Formed in 1982 by school friends Brian Canham (vocals, guitars, and keyboards)
and Pierre Gigliotti (bass-synth) the band completed its lineup with
Anthony Argiro (drums) and Tony Lugton (keyboards).
Their first album Autumnal Park was an electronic / new romantic influenced
album that yielded the Australian singles "Listening", "Stranger in Me",
"Dancing Till Midnight", and "A Beat for You".
Their climb to success in the summer of 1984 was rapid, and
they quickly became the second biggest band in Australia after INXS.
"His Eyes", a track from their first album, received exposure overseas as it was
used in the movie Friday the 13th: A New Beginning.
There was a lineup change before their second album with Tony Lugton being
replaced by James Leigh, and another lineup change after the album was completed with Argiro being replaced by James's brother Vince.
Their second album, Love an Adventure (1986), was also a success with several
singles from that album topping the Australian charts including the title track,
"Don't Go", "Try", and "Living in a Dream". The album was re-released the
following year to include their remake of the Lipps, Inc. song "Funkytown",
which brought the group their biggest international success, reaching #6 on the
Billboard Hot 100 in the US and #8 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1987, as
well as spending 12 weeks at #1 in Australia from December 1986.
The overseas release of Love an Adventure featured a somewhat different track
listing which included re-mixed versions of 3 singles from Autumnal Park:
"Listening", "A Beat for You", and "Destination Unknown". These were remixed
to sound more rock-oriented, to better-match the other tracks on the album.
Brian Canham even re-recorded the vocals for a slicker sound to compliment
these rock remixes. Once again, the overseas version of Love an Adventure was
re-released to include the re-make of "Funkytown", replacing "Don't Go" in the
original track list.
In 1987, the band re-released "Listening" for the movie North Shore starring Nina
Peeples. Their third album, Race (1989), went further in the direction of pop rock
and metal. The album featured the Australian singles "Fooled Again",
"Over Tomorrow", "Eye of the Storm", and "Don't You Forget". The album
reached #32 on the ARIA chart and it seemed that the band's move to a more rock/metal genre had alienated a good portion of their established fanbase.
Pseudo Echo disbanded shortly after touring for Race in 1990.
Pseudo Echo reunited in March 1998, with Canham and Gigliotti joined by
Darren Danielson on drums and Tony Featherstone on keyboards (ex-The Badloves), they played sold-out venues across Australia reaffirming the bands popularity. In late 1999, Ben Grayson replaced Featherstone on keyboards.
In 2000 they released an EP titled Funkytown Y2K: RMX, with six new remixes of Funky Town.
In the same year they supported international artists Culture Club and
Village People. Pseudo Echo issued a double-CD Teleporter (2000), produced by
Brian Canham. Disc one featured four new tracks and five re-mixed tracks.
Disc two was a live performance, which featured all the tracks from
Autumnal Park except from the Shore, some tracks from "Love an Adventure"
and the rare B-side "In Their Time".
In 2006 Canham performed at the Countdown Spectacular along side an
impressive gathering of Australian musicians.
In May of 2012 Brian Canham reunited with former members Darren Danielson
& Ben Grayson, along with the addition of a brand new member Simon Rayner
(bass-synth, backing vocals)
2014 Pseudo Echo released their first album in 15 years. Ultraviolet was written
and produced by Brian Canham; the album is more of a throw back to their first
1984 release "Autumnal Park". Darker overtones of early Pseudo Echo
recording with a contemporary feel is what Brian has been working towards.
Constantly touring since 1998, Brian felt the time was right to release new material.
“We have been fortunate enough to have had massive support from our fans through
the Pledge crowd funding. This has enabled me to be completely immersed in the
writing and producing of this new album. I have reflected upon many of my life
experiences over the last decade with the lyric content, and hope people will relate
and connect with us.”
– Brian Canham
Toward the end of 2014 Pseudo Echo undertook another successful crowd-funding
campaign to enable them to travel to Hollywood, California to record a live album
at the infamous Viper Room on Sunset Strip. They recorded their performance
in January 2015 in front of a sold-out crowd.
Their 6th album "Live at the Viper Room" was released in June 2015.
PSEUDO ECHO continue to tour nationally with fans wanting more.