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I was fortunate to see ECC play a lot of these new songs at SXSW this year. If you haven't seen them live make plans to do so post haste. Their energy and talent is incredible. On top of that, they are great people! Lots of hard work went into is album . If you are new to ECC, make sure to check out the rest of their work as well. This band deserves to be heard by the masses.


I was lucky enough to see Eastern Conference Champions open for Cursive in 2007 and picked up their first EP a few months before their debut album Ameritown was released. So I have been lucky enough to see this band grow and have had time to let each new release sink in.

To give you an idea of where I rank this band, in 2007 Radiohead released "In Rainbows" and Eastern Conference Champions released "Ameritown". They were both tied with Arcade Fire's "Neon Bible" for my favorite album of the year. I love all 3 of those albums. They were the kind of albums I couldn't stop listening to. When Ameritown came out I was visiting San Fransisco to see he Smashing Pumpkins reunion. I remember sitting in the car not wanting to turn off the album, even though I was on my way to see the Smashing Pumpkins play at the Fillmore. On my 6hr drive back to LA I listened to that album on a loop and then basically continued that pattern for at least a month.

Last year (2010) Arcade Fire release their Grammy winning album, "The Suburbs". It's a well deserved award. I listened to that album on a loop for months as well. Radiohead and Eastern Conference Champions took 4 years to follow up their 2007 releases. Radiohead's "King of Limbs" which was a collection of songs too short to really call an album and lacking the brilliance we've come to expect from Radiohead was a huge let down for me and most of my friends who love the band. I thought 4 years would bring more than 8 songs that even after a 9th or 10th listen don't do a thing for me.

What was worth the 4 year wait however, is Eastern Conference Champions sophomore release. They haven't exactly been idle during these last 4 years, releasing several fantastic EP's, but their recently released "Speak-Ahh", is looking to be my favorite album of 2011, which is saying a lot since at least 4 other of my very favorite bands have already released albums this year. But Speak-ahh is the first great album of 2011. I was instantly in love with the album after the first listen and have listened to it at least 10 times in the first 3 days I've owned it and don't see myself growing tired of it any time soon.

Speak-Ahh has catchy melodies, hard hitting drums, slick guitar work and most importantly, great memorable songs that rock and still have heart. ECC has a way of giving you a song you want to jump around and dance to and then following it with one that gives you chills with the sincerity and vulnerability exposed in singer Josh Ostrander's voice and lyrics. Guitarist Melissa Dougherty doesn't only know how to play rock'n roll licks on her guitar, but she also manages to capture the emotion of a song and create ambient guitar tracks that feel like an entire orchestra is playing. Drummer Greg Lyons, simply put, is one of the best drummers alive. So few bands have drummers that have a style so intricate to the songs; but I find myself loving snare hits and whatever he's doing with the tambourine in that one part... Lyons' beats don't just keep a steady rhythm, they create and build the emotion of the song and are essential to what you love about ECC's songs. This band is ridiculously talented and I suggest buying Speak-ahh and everything else they sell. They are self released, so you're not sending money to a record label, but directly to the artist. And if you get a chance: see them live!


ECC does it this and all the other albums now so you too can say you knew them just before they hit it big. I've never seen a band so comitted to not only creating incredible, well thought out music while staying so grounded despite their recent successes. This album is a great representation of what ECC is about...rockers who can really kick it, but sound even better when things slow down.

I was fortunate to see them in Detroit back in 2008(??) when they were opening for Ozma. Went right home and bought every song I could...that's how impressive and professional they are. Fortunately, their next album came out a month later (still in heavy rotation on my iPod).

If you get a chance, make sure you catch them on their current tour with The Limousines and Neon can you go wrong with a show like that??


Formed: 2004 in Bucks County, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Punk-pop, pure pop, and a wry sense of humor all meet in the sound of Eastern Conference Champions, a three-man band from Bucks County, Pennsylvania with a serious alt-rock pedigree. Vocalist/keyboardist Josh Ostrander and drummer Greg Lyons were longtime friends and members of the band Laguardia, who released an album on Universal in 2003 before crumbling. The two spent 2004 with menial day jobs while working on new music at night. Two years later they were ready to take their music to the people...
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