Luke Escombe / Bio

Luke Escombe introduced himself as a distinctive voice on the Australian music scene with his 2008 debut "Golden Ages", which continues to receive national radio play. One of its songs, The Blame Game, was used as part of Worldvision’s Stir the World campaign, while another two were featured on the Homegrown Roots compilation series alongside new songs from the likes of John Butler and Paul Kelly.
After playing the main stage of the Peats Ridge Festival and a succession of Sydney residencies and East Coast tours, Luke released 2 innovative live EPs in 2010 – “Chronic Illness” and “Live in the Studio” , showcasing a new style of music that mixed funky, literate pop and flippant hip-hop into something called “Flip flop”
In April 2011, he unveiled his “flip flop” musical comedy show CHRONIC at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, drawing comparisons to Nick Cave, Tim Minchin and Flight of the Conchords. The Melbourne Herald Sun praised his “stellar musicianship” and declared him “on the fast track to musical comedy’s big leagues” Following its success, he was awarded a grant from Arts NSW to take his show “CHRONIC” to the Edinburgh Fringe, where it packed out its little room and bagged a 4-star review.
Meanwhile, on a rain-soaked rock and roll tour of NSW and QLD he went into the studio with his 4-piece band to record “Drop tha Bomb”, a subversive, hard-rocking track about airport security procedures. The single was a hit on community radio stations across the country, spending 4 weeks in the top ten of the AIRIT national radio charts. The outrageous music video, in which Luke played three different characters, including a deviant airport security guard named “Mario”, continues to rack up hits on youtube.
Luke returned from Edinburgh to perform sold out shows in Melbourne and Sydney, where his show began to attract media attention for its candid discussion of a chronic illness called Crohns disease. One of his performances at the Sydney Fringe was filmed by the ABC’s “Tonic” program, and a few weeks later he was flown down to Canberra to deliver a moving speech about the experiences that inspired “CHRONIC” to a room full of politicians. He ended the year with standing ovations at the Peats Ridge Festival and the title of “Sydney’s sexiest man voice”, as voted for by the listeners of Sydney’s Mix 106.5FM.
Luke has recently been made an official ambassador for the Crohns and Colitis association of Australia and has been asked to speak at a number of medical conferences and fundraising events in 2012. His show "Chronic" just received a nomination for "Best original songs" in Victoria's premier arts awards, the Green Room awards.
After growing up in the cold and grey of London, Luke is now very happy to be living on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, where he divides his time between the beach, the studio and the internet.

General Info

Band Members
Luke Escombe - Guitar, vocals, speech and keys, Kevin Hailey - Bass, Aaron Flower - Guitar, Jamie Cameron - Drums
Artist Name
Luke Escombe
Profile Page
Comedy / Flip Flop / Roots

Contact Info

Sydney, NSW, AU
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