Leisure
Release Date: 12th May

You get the idea with Iggy Death Cult with one hit, it's that freewheeling post punk garage rock that jerks your head on impact. It's rabble rousing, it's direct, angular but with that euphoric feeling that the train may come off the track at any point. BANGING.

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After the pandemic hit, and the people of the world grew wary and suspicious of one another, Iguana Death Cult, one of Europe's most exciting rock exports, became more than just a band to its members--it became therapy - "I think for the first ten times we went to jam," says guitarist/vocalist Tobias Opschoor, speaking about the making of the new album Echo Palace, "we just drank wine and talked about it for hours--and then were like, 'OK, I have to go because I have to work tomorrow
Taking place at frontman Jeroen Reek's apartment in Rotterdam, these gatherings slowly shifted from talking about this surreal chapter of their lives--the days of quiet streets and cramped buildings--to making music about it.
Armed with the talents of Justin Boer on bass and Arjen van Opstal on drums, and tapping the keys work Jimmy de Kok for the first time on album, the band took their trademark melodic garage-rock style and expanded it to make it vibier and looser, with each member contributing ideas to develop the sound palette in full. When it came time to record the album, the band headed to PAF Studio in Rotterdam, and subsequently it was mixed by Joo- Joo Ashworth (Sasami, Dummy) at Studio 22 in Los Angeles and mastered by Dave Cooley (Tame Impala, Yves Tumor).
The album is a big swing, stretching Iguana Death Cult beyond its garage rock origins and taking them to a new realm. The end result of Echo Palace is an appropriately worldly album from a group breaking past the confines of its home country.

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