Origin: Melbourne (Australia)
|Brian Canham - Pierre Gigliotti - James Leigh - Vince Leigh|
Race - 1989 (with lyrics)
- Formed in 1982 by school friends Brian Canham (vocals, guitars, and keyboards) and Pierre Gigliotti (bass-synth) the band completed its lineup with Anthony Argiro (drums) and Tony Lugton (keyboards).
Their first album Autumnal Park was an electronic / new romantic influenced album that yielded the Australian singles "Listening", "Stranger in Me", "Dancing Till Midnight", and "A Beat for You".
Their climb to success in the summer of 1984 was rapid, and they quickly became the second biggest band in Australia after INXS. "His Eyes", a track from their first album, received exposure overseas as it was used in the movie Friday the 13th: A New Beginning.
There was a lineup change before their second album with Tony Lugton being replaced by James Leigh, and another lineup change after the album was completed with Argiro being replaced by James's brother Vince.
Their second album, Love an Adventure (1986), was also a success with several singles from that album topping the Australian charts including the title track, "Don't Go", "Try", and "Living in a Dream". The album was re-released the following year to include their remake of the Lipps, Inc. song "Funkytown", which brought the group their biggest international success, reaching #6 on the
Billboard Hot 100 in the US and #8 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1987, as well as spending 12 weeks at #1 in Australia from December 1986.
The overseas release of Love an Adventure featured a somewhat different track listing which included re-mixed versions of 3 singles from Autumnal Park: "Listening", "A Beat for You", and "Destination Unknown". These were remixed to sound more rock-oriented, to better-match the other tracks on the album. Brian Canham even re-recorded the vocals for a slicker sound to compliment
these rock remixes. Once again, the overseas version of Love an Adventure was re-released to include the re-make of "Funkytown", replacing "Don't Go" in the original track list.
In 1987, the band re-released "Listening" for the movie North Shore starring Nina Peeples. Their third album, Race (1989), went further in the direction of pop rock and metal. The album featured the Australian singles "Fooled Again", "Over Tomorrow", "Eye of the Storm", and "Don't You Forget". The album reached #32 on the ARIA chart and it seemed that the band's move to a more rock/metal genre had alienated a good portion of their established fanbase. Pseudo Echo disbanded shortly after touring for Race in 1990.
Pseudo Echo reunited in March 1998, with Canham and Gigliotti joined by Darren Danielson on drums and Tony Featherstone on keyboards (ex-The Badloves), they played sold-out venues across Australia reaffirming the bands popularity. In late 1999, Ben Grayson replaced Featherstone on keyboards. In 2000 they released an EP titled Funkytown Y2K: RMX, with six new remixes of Funky Town. In the same year they supported international artists Culture Club and Village People. Pseudo Echo issued a double-CD Teleporter (2000), produced by Brian Canham. Disc one featured four new tracks and five re-mixed tracks. Disc two was a live performance, which featured all the tracks from
Autumnal Park except from the Shore, some tracks from "Love an Adventure" and the rare B-side "In Their Time".
In 2006 Canham performed at the Countdown Spectacular along side an impressive gathering of Australian musicians.
In May of 2012 Brian Canham reunited with former members Darren Danielson & Ben Grayson, along with the addition of a brand new member Simon Rayner (bass-synth, backing vocals)
2014 Pseudo Echo released their first album in 15 years. Ultraviolet was written and produced by Brian Canham; the album is more of a throw back to their first 1984 release "Autumnal Park". Darker overtones of early Pseudo Echo recording with a contemporary feel is what Brian has been working towards. Constantly touring since 1998, Brian felt the time was right to release new material.
“We have been fortunate enough to have had massive support from our fans through the Pledge crowd funding. This has enabled me to be completely immersed in the writing and producing of this new album. I have reflected upon many of my life experiences over the last decade with the lyric content, and hope people will relate and connect with us.”
– Brian Canham
Toward the end of 2014 Pseudo Echo undertook another successful crowd-funding campaign to enable them to travel to Hollywood, California to record a live album at the infamous Viper Room on Sunset Strip. They recorded their performance in January 2015 in front of a sold-out crowd.
Their 6th album "Live at the Viper Room" was released in June 2015. -