Mass Echo is a post modern visionary rock band which resides in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. In the current, it is the creative expression between Michael David Stricker, Sebastian John Jurowski and Caleb Cromb.
Mass Echo began as an idea sometime in 2006 between Mike and Sebastian. The two first met in the mid 80’s on a school playground, five years after Sebastian had sailed in from Poland. Literally. Though musically linked since 1996, the definitive inception began in 2006. FastForward. In early ’06 Mike had set up a studio in his dining room. Using Pro Tools LE and other acquired musical gear and instruments, they immersed themselves in the art of writing and recording. All of 07/08 was spent in the studio.
In a span of two years Mass Echo ended up tracking 30 plus songs. For the direction and vision of “O b l i v i o n” (79 min.), they would choose 15 of those soundscapes. Michael (vocals/guitars) would also end up playing all the drums, bass, and keys on the album. Sebastian (guitars) would pitch in on organs and pianos. Both are vision and idea men. Along with the standard instruments used to record a rock record, they would end up using things found around the house to add extraordinary textures to their sculpture.
After six months of mixing their near 80 minute opus, they brought the 15 songs to the Joao Carvalho Mastering Studio in Toronto, Ontario. The final engineering/mastering would be done by Joao Carvalho himself.
The result of their first offering is musical, somewhere between old and new. Think of a gypsy caravan visiting a space carnival. Multi-instruments wind you through compositions of rhythms, moods, emotions, twists & turns, colours, and a nod to the subconcious.
Insert Caleb Cromb (bass). A long time friend of the two, Caleb decided he would jump on board in September of 2008, after posting a weird e-mail on the bands MySpace page. It read “I like tomatoes”. The band responded by saying “We’re more into Bruschetta”, a more complex variety of tomatoes. This inspired a long awaited reunion between the three Renaissance men. Everything clicked with Caleb from day one. He brought an element that Mass Echo needed to push the vision forward. Creativity, amazing bass playing, technical wizardry, like mindedness and an overall good soul.
By the time you read this, Mass Echo will already be preparing to support
“O b l i v i o n” live, and tracking for the second and third albums. There is a wealth of material that the world needs to hear. Does anyone need a breath of fresh air?