“Epic, widescreen indie” - Clash Magazine
“Funereal and thoughtful lyrics echo early Arcade Fire, but there's an undeniable pop sensibility to their music, with catchy choruses adding a lacquered sheen to their harmonies. Impressive” – The Telegraph
"Escapists prove there's still a place for intelligent guitar-driven indie pop music" – The 405
When Escapists’ vocalist Simon Glancy moved to London to concentrate on his songwriting, he asked the only musical friend he knew to help record his ideas. Enter Oli Court, future Escapists guitarist. Oli drafted in his friend, composer Max Perryment, to play bass and the trio spent a week of intensive sessions finalising Glancy’s ideas before deciding their musical camaraderie was worth pursuing. Oli’s former schoolmate Andy Walsh was enlisted to round off the lineup on drums and before long they were recording indie rock inspired by Simon and Oli’s university listening habits: Arcade Fire, The National and Broken Social Scene.
Escapists’ debut single was picked up and broadcast by XFM’s John Kennedy and within the year they toured with Imagine Dragons and made their festival debut at Reading and Leeds. Their debut album ‘Only Bodies’ was written in the first half of 2013 and released in 2014 to general appraisal from the blogosphere. Towards the end of last year they followed it up with the standalone single ‘Faraday Cage’, packaged with a striking update of the Talking Heads classic ‘This Must Be The Place’ – it was a fitting homage to a band who, like Escapists, were bent on pushing the parameters of new wave. This year Escapists remain true grafters, releasing a steady slew of singles that have seen them lauded by Clash, The Telegraph and The 405 among others. Their next project, the all-killer five-track EP ‘Eat You Alive’, is sure-footed evidence of a band who have morphed into thought-provoking post-punk powerhouses. The next step will be indie disco domination.