ECOTONIC, the new band featuring Jason Ebs — the former singer for original KISS drummer Peter Criss on the "Bad Boys of Kiss" tours — and ex-AC/DC drummer Chris Slade, will play its debut show to support its upcoming CD, "Electrified", on Saturday, March 3 at the San Diego Indie Music Fest III on the 29th St Indie Coffee Garden Stage from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The outside all-day event will boast 70 independent bands on seven stages and is produced by Champ Records and Say It Again Records.
ECOTONIC chose to debut at this event in hopes of attracting record industry types who can help sign the band to a major record deal, management, or publishing deal.
"We're really excited," says Ebs, "to come out of the box with such a killer lineup. I feel so fortunate to have been able to play with such drumming legends as Peter Criss and Chris Slade and to have Slade involved in our original band is simply awesome!"
Janea Chadwick Ebs and Jason Ebs have spent the last 1 1/2 years writing and recording the "Electrified" CD. After laying down all the tracks with a studio rhythm section, it was time to find the right live group to bring the songs to the next level.
"I saw Slade down at the NAMM Show in Anaheim again this year," says Ebs, "so I gave him a CD and mentioned to him that we were looking for a great drummer; we spoke a week later and solidified it!"
"Ecotone" by definition is "a place where two or more biological systems collide." To the band, Ecotonic is a description of the place "where two or more musical styles collide." Having elements of rock, folk, blues, and funk, ecotonic delivers anything from a wall of sound to the delicate simplicity of a guitar and vocal.
Additionally, a 'Tonic' is defined as a "medicine or other agent that restores or stimulates physical, mental, or emotional vigor." Therefore, 'Ecotonic' also represents a musical elixir for any ailments caused by the collision of biological systems.
ECOTONIC is currently in the studio recording its second full-length CD for a summer 2007 release. Ebs is recording and producing the acoustic-based CD to be called "Out of the Ashes" at the band's Los Angeles-based studio Kinky Organ Music. The CD will be released under their new record label World of Wishes Records (WOW).