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Regular readers of this blog and attendees of our live events are probably aware of our affinity towards London band Escapists. The big sounding indie rock quartet have been championed by LFC for a little while now, and currently in the midst of a busy and exciting 2012, what with the lead track of their latest EP, “Burial”, doing the rounds on XFM and Radio 1 and the band recently appearing at high profile festivals such as Live At Leeds and The Great Escape.
To our ears, their live show has gone from strength to strength over last year or so. Recent gigs at The Borderline in London and at the aforementioned Great Escape were really indicative of a band very much on the rise, and with a point to prove. “Burial”, for one, is sounding nothing short of monumental towards the end of their set, and is proving to be quite the head-turner.
We last caught up with their lead singer and guitarist Simon Glancy on the eve of our fourth birthday show at The Macbeth in January 2011, when Escapists appeared with Channel Cairo, The Collectable Few and Let’s Buy Happiness at what was our busiest ever live event. We thought we’d grab a minute with him to see what the band have been up to in the eighteen months since then.
What have you been up to since we last spoke in Jan 2011?
S: We’ve been pretty busy, we released a single in October (“Post Gospel Blues”) and we’ve just released an EP (“Burial”). In general we’ve just been trying to play as many shows as possible and make the live show something special.
How’s the EP doing?
S: Really well, the title track got onto the XFM evening playlist and got some Radio 1 airplay. The reviews have been good too.
What’s “Burial” about?
S: Like most of our songs, it’s a pretty rousing track paired with a fairly bleak, introspective lyric. It’s really about the uncertainty of what comes after death.
What was the inspiration behind the video?
S: I found a video of a scientific experiment about decomposition online and thought it was harrowingly beautiful and would suit the music well.
What does the remainder of 2012 hold for Escapists?
S: We’re playing a show for Huw Stephens on 10 July at The Social and a few festivals (Lounge On The Farm, BT Live as part of the Olympics), and we’re going to make videos for all the tracks on the EP. We’ll probably put some more music out before the end of the year too.
The “Burial” EP by Escapists is out now via Euphonios.
Five great tracks: Edition #1 (Escapists, Yukon Blonde, Kyla La Grange, Various Cruelties, Hot Spoke)
Here’s an attempt to bring to your attention more stuff than we normally do, with a simple, easily-digestible roundup of some great tracks (and bands) we’ve come across of late. Whether it’s signed, unsigned, electronic, organic or recorded in a toilet is not our concern – it just needs to be good. Laissez-Faire, aren’t we? Here goes:
Escapists – “Church Bells” (Unsigned)
Regular readers of this blog should already be familiar with this South London quartet, a band who have played our live nights on a number of occasions. They’re just about to release their debut single, ‘Post Gospel Blues’ in October, but here’s another track from their debut full-length that they’ve posted online. Front man Simon Glancy sings over some aurally pleasing piano chords to create a beautiful and emotive two-and-a-half minutes. If it’s not set to be the LP closer, it should be.
Yukon Blonde – “Fire” (Nevado)
Not a Kasabian cover but a brand new song from Yukon Blonde, Vancouver’s answer to the likes of Local Natives and Fleet Foxes. Off their new EP, ‘Fire/Water’, it’s a retro styled, breezy rocker that evokes images of dog eared 12″ copies of “Harvest”, the sun, and wide open spaces – which they’ll no doubt see a lot of during their forthcoming mammoth 60-date (yes, 60) tour of North America.
MP3: Yukon Blonde – Fire
Kyla La Grange – “I Could Be” (Chess Club)
‘I Could Be’ is the B-side to Kyla La Grange’s latest single on Chess Club Records, ‘Been Better’. Dark, moody and sung in hushed tones, it sits somewhere in between Cat Power and Anna Calvi and displays why KLG is amongst the hottest property on the London music scene right now. The chorus packs a hefty punch, too, with La Grange displaying her remarkable singing talent to its fullest extent. We’re eagerly waiting more where this came from.
