escapistsFar-reaching and discerning guitar-driven indie pop connoisseurs Escapists – vocalist Simon Glancy, guitarist Oli Court, Max Perryment (bass), Andy Walsh (drums) – talk ‘Silence’ and ‘Animals’, their smartly engaging new offering.

So, what’s up, guys? What’s on your mind…?

Still coming down from an amazing show on Tuesday.

First up guys, tell us everything we should know about ‘Silence/Animals’?

‘Silence’ is big and brash and technicolour, embracing synths and pop/ hiphop beats. ‘Animals’ is quiet and introspective focusing on ambience and subtlety

What were your influences/vibes whilst writing the AA?

The music for Silence was written by Oli which had all these synth lines and the ott guitar solo, once we had sorted out the beat it just had a swagger to it. The lyrics just kind of fell into place with slightly tongue in cheek delivery. Animals is much more sincere, it was just a beautiful piece of music written by Max and needed some lyrics that were on the same emotional level.

Is it fair to say you are “making pop music for the thinking person”?

I think that’s a fair description, we’ve always tried to make big music. We’ve maybe embraced the ‘pop’ a bit more recently but the lyrics will always be interesting and engaging.

What has been the hardest part of being in the music industry for you?

Making music is fun and the other creative stuff that goes with it is satisfying but the ‘industry’ is terrible. I think it went from people wanting to find truly inspirational music to wanting to get what the shareholders want a long time ago.

Tell us about your next show and why we should be there

If I’d have got this done in time it would have been for our show on 1st November. Now I can give you the retrospective! Heaving limbs and thunderous bass. It was a proper party. We bought our A game and a special brass section. It was an amazing night and the best gig we’ve ever played.

What kind of music are you listening these days?

Lewis Del Mar, James Vincent McMorrow, CampDogzz, The Big Moon, Toothless

Who/what has helped you the most get to where you are today?

John Kennedy was our first champion which was great, our manager Chris beat us into shape at the start and lots of promoters and bookers who put us on their bills.

What’s coming next for you?

We’re just finishing album 2 which is sounding pretty tasty.

By Fabrizio Belluschi ©FM