London based indie band Escapists have dropped their new single ‘Silence’. Vocalist and writer Simon Glancy took some time out to touch down with GIGsoup about the new song, their exciting show in Electrowerkz, London and how their new material has reinvigorated the desire to perform.
‘Silence’ comes in with a decisive and strong drum beat before the sound opens out to display a wall of pop sound that is expansive, with deep undertones of impatient bass that mirror the lyrics of the song perfectly. The track sees Escapists take a small detour from their previous more rock oriented sound. Simon Glancy filled us in on some details.
Your new single ‘Silence’ sees a bit of a departure from your former raw guitar-driven sound. The guitars are still there, but you have employed a bigger, more composed and controlled pop sound- how have you arrived here?
This song came pretty fully formed to my inbox from Oli, I just put the vocals on it and the beat got tweaked in the live room.
We’ve always liked pop music and the use of texture and a wall of sound. There’s always been piano and keyboard parts on the songs but always pushed back now we have Rory helping us live as a floating 5th member we can explore this stuff more live and have decided to push the sound in that direction when it feels right.
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‘Silence’ is about modern technology- that silence that comes from staring into screens and disconnecting us from the people in our presence. Can you tell us more about the background to the song? Is this a theme close to Escapists’ hearts?
I think we’ve all been there be it in a friendship or a relationship when you sit there and the people around you are transfixed by their phone screens. This is me dealing with that frustration and desire to scream ‘talk to me’ at someone.
You have one gig lined up on Electrowerkz in London on November 1st– are you planning on any further tour dates at the moment?
The Electrowerkz show on Nov 1st is just a massive celebration. We haven’t played in a year so we wanted put on an epic show to celebrate what we feel like is some of the best music we’ve made. We’re finishing off an album and then we can talk about a tour.
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This is a bit of a comeback single for you- you were busy in 2013 at Reading and Leeds festival and had a lot of attention from the likes of XFM and went on tour with Imagine Dragons- what have you been up to in the mean-time?
We hadn’t really stopped until this year. We released an EP in 2012, a debut album 2014, and an acoustic EP and 3 singles in 2015. We took the first half of this year off to do our own thing and now we’re just getting back into it.
There’s something about these new songs that have given us a reinvigorated energy and desire to create amazing music and play special shows.
Finally, what would be your fantasy outcome for the year ahead?