The literal definition of Escaper is "one who breaks free from confinement."
Escaper made a triumphant return to their hometown of New York City with a show at the legendary Bowery Ballroom. The band, comprised of Will Hanza, Phil Kadet, Sam Crespo and Luke Bemand presents a live recording of the show. Looking forward, the band will release it’s 4th studio album this October via Ropeadope Records.
The band released their 3rd studio album on Ropeadope Records in 2020 which was met with critical acclaim including being named a JamBase “Release Day Pick”. Named “On the Verge” by Relix Magazine (full page in print edition).
The band has welcomed sit-ins on stage with members of the Disco Biscuits, Brazilian Girls, Thievery Corporation, Rubblebucket, Dopapod, Cabinet, Turkuaz and more. They have also shared bills at venues such as Bowery Ballroom, Brooklyn Bowl and Irving Plaza with Jon Fishman (Phish), Karl Denson, Start Making Sense, Aqueous, Electric Beethoven, The DAB Sessions (ft. Aron Magner & Felix Pastorius). They have been seen at festivals such as Elements:Lakewood, Adirondack Independence Music Festival, Great South Bay Music Fesitval, A Bear's Picnic, DiscJam, Grateful Getdown, Karnival of the Arts, Rock n Roll Resort and Mazzstock. Featured on radio such as WEQX and WFOX.
"With multifaceted, oftentimes soaring jams, Escaper’s opening set of tunes set a groovy and rocking vibe for the rest of the evening.” - Jambase
released July 8, 2022
Recorded live at Bowery Ballroom in New York City, February 5, 2022
Will Hanza (guitar, vocals)
Phil Kadet (keys, vocals)
Sam Crespo (drums)
Luke Bemand (bass)
Johnny Butler (saxophone)**(tracks 5, “Cicada” & 6. “Rare Form”)
Recording Engineer: Fred Rylands
Mixing Engineers: John Davis (The Bunker Recording Studios) and Will Hanza
Cover Art: Photo by Ken Spielman, graphic design by Metta Chase