Interview: Escapists

London’s Escapists have clearly come some way since we saw them at a rammed Laissez Faire Club show at the Macbeth at the very start of 2011. Well, we say “saw them”; the fact is we were hanging out with our tallest buddy in the world Mischa Pearlman and therefore spending a good amount of time bitch-whining about what a hard time we had in our made-up profession up till that date. We were also distracted by Miss Boutet of The Ladies Toilet who started flashing her camera in our face and taking some kinda pictures. We DID watch a bit of Escapists, and we’re forever thankful for doing it. Fast-forward 12 calendar months and they’ve got themselves kitted out with an EP release from Killing Moon-inspirons Euphonios which dropped on the 14th of the month of May which will be followed up by a single release proper for lead EP track Burial on the 28th May, and a bunch of tasty festival dates including Lounge On The Farm and Chazzstock, as well as a London date with Isle Of Wighters The Shutes on 6th July. It is also worth pointing out (says we) that singer Simon is the spitting image of Killing Moon homeboy Tom Stock of Ealing all-stars Volunteers, indeed having played several shows in medium-recent past (you DO know him, Simon). Anyway, with such accolades and big-boy shit flying backwards and forward from Escapists general direction, we wanted to fire some of our own probing, mind-fucking, deeply analytical questions which have been genetically-engineered to end bands’ careers before they’ve even really begun. No messin’.

Could you introduce yourselves for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?
I’m Simon, I play guitar and singing in Escapists. We’re a four-piece from London. We play grandiose melodramatic guitar music, drawing on sounds from the other side of the Atlantic.
KM: Which side dude? North side? South side? Three bags full side? It’s a big-ass ocean. You into Arctic shit?
Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?
FeistMetals. Why do we like Feist? For her tender, percussive, melody driven madness?!
KM: Like, we dunno?!?! You tell us?!
Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?
Feist at the Royal Albert Hall. She is the coolest person on the planet. At the end of the show she invited a couple of people on stage to slow dance to one of her tunes – cue 200 odd people packing out the stage and swaying between band members. Some thing unscripted like that is what makes live music something that will live forever.
KM: SOMEONE’S got a boner for Feist…
If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?
Not sure I’ve mooned anyone for at least a decade. Got two quite big music crushes at the moment though: St Vincent and Lissie are both stunning and super cool. I’m also backing my old flatmate Lucy Rose to break big by the end of the year, her voice is a thing of understated, indescribable beauty.
KM: We know Lucy. She deleted us as a friend on Facebook, which is the biggest shun you can deal to somebody in the 21st century. Then again, she was right to do it. We’d delete us on Facebook if we had a choice. We think we’re quite annoying, especially on Facebook. Also, you’ve completely failed to address the question so we’re going to say that you like mooning…passing trains. Jeah.

You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?
Paul Simon Kodachrome – my family have this old house in the hills of Kerry, its really dilapidated and the water is brown. The only entertainment for when its inevitably rainy is an old record player, this is one of the only LPs we have out there so it brings back awesome memorys of childhood. Which I guess is what you want before your demise.
KM: Funnily enough, we have no comeback/takedown for this. Well done. Brown water made us chuckle though. Here’s the shitest possible video we could find to accomodate ya, which coincidentally is the first video we found on the YouTube.
Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?
Killing In The Name, its just a monster song.
KM: Right on.
Escapists release Burial on the 28th May and play the following live dates. So, like, go see them.
5th June – Guilford Boileroom
10th June – Chazzstock (with The Vaccines and The Horrors)
6th July – 93 Feet East with The Shutes
8th July – Lounge On The Farm

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