INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Inspired by captivating pop melodies and energetic rock, Newcastle-upon-Tyne collective The Escapades have crafted a dynamic, original sound, and a truly mesmerising stage presence that is rather reminiscent of the most iconic of live music performers.
With their most recent single, ‘Cut Me Loose‘, being released to a positive response, and having had over 10,000 streams online so far, frontman Kieran Taylor spoke to me about that, the band’s journey up to now, upcoming single, ‘I Can’t Get Enough (Of Your Rock & Roll)‘, and more.
How did the band first get together?
Had a beer in Filthy’s (a bar/music venue in the band’s home city) with a couple of pals, next thing you know, we were all in a band.
How did the name The Escapades come about?
Well, an Escapade: An act or incident involving excitement, daring, or adventure. Speaks for itself.
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
We like to lock ourselves in a room, you need to just let loose and see what comes out, some days, you have it, some, you don’t.
What inspires the band lyrically?
Love and loss have been a heavy influence on plenty of bands for decades. We’re another one of those bands.
You have so far brought out a few singles – the most recent being ‘Cut Me Loose’. How were the responses to them for you all personally?
‘Cut Me Loose‘ really popped, it had that classic 90’s rock chorus, and people absolutely loved it. It got airtime in the USA, on the BBC, and landed in a few Spotify playlists. It’s a strong tune.
And next month, the band will be unveiling a new track, ‘I Can’t Get Enough (Of Your Rock & Roll)’. How was the recording process for them?
We recorded the track with Sam from Pigs x7 at Blank Studios (mint, by the way, we recommend those guys), we threw down some guide guitar tracks, then we built up from the bottom to the top. Drums, bass, guitar, vocals, and then we chucked a boatload of harmonies and little twinkly bits of sparkle at the end.
Also, what can your fan base expect from the upcoming release?
Big things. We have a lot of interest from radios and curators all ready, we’ve been sorting the pre-release for a while now, and it’s all starting to come together. We can guarantee this will be your new favourite Escapades song, because it’s certainly ours.
The band have firmly established themselves on their local music scene, and have supported the likes of Kashmere and Youth Illusion. How is the experience – for you all – of playing live?
If you’ve ever seen us live, you’ll know that we like to put on a show. We invested in wireless guitar systems, and there’s nothing quite like jumping off the stage, standing on a table, and blasting out a solo with a circle of fans around you. You can’t really put a price on moments like that, we love our fans.
And lastly, in your opinion, how will the coronavirus outbreak affect the UK music industry?
I think we’ll all have some amazing material coming out after all of this has finished, as lots of very talented people have had time to really sit in and be creative. I can’t wait for this to finish because of the trouble it caused, but I also can’t wait for the bands to show us what they have.
‘I CAN’T GET ENOUGH (OF YOUR ROCK & ROLL)’ – THE UPCOMING SINGLE FROM THE ESCAPADES – WILL BE RELEASED ON APRIL 10, AND FURTHER INFO ON THIS – AND THE BAND – CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES: