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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.
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