Don't Kiss Her Face
The Echelons ... are a sort of modern day partridge family with a punk rock attitude, except for the fact that they do play their own instruments and write their own songs. They got their start back in 2005 when Louis Petrella then 8 years old got a hold of his sister Jessica's "American Idiot" album. After that he became a big Green Day fan, acquired all their albums and taught himself just about every one of their songs on guitar. "He started to want to jam every day" says his dad Ben( former guitarist for The Drive-Ins and bassist for King Neptune & Wally World).Pretty soon they formed a band just for the fun of it with the 20 something year old kids who lived across the street from them, Brian "Binger" Santo on bass and Brandon Grande on drums. They played a few gigs at The San Diego County Fair, Church fiestas and private parties and such. They also would play some of Jessica's originals with Jessica on vocals and keyboards. In early 2008 they finally got serious and decided to work on only originals and record an album, " Don't Kiss Her Face" and they're looking to start really gigging a lot and touring. "It keeps me young" says Ben. "The most joy in the world I get from playing music with my kids. And Binger and Brandon are just like part of the family now". They are a young band, after all the average age of the band is 25. Louis helps that out a lot. Their music is a blend of styles like Alannis Morrissett meets The Stones meets The Ramones. Between Jessica's piano oriented ballads to the more harder punkier songs that Louis sings, to the rockin' blues licks that their old man Ben plays, they cover some ground. "Jessica is a true artist" says Ben. "Besides from being quite a ballerina, she also loves to paint." She got her first taste of the limelight when she was 12 and cast as Dorothy in The Coast Kids Production of "The Wizard Of Oz". She also started writing songs at that age. Two of them, "World Of Her Own" and "My Best Friend" are on the album. But now at the age of 18 in 2008 and with the help of her dad Ben and Brother Louis on guitars and Binger and Brandon in the rhythm section, she is looking forward to bringing her music to the world.