London based band Escapists, first made a name for themselves playing the introducing stage at Reading and Leeds back in 2012 and touring with Imagine Dragons. Last year they released their debut album ‘Only Bodies’ and now they are back with new single ‘Eat You Alive’, a track that sees them take a pleasantly more upbeat approach than past tracks.
Indie-rock to the core, the intro is slow building and quiet, paving way for the stomping drumbeats and vivacious guitar riffs. Simon Glancy’s airy vocals provide the perfect balance between light and dark, his tone contrasting with the gloomy lyrical content he delivers.
Sticking to their guns as a guitar-based band, the track still upholds intricate and complex guitar sections, but here channels a sound that seems larger than many intimate sounding guitar bands. With a layer of eeriness under the brighter beat, they maintain a sense of mystery, whilst the lyrics spout the pain evoked by obsession and lust, “you better run for your life / cos we’re coming and you won’t survive.”
With the added attraction of melodic synths and a tight and polished rhythm, Escapists demonstrate the ability of blending disco and rock to conjure up a pulsating indie-dance track.
With an infectiously catchy chorus, executed to high precision and the subtle but delightful merging of genres, Escapists have produced a comeback track that only the biggest stadium filling bands could be proud of.
‘Eat You Alive’ drops on July 20th, with a single release party on July 21st at The Finsbury, London.