Escaper is a progressive rock dance band based in New York City. Defined as “one who breaks free from confinement,” Escaper’s lush and complex music knows no earthly bounds. The quartet builds intricate tracks using layer upon layer of harmonious soundscapes, transporting the listeners on an auditory journey. Their live performances are equally stunning, as they deliver dazzling improvisation alongside moving lyrics.
Escaper was formed in 2016 by Will Hanza (guitar, vocals) as a musical collective that pushed creative freedom. Joined in 2018 by Phil Kadet (keys, vocal), the band went on to share stages with the likes of Jon Fishman (Phish), Karl Denson, Aron Magner & Marc Brownstein (the Disco Biscuits) and many other top performers.
After a hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have now been joined by drummer Sam Crespo and bassist Luke Bemand, and the four have been making music together ever since, including a lively show at The Bowery Ballroom (with a live album from the show released earlier this year). Crespo and Bemand bring a wealth of experience to the band; Crespo tours with notable future jam act Space Bacon, while Bemand handles the low end for heavy groove trio, lespecial.
Spaceship, the Escaper’s fourth studio album, is a special collaborative project. Earlier this year, the band was welcomed in to record the album at the USA headquarters of world renowned microphone company Telefunken Elektroakustik. After tracking the framework for the album in a single session, the band finished recording with another session at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, NY.
Spaceship’s lyrics delve into the idea that relationships built on trust and picking each other up, better our ability to be an Escaper… able to blast off into the greater journeys of this life and universe.
Spaceship arrives on all streaming platforms via Ropeadope Records on November 4, 2022 with pre-orders starting on October 7. The band will celebrate the release with a headlining performance at The Sultan Room in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, November 5, 2022.