MTV’s “Unplugged” series, featuring the likes of Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots and Nirvana, inspired legions of 1990s rock fans.
That includes the four men in Echo of Alt, a Scottsdale band that performs songs by Alice in Chains and Stone Temple Pilots.
“We don’t consider ourselves a cover band,” says drummer Randy Marchetti, a Moon Valley High School graduate. “Everything we do is to ensure that we are dialed in as note to note as possible. We wanted to honor the music more than just pay tribute to it.”
Playing an electric show at Desert Ridge Marketplace’s CB Live on Thursday, July 8, Echo of Alt has a multilevel goal. Besides honoring Alice in Chains and Stone Temple Pilots, the band wants to give fans a good time after COVID-19-induced quarantines.
“There’s a huge need for people to go out and live their lives again,” says singer Anthony Babien-Soto. “We’re so happy to allow people to do that again.
“We plan to go into this show with the mentality that we have to get people hyped up because everybody’s been cooped up.”
At Echo of Alt’s shows, Babien-Soto utilizes his vocal range to resurrect the stylings of Layne Staley and Scott Weiland. At the CB Live show, Echo of Alt will play two sets, one for each band. Recently added to the set list is “Piece of Pie,” “Dancing Days” and “Pretty Penny” by Stone Tempe Pilots. Alice in Chains fans will soon hear “Brother.”
“We try to pick set lists that have the hits and songs that fans may not remember but still like,” Babien-Soto says.
“The minute you hear ‘Nutshell,’ it gets you in the feels and is always a fun song to see the crowd react to. The other song we recently added is (Alice in Chains’) ‘Sludge Factory,’ which is a heavy-hitting song with a deep and dark meaning that always gets the crowd’s attention right away.”
Echo of Alt’s roots are deep in the talents of guitarist David Haverly of Phoenix and Marchetti. The duo started messing around with 1990s alternative rock and were particularly struck by the tragic deaths of Staley and Weiland.
“As we were piecing the band together, Alice in Chains and Stone Temple Pilots started sticking out to us,” says Marchetti, who is also joined in the band by bassist/backing vocalist Tom Michaels of Albuquerque.
“Then came the challenge of who could pull that off. Luckily with Anthony, and the time he put into those two voices, it came together.”
At CB Live, Echo of Alt hopes to reach new fans.
“We’re very proud of what we do, and our fans love it, but we’re always willing to play to new people,” Babien-Soto says.
“We are really hoping to see some new faces, and we hope people take away how accurately we portray these bands musically,” Marchetti adds.
Echo of Alt
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday, July 8
WHERE: CB Live, Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix