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A MOOD-ENHANCING, HALLUCINOGENIC EXPERIENCE: EKKSTACY’S 2024 HEADLINE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Ekkstacy, the rising star from Canada’s alternative-pop scene, delivered an electrifying and transcending performance that left the audience spellbound and craving more. Taking the stage at The Bowery Ballroom to a sold-out venue, Ekkstacy commanded attention from the moment he appeared, showcasing his undeniable talent and magnetic stage presence for fans both new and old in his newfound hometown of the Lower East Side. 


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Hailing from the vibrant music scene of Vancouver, British Columbia, Khyree Zienty, professionally known as EKKSTACY, is a fast-rising indie rock artist whose sonic explorations delve deep into the realms of post-punk, surf-rock, and shoegaze. With the announcement of his self-titled album released just this past January via Dine Alone Records, EKKSTACY introduces fans to a new chapter in his musical journey, marked by introspection, maturity, and sonic experimentation. 


EKKSTACY’s self-titled album serves as an autobiographical reflection, offering listeners a glimpse into the highs and lows of his life as a musician, the solitude of creating art, and the cathartic release found in touring. Recorded in collaboration with frequent partners Magnetsu and Apob during breaks from touring and festival appearances over the past two years, including a memorable debut at Lollapalooza, the album showcases the artist’s evolution while retaining the raw energy and urgency that defined EKKSTACY’s earlier works. 


Under the guidance of renowned mixer Chris Coady, known for his work with Beach House, Future Islands, and The Drums, EKKSTACY’s sound has evolved into a dynamic fusion of post-punk grit, jangly surf-rock melodies, and expansive shoegaze textures. His songwriting, anchored by resolute solemnity, explores a wider spectrum of emotion, from reflective introspection to the depths of despair.


Teasing the album’s release were two singles, “bella” and “i can’t find anyone.” “bella” introduces listeners to a mysterious love interest through a lively blend of surf and garage rock influences, while “i can’t find anyone” delves into a darker territory, capturing the feeling of spiraling into despair with haunting intensity. These tracks exemplify the multifaceted nature of EKKSTACY’s self-titled LP, promising a captivating and immersive experience both recorded and live. 


From the first notes of his exaggerated introduction, it was clear that EKKSTACY was here to captivate and entertain. Backed by a tight band and a pulsating rhythm section, EKKSTACY effortlessly transitioned between infectious pop melodies and soulful ballads, demonstrating his versatility as an artist. 


EKKSTACY’s vocals soared with power and emotion, captivating the audience with every note and even insinuating a small mosh pit that stayed alive throughout the entire setlist. Whether he was belting out anthemic choruses or delivering intimate, heartfelt verses, his voice commanded attention and left a lasting impression on all who were lucky enough to witness it. 


But it wasn’t just EKKSTACY’s vocal prowess that impressed – it was his stage presence and charisma that truly stole the show. With boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm, he danced across the stage, along the length and width of it to the beat and rhythm of the music, engaging with the crowd and creating an atmosphere of pure joy and excitement. Compelling the audience even further, in the middle of his set, EKKSTACY turned out all the lights in The Bowery Ballroom and requested absolute silence from the crowd before occupying his acoustic guitar for an intimate symphony of acoustic ballads with only him and his guitarist consuming the stage. The audience was under EKKSTACY’s spell for the handful of intimate tracks, allowing his voice to echo through the eerily silent concert hall, transforming the sold-out space into a personal performance for every single person standing in general admission, all the way to the balconies. 


Highlights of the night included fan favorites such as “i wish you were pretty on the inside'' and “i walk this earth all by myself” which had the audience singing at the top of their lungs and dancing along with every beat, some even emulating the moves of EKKSTACY on stage with boasting smiles. Even so, it was during the quiet moments, such as the hauntingly beautiful “in love,” that EKKSTACY’s talent truly shone, showcasing his ability to connect with audiences on a deeper emotional level. 


Throughout the concert, EKKSTACY’s genuine love for his craft was evident, as he poured his heart and soul into every performance. His passion was infectious, spreading throughout the venue like a fatal virus and leaving a lasting impression on all who were fortunate enough to be in attendance for his first-ever U.S. headline performance in Manhattan. 


As the final notes of the night faded away, the crowd erupted into thunderous applause and cheers, reluctant to let the magic of the evening die out. EKKSTACY had delivered a performance for the ages, leaving an indelible mark on all who were lucky enough to witness it live. The Bowery Ballroom surely made EKKSTACY feel at home in his new residence on the Lower East Side and we will all be impatiently awaiting his return to stages in New York City. 



In conclusion, EKKSTACY’s concert was a testament to his growing talent, passion, and undeniable star power. With his electrifying performance and infectious energy, EKKSTACY proved he is indeed a force to be reckoned with in the world of indie rock and one that fans will be eagerly watching as he continues to rise to the top. 


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