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Space out with the Nova Echo

Article Published: Jan. 13, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Space out with the Nova Echo

The Nova Echo performs Jan. 28 at Legends in Boone.

It's pop you can see in your telescope. Sort of.

The Nova Echo (Caleb Hanks, Evan Bradford, Will Arledge, Lee Brooks, Matt Hixon and Travis Moss) brings space-age electronica to your eardrums.

"It's like electronic-rock-pop," guitarist Evan Bradford said. "It's all kind of themed around space and futuristic type stuff."

And, as obsessed as they are with their music, they're arguably just as obsessed with outer space.
"We actually have joked around about being the first band to play in space," he said.

What's the fascination? Is it "Battlestar Galactica" reruns? Hardly. Bradford and company are entranced by the blackness itself.

"There so much unknown about it," Bradford said. "It's just so huge and vast.

And it's not just in the lyrics. Frontman Caleb Hanks has developed a whole spacy story.

"We try to make a cohesive image," Bradford said, one that he hopes comes across both in the music and on stage.

The group started here on Earth, specifically Asheville in 2008, though four of its members have been playing together since high school.

"We all feel like this is the way it's supposed to be," Bradford said.

And their sci-fi obsession isn't just about spaceships.

The group frequently stints at vampire conventions. That's right, vampire conventions, or I-Cons.
Think "Twilight" and "True Blood" aficionados.

But they don't dress up.

"But we did attend a vampire ball," he laughed. "That's always interesting."

But their music is anything but fiction. It's electric, it's poppy, and it's here on Planet Earth, specifically at Legends on the Appalachian State University campus Friday, Jan. 28. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $4 for students in advance and $6 at the door and for guests. BYOB, 6-pack limit with ID. Check out for a preview.

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