Various Cruelties – “Chemicals” (Hideout)
Since we last wrote about London’s soul-pop outfit Various Cruelties in March, they’ve gone on to sign a major record deal with Hideout – a subsidiary of Mercury. Their highly promising early demo ‘Chemicals’ has been re-recorded and now sounds even bigger and more anthemic than before – presumably the intention of their A&R team. Not that it always works that way – sometimes energy and character can be sapped out by expensive production – so kudos to those involved. We expect this to soundtrack a goals round-up near you very soon.
Hot Spoke – “Grimwood” (Unsigned)
Hot Spoke are a new indie/folk band from Down Under, from the same Sydney scene as the much vaunted Cloud Control, Boy And Bear and The Jezabels. They cite Wilco, Jeff Buckley, Nancy Sinatra and Kate Bush amongst their influences, and we’d suggest they’ve probably listened to a PJ Harvey record or two in the past. Singer Vanessa Jade is sure to turn heads and generate plaudits with her very impressive set of pipes – which take centre-stage on ‘Grimwood’, a brooding and very accomplished three-or-so minutes. Be sure to download the similarly veined ‘Chromatic’ below.
One of our favourite bands in the capital, South London’s Escapists, have recorded a stripped down, acoustic version of one of their best songs (and live set highlight), Post Gospel Blues.
Those of you who managed to catch them at LFC in the past, most recently at Notting Hill Arts Club and The Macbeth (we interviewed them prior to the latter show here) at the end of January, will know they’re turning into quite the must-see live act. Quite often plugged in, beefed up and electric, this video should give you an indication of what you can expect from their softer, more pensive moments.
Aurally pleasing acoustic strums, glockenspiel chimes and front man Simon Glancy’s impassioned croon all combine to create what is a summer-smash in waiting. If you’re into bands like Mumford And Sons, Arcade Fire, Efterklang, Local Natives and Dog Is Dead, you could do much worse than lend this lot your ears for around 5 minutes.
Catch them at The Bull And Gate in Kentish Town on 31 May, and Catch in Shoreditch on 21 June.
South London’s Escapists are one of the best new bands in the capital, we’d confidently suggest. Formerly known as Heart On Fire, they changed their name to Escapists last summer and began gigging London’s bars and clubs furiously. They also won the Road To Standon (Calling) competition, which secured them a slot on the main stage at the Hertfordshire festival in August – a big stage appearance that is sure to be the first of many.
Mixing elements, of North American alt-rock (Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, The National) with elements of early U2 and Coldplay, this is clearly a band with great ambition and a firm vision of where they want to be (not dive bars). Their songs are atmospheric, emotional and almost always bear that all important quality of having a memorable, fist-pumping chorus – qualities that’ll no doubt stand them in good stead as they embark on the big push into the public’s consciousness.
On the two occasions they’ve played LFC in the past (April and October ’10), they’ve turned heads. They’ll play with Let’s Buy Happiness and The Collectable Few on the 27th – come on down to witness the early stages of a band with some serious big game potential.
Location: London, UK
Lineup: Simon Glancy (Vocals, Guitar), Oli Court (Guitar), Max Perryment (Bass), Andy Walsh (Drums)
Previous LFC appearances: 2
Blog love: “They’ve only got demos recorded so far but they show ambition and promise very good things” (Gramofoam)
LFC 4th Birthday show details: The Macbeth, 27 Jan, on-stage 8.45pm RSVP TICKETS
Who are you?
S: Escapists, a London four piece inspired by early 00’s indie from the other side of the pond: Arcade Fire, The National and Broken Social Scene. We’re trying to show that danceable guitar music will always have its place on the radio and in people’s hearts.
What were your highlights of 2010?
S: Seeing The National and Arcade Fire in the same snow covered week in December.
O: Standon Calling Festival in the summer – a great debauch (and we got to play).
What are you most looking forward to in 2011?
S: Finishing our record and releasing some tunes.
Do you have anything available to buy right now?
O: Not yet, but we have free demo CDs at all our gigs and our songs are available to stream online at escapistsmusic.com.
What’s been your best gig(s) to date?
S: Laissez Faire Club at The Lock Tavern – the room was so packed that it was hard to tell where front row ended and band began. Also York Freshers Ball supporting Marina And The Diamonds – for some reason we played after her at about 1.30am. We stepped out to a near empty 1,000 capacity venue but after we opened people came streaming back up the the stairs into the auditorium and we ended up having one of our best shows.
