The Echelons

Jessica Petrella: Keyboards, Vocals | Louis Petrella: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Keyboards, Vocals | Ben Petrella: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Brian "Binger" Santo: Bass guitar, Vocals | Brandon Grande: Drums

Genre: Rock

Sound description: The group says its music sounds "like Alanis Morrissette meets the Stones meets the Ramones."

RIYL: X, the Pixies

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Inception: Encinitas, 2008

Influences: Green Day, Alanis Morrissette, the Rolling Stones, the Ramones, Missy Higgins, Queens of the Stone Age


The Echelons story begins in 2005, when 8 year-old Louis Petrella got hold of an album belonging to his sister Jessica, Green Day’s American Idiot. He learned the songs on guitar and started jamming with sister and his father Ben Petrella, former guitarist for the Drive-Ins and bassist for King Neptune and Wally World.

Jessica Petrella - 18 in 2008 - 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. The siblings joined together with their dad to form the Echelons, who released their album Don’t Kiss Her Face in 2008.


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