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The Escape / Press

“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. “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 Ea 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 favorite), or the delicious soloing in “Waiting,” The Escape are musically intriguing and Angello’s vocals are consistently top-notch.”

“The first two tracks tell you what to expect for most of what is to come. The songs divide into two teams: the “happy and hopThe Escape keeps your pulse up throughout. As one of the more upbeat songs, “The Will To Survive” is great start. If I had been inside a car when I heard it, I would have taken the top down and raised my fist in triumph. Lyrically, New Direction is decent. TSimilarly, the instrumentals maintain an adrenaline pumping beat, thought at times it can get a bit predictable. Especially to fans of Fallout Boy or Panic! at the Disco. Again, though, there are more interesting bits sprinkled here and there. Particularly in the guitar work in the fourth track, “Pull It Together"”

“The Escape is the name that ended the foursome's search and these Norristown boys couldn't be happier.The band's most recent E.P, Signal Fire, was produced by Jersey-based studio man Chris Badami. Released this past August, Angello recognizes Signal Fire as the act's "best work." Badami has worked with Philadelphia's own The Starting Line and the John Popper of Blues Traveler fame. Angello describes the experience with Badami as "amazing" as he talks about the "truly natural" recording process. "We met Chris and, for me at least, it was love at first sight. We experimented with new ideas, techniques, and as a band we just felt more excited to record." Signal Fire was the band's last release under the name Reality Stricken and will also be the first release under their new name. "Those recordings are the new direction we're headed in as a band," he says, "and almost like a turning point for our sound." ”