The music of East Coast Mainline
ECM have released three EPs to date, recorded at the Forum Music Centre, Darlington. The engineer was local musician/songwriter Chris Davison. We are very happy with the results. You can sample the tracks here and/or purchase them individually at 99p per track or either full EP for £3.99 through PayPal.
Cobalt Blue EP - Released 01/05/2016
The title track of our first EP is an original written by bass player Jont. Besides being a tale of unrequited love in a strange town at the end of a train journey, it was inspired by the distinctive blue/grey tiles that pave the back alleys of Darlington and surrounding areas. As you can see on this site the image has become a part of the band's visual persona and connects us to our local roots. For this reason perhaps the song has become a firm favourite with our Darlington audience.
The three covers that make up the remainder of this EP are all Rhythm & Blues standards performed in ECM style. Just google or YouTube these titles and (if you don't know already) you'll discover a long and illustrious history for each one.
Morning Train EP - Released 01/04/2017
Again the title track is one of Jont's (the other guys are writing too!!), featuring a driving bass line reminiscent of a rolling train and the story of a poor soul on a long journey which outcome is not revealed. With the name East Coast Mainline, the blues tradition of train journeys, and Darlington being the birthplace of trains what would you expect?
There is also a reworking of Cobalt Blue here just because we wanted to play it faster! The three covers on this release share the same illustrious credentials as those before mentioned and once again we feel we have adapted them to a cohesive style that is fast becoming ECMs trademark. We hope you enjoy.
Killing Time EP - Released 01/01/2018
This release concludes our 'Train Trilogy' of EPs. Someone travelling towards a destination with an uncertain outcome has been the theme, which is pretty much how ECM began.
As before, an original to open followed by Johnny Kidd, Eddie Cochran and the Animals - done 'proper' in ECM style we hope you agree!