O: The first gig where we really started to get heads turning was The Bedford in Balham about a year ago. Plus it’s a lovely little boozer.
And finally, why should people attend your gig?
S: To see four guys playing to the best of their abilities and never not giving their all.
O: Apparently we’re like Mumford And Sons but really loud. So if you like Mumford, and/or have hearing problems, then I guess you’ll enjoy our gig.
MP3: Escapists – Burial
January 10th, 2011 • 1 comment News
Tags: Catch, Channel Cairo, Escapists, Holden, Ice Black Birds, LAISSEZ FAIRE CLUB, Let's Buy Happiness, Scoundrels, The Collectable Few, The Jacquerie, The Macbeth
Laissez Faire Club’s live nights have been around for four years now, and in aid of this fact we’ve decided to put on two shows in two nights at two of our favourite East London venues, Catch and The Macbeth respectively.
In between stuffing ourselves with festive meats and heralding in 2k11 over the holiday season, we’ve been toiling away putting the lineups you see in front of you together. We’ve made an effort to book bands that have played at least one Laissez Faire Club gig in the past and generally supported us through thick and thin, alongside bands who are exciting us right now.
Scoundrels played the first ever LFC at The Windmill back in 2006 (and many more along the way, in various guises), so we’re delighted to have them headline the first evening at Catch. The blues influenced four piece recently put pen to paper with Seymour Stein’s resurrected Blue Horizon label (originally home to Fleetwood Mac and Chicken Shack), and this will be their first show of 2011. Support comes from LFC Records’ first ever signings Ice Black Birds, throwback folk ‘n’ rollers Holden and one of our favourite new discoveries of 2010, The Jacquerie.
Let’s Buy Happiness‘ debut at LFC came in September, and we’re over the moon to have them playing again for us so soon – they headline the second night at The Macbeth on the 27th. Their shoegazey sound and female vocals have won them many plaudits over the last few months, as well as comparisons to The Sundays and Cocteau Twins. Expect to hear their last single ‘Six Wolves’ aired, alongside its follow up ‘Fast Fast’ (out 28 Feb). Warming things up for them will be our new signings The Collectable Few, who’ll be launching their debut single ‘Headstrong’ (out on Monday 24th), as well as Escapists and Channel Cairo, two new-ish London bands who both play their own brand of atmospheric indie-rock with big, memorable hooks.
All in all, we really do believe these are some of the best new bands out there at the moment, and we’re delighted to have rounded them up to play to you all at once. On top of all this, we’ve confirmed special guest DJ sets from the likes of Post War Years, Monkeysuit and Gramofoam, who’ll be providing you with the latest indie / electro beats in between and after the live acts.
Excited? We certainly are. Full information, ticket details and Facebook RSVPs can be found on our Events page.
We’re really excited to announce that one of our favourite bands in London, Scoundrels, will be heading the bill at the next LFC event which is set to take place at Kentish Town’s best boozer The Flowerpot on Thursday 21 October. We blogged about this exciting blues-influenced quartet a while back, and can’t wait to welcome them back to the LFC stage for what will be a rare live outing in the run up to the release of their debut LP in 2011. Their live shows are always a dance inducing, sing-along friendly hoot, and we’re expecting this to be no different.
Support comes from Escapists, another great new band from the capital who look to North American alt rock bands such as Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene and The National, for inspiration. They played for us in April at The Lock Tavern under a different moniker (Heart On Fire), and what really struck us was their big, all-encompassing sound and sky-scraping hooks. They’re currently treading the boards at London’s best venues and club nights, playing a set full of new material alongside some of the choice older stuff. We’re licking our lips with anticipation. Opening the evening will be Brighton-based solo artist Freddy Furber.
Entry to the night is completely FREE! Doors open at around 7.30pm – arrive early to make sure you don’t miss any of the action. Please let us know if you’re coming by RSVP’ing to the Facebook event here. If you’d like to whet your appetite even further, Scoundrels are offering a free download of “Just Can’t See It Through”, a long time ‘live favourite’ and probable album track. Check it out below: