Review Date: January 2016
Source: Rock Hard Reviews
January 22, 2016 sees the release of the Escape Artists' second album entitled ...Never Die. This is a follow up to their 2013 release Tales in Tune. For Rock Hard Reviews readers unfamiliar with Escape Artists, they are a female fronted pop-punk band from Vienna, Austria. The bank was founded by former school mates Georg Glasl and Matthias Fellinger, and features Pia Glasl on vocals, Mario Chytil on Base and Lukas Jelencsits on drums.
So, without further ado, let's have a listen to ..Never Die, and pick out a few favourite tracks..
Power from the start with this track. The beat carries strongly through the song with a catchy riff to match. Couple that with some inspirational lyrics in the chorus, and we have my personal favourite for this album. What a great opening track, bound to be appreciated by fans of Avril Lavigne's early work.
We pick up the pace with this lively, emotive number about the way history overshadows the present and impacts the lives of the next generation. This one has a sing-along chorus and features cheery , impressive punk guitar riffwork. Paul Jack says that the energy and passion in this track reminds him of his favourite Aussie girl band Tequila Mockingbyrd.
My Safe kicks off with a guitar riff reminiscent of Paramore, with a style and quality to match. An impressive, upbeat number about being supportive and always being there for someone who needs you.
Make my Way
I love the intro on this song, their plucky, light tune builds up slowly into a classic pop-punk opening, reminiscent of The Wonder Years . With overtones of Funeral for a Friend, screamo is used subtly to back Pia's melodic singing, wrapped in moments of wonderfully crunchy chugging guitars and a positive vibe. Go ahead punk, make my ...err ... way. :-)
Another high note for the album here, fast and energetic pop-punk at its best. Beautiful crashing guitar solos blasting at ya. Nice.
Now for a change of mood to end the album. This tranquil song is about finding a moment of piece, just for yourself. Makes for a surprisingly pleasant, mellow note to end the album on. Classily done, too.
Escape Artists deserve more publicity and a wider audience for their inspirational lyrics and high quality tunes. If you like early Avril Lavigne, then you'll dig Escape Artists brand of Viennese power pop-punk. Head on over to www.escapeartists.at find out more about Escape Artists, and to hear some of their plucky tunes.
- Next Generation
- My Safe
- Letters from Above
- Make My Way