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The Escape Artist *EP Release* / Stay / Collider

Friday, July 17
Show | 8pm // Doors | 7:30pm

Advance $10 | Day of $12

The Escape Artist:
The Escape Artist has gone through several changes over the years, both in personnel and in sound. Formed in the DC/MD area in 2008 by drummer Chad Richman and guitarist Fred Ashworth; they started off as a post-punk quartet with Fred on vocals. Shortly after that, long time friend Sam Ridder-Beardsley joined the band on bass. As time went on, the music under went a metamorphosis; gradually becoming more dynamic, and dream-like. Fred had a clear vision of the direction he wanted the band to go in, but it took a few years of trial and error to find the right people. Three guitarists, several shows, and almost 4 years later, the addition of Ross Kerr (formerly of True Womanhood) on guitar really took the bands sound to a whole new level. Ross’s wizard like mastery of guitar effects added a whole new layer of alien landscapes to explore. Eventually it was decided that they would need a new vocalist to better complement their new ethereal sound. In late 2013, the wonderfully talented Wanda Perkins (of Maulrat and The Meer) stepped up to the plate and the rest was history. Her soothing, angelic voice was the perfect match to the bands dense, cerebral, dreamscapes. Fast forward to 2018, Jeff Orrence (also of The Meer, Maulrat) took Sam’s place on bass, and they started working on new material for the first time in years. The bands most recent work, “Wildbright” was recorded during the summer of 2019 with Kevin Bernsten of Developing Nations Recording Studio in Baltimore, MD, with additional engineering by Wanda Perkins and Trevor Higgins at the bands practice space in Monrovia, MD. Due out in early 2020, this collection of songs really showcases the musical journey that started so many years ago.

Stay is an alternative band from Southern New Jersey. What started as a solo act in 2016, became a full band the summer of 2018.
Their freshman record “iwillneveraskyouto” is scheduled to premier fall 2019. The containing 12 songs gives the audience the full scope of the bands dynamics. Engineer/Producer Jake Clarke of Retro City Studios in Philadelphia had this to say – ” last winter I met with Stay to discuss working with them on their debut LP. A lot of hard hours were put into this record. Thereʼs something about a bands first LP that is very special to be apart of. These songs weren’t just put together one afternoon, Stay put their hearts into this and it shows.” Stay is not just a band, but a family of friends.

A welcome change from the current cadre of shoegaze-inspired rock bands – Collider stay smart without being annoyingly intellectual.