If you name The Vibes, The Yardbirds, Nine Below Zero, The Milkshakes, The Sonics and Bo Diddley as influences, you have our attention. If you’ve played in bands like Lancashire Bombers, The Untamed, The Sundowners, Long Tall Shorty and Joe Public, we have high expectations. If your original songs are not inferior to your infectious cover version of Del Shannon’s Runaway, you’ve made a record that is wantlist-worthy.
We’re talking about Alan Walshe (vocals, guitar, organ), Dave ‘Diamond’ Prince (drums, vocals, piano, screams) and Mark ‘Fazza’ Farrington (bass), who together as Thee Escapees released their debut full-length Breaking Out. You’ll hear thirteen short but powerful songs, which would not look out of place on the large pile of American garage rock and British beat classics from your vinyl collection. A mix of trashy rock ‘n’ roll with groovy rhythm ‘n’ blues – raw and catchy, raucous and danceable. While there really are no weak tunes on the album, the standouts have been saved for side B.
Breaking Out is out now digitally and on vinyl LP through Spinout Nuggets.