The Escape is a four-piece alt rock band from Philadelphia, PA. The band formed in 2010, releasing their New Direction EP in 2013, and their latest EP The Mark We Leave Behind, just came out on July 28th.
The album was recorded in Dec. 2014 with producer Vince Ratti (Circa Survive, Mewithoutyou, Zolof the Rock n Roll Destroyer).
Stephen Angello’s compelling vocals glide over the punky straight-ahead rock of “Soon Forgotten,” an excellent opener to the EP that runs in the same vein as Rise Against. Some wicked guitar work and infectious “whoa-oh” background vocals close it out.
“The lyrics for Soon Forgotten are where we got the title for the record “The Mark We Leave Behind” The song asks the question, what’s left at the end of the day for the next generation to remember us by, when we have gotten carried away with our excess and less than noble ways of life.” – Stephen Angello, vocalist/guitarist.
“What happened to Us” stands out as it’s a little more laid back; slowing down in the verses, kicking up a bit in the chorus. This dynamic gives the song a really cool vibe that maybe makes it even more radio-ready than some of the others.
The chunky bass in the rockier “Underwater” is one of many aspects that make it a favourite of mine. This track is all around a fun listen that hints at Jimmy Eat World; a punchy song that I keep coming back to.
Whether it’s driving bass in “Two Steps Forward,” attitude in the guitars of “Living in a Dream” (another personal favourite), or the delicious soloing in “Waiting,” The Escape are musically intriguing and Angello’s vocals are consistently top-notch.
The Escape’s The Mark We Leave Behind is energetic and enthusiastic throughout. This EP is six solid songs of exemplary modern rock ‘n roll.