Escape is an all-original rock band made up of seven musicians. With a vocalist, two acoustic guitarists, an electric guitarist, a violinist, a bassist, and a drummer there are plenty of ideas and influences that help shape their music. Escape’s live performances demonstrate their talent, as many of their songs are longer than average and go through interesting melodic changes. In one of Escape’s songs, Tribal, the band sets their instruments down one by one and ends the song with five members of the band playing congas or bongos. It is this display of uniqueness and creativity that sets Escape apart from other bands. After playing at Club 313 in Belleville, IL, club-owner and front-man for the band BOB posted on Escape’s website saying, “Finally, a band with some music savvy...”
Jeremy Holliday (vocals), Adam Berg (guitar), Jordie Hauss (guitar), Matt Mercille (guitar), and Chuck Willoford (bass) started Escape in March of 2003. Jeremy has been singing in bands for eight years. Adam has the most experience of the three guitarists having played in bands for ten years. Matt Mercille has been playing guitar for eight years and Jordie Hauss has been playing guitar for six years. Chuck Willoford has been playing bass for seven years. These 5 musicians wrote several songs together before adding John Brighton (violin). John is currently attending Millikin University on a full ride for violin. Justin Wallace, who has been playing drums for eleven years, was eventually added in September of 2003 as the final member of Escape.
At this time Escape is currently focusing their efforts working to complete their first full-length album. In the mean time Escape has built a strong local following and play mostly in their hometown to fund the album and road-tours. Once the album is complete Escape plans to start branching out and playing in their surrounding areas to promote their album and music.