January 19th, 2011 • News
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
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