IO ECHO + Garbage playing the Electric Factory tonight

Published on March 23rd, 2013

IO ECHO Philadelphia

Tonight (Saturday, 3/23), the Electric Factory will play host to 90’s rock icons Garbage, along with an opening set by IO ECHO, a quickly up-and-coming genre-blending chick & dude duo based in Los Angeles.

IO ECHO is the project of Ioanna Gika and Leopold Ross. Their music could potentially be labeled somewhere in between ‘Grunge Goth’ and ‘New Orientalism,’ but it’s their creative, unique blend of haze-pop, darker 90’s influences and Eastern Oriental elements that has garnered notice from many high profile musicians. In the past few short years, IO ECHO has toured with and opened for artists such as Florence + the Machine, TV On The Radio, Bloc Party and No Doubt. One of the their biggest opportunities came when Trent Reznor personally chose them to open for Nine Inch Nails’ final concert.

The duo is currently working on a follow-up LP to last October’s eponymous debut EP. Their shows are reputedly distinctive, utilizing instruments such as Japanese kotos and sporting custom made holographic kimonos by Jeremy Scott.

It’s been almost a decade since Garbage stopped in Philadelphia on their previous world tour, so naturally Philly fans will likely rally hard on the rare occasion. Garbage is a group of four Wisconsin alt rockers who have been creating together since 1994 (with a two year hiatus between 2008 and 2010). The group’s eponymous 1995 debut LP launched them into prominence very quickly, selling over 4 million copies and being certified double platinum in the UK, USA and Australia.

On May 14, 2012, Garbage released their fifth studio album after a six year hiatus from recording. Not Your Kind of People debuted as that week’s #1 Billboard US Alternative Album and reached #13 on the Billboard 200 as well. They’ve embarked on a massive year-long world tour in support of the album, playing in 120 cities.

Tickets for tonight’s show are still available online here for $49 (including service fees). If you’d like to avoid that, the Electric Factory’s box office is open Monday thru Saturday from 12:00PM – 6:00PM, but on show nights it remains open until the headliner takes the stage.

Here are a few IO ECHO music videos to get you in the mood for the show (come early, they’re worth it!). The songs are beautiful and the videos are tranquilly trippy; I’m looking forward to seeing all of these elements combine live on stage tonight.




PureVolume has posted a great track-by-track commentary from IO ECHO themselves, check out their thoughts on each song from the EP here.

And of course, a classic from Garbage’s 2005 album Bleed Like Me



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