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The Escape 'Mad and Blind' EP

Reviewed by 
Martin Stapleton

These are one of the most criminally underrated young local bands. Thankfully, they have rectified their only real glaring omission and have laid down five tracks for this, The Escape's debut EP, "Mad and blind". The band comprise Edwin Ireland (vocals, guitar), Robert Collins (vocals, guitar) and Matthew Jarman (drums, vocals). They have concocted a sixteen minute pick me up. To put it simply, a perfect slice of summery pop.

A recording studio is kind to their requirements and they have managed to apply some additional arrangements to their normal guitars and drums live sounds. This applies most particularly to "Time of Day", in which their catchy tune benefits enormously from some luscious organ enhancement. "Mad and Blind" excels for me because of these keen young wordsmiths. "Mary" is a cute offering that contains an ending that has caught many people out (me included). These boys have such a devilish sense of humour and a laugh at the same time. An indie pop dreamer may pick "Height", but for me, the always excellent "Crapulence" is a choice tune to close with. I suppose the scuzzy guitar work is the key, but the lyrics bind everything together. The repeated cry says so much, a shout of (all together now) "The world just keeps on spinning"!

Their drive, the guitars and, above all, the classic arrangements are such strong assets for The Escape to hopefully build upon. Their retro sounds are to be applauded, as most young bands continue to follow the same trend. Tunes of a melodic nature do matter!

"Gig-hardened veteran youngsters The Escape literally raise the floor with a powerful mixture of well worn covers and their own exciting self-penned tunes. These lads enhanced their glowing reputation on the local scene and the young and not so young folks who are here to see it are thoroughly enraptured. Especially with the trio's astounding 'cream-slice'! Their support of all things local is noted with interest."
- Bedford Esquires, Martin Stapleton.

"I'd suggest that there's a hint of some of the sexier aspects of 1980s indie in their sound - a bit of Orange Juice, a few moments that sound like The Smiths, and occasionally the different elements suddenly clang into synch like those early Squeeze singles."
- Times and Citizen

Crapulence Music Video

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Free MP3 Downloads
8th September 2010

Two MP3 'The Escape' tracks up for free download!
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New Look Site / YouTube Competition
6th September 2010

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'Mad and Blind' EP Out Now!
1st June 2010
Our debut EP 'Mad and Blind' is now available on iTunes, Amazon and CD baby 
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'Crapulence' Music Video Available Now!
19th January 2010

The offical music video for our track 'Crapulence' from the new EP is available to watch online now.
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Mad and Blind EP In Production
1st May 2009

Our first studio CD, titled 'Mad and Blind' has begun Production
To be studio recorded and avalible for sale - 2010