Recently named "Artist You Need to Know About" by Relix Magazine, this Brooklyn based space rock band strive for sounds and groves without limits .
The band has been seen at festivals such as DiscJam, where they were joined on stage with members of Turkuaz, as well as Grateful for Spring as a headliner (and joined on stage by members of Cabinet), They have shared bills at venues such as Brooklyn Bowl with Jon Fishman (Phish), Karl Denson, Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits), Electric Beethoven, Aqueous, Jimkata and more.
The band released their first album, “Skeleton Key” with Ropeadope Records in May 2017 to critical acclaim including being named one of three "Release Day Picks" by JamBase. Live for Live Music said, “Their sound is a reckoning force of funky fusion music...there’s no telling how high this band can climb." The 2nd album, “Edge Detection” was released in February 2018. As with the first album, it was recorded with engineer John Davis at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, with all five band members playing together simultaneously, while in isolated rooms. Recording this way helped capture the great live synergy between the players which you can witness during their performances. Their live sets tend to be open with many in-the-moment improvisational aspects, and this essence was not lost during the studio recordings.
"“The term ‘jam’ can be a loaded one, but the idea of having some concrete ideas, while still allowing the music to be open to take advantage of the moment is really important to us.”
MEET THE BAND
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Will has played in numerous bands and has been featured in Guitar World Magazine. Endorsed by Eastman Guitars.
The lead guitarist and vocalist has played multiple festivals and iconic venues including Catskill Chill Music Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, SXSW, NAMM, CMJ, Hammerstein Ballroom, Brooklyn Bowl, World Cafe Live and many others. He was previously the guitarist for Kalen & the Sky Thieves (Ropeadope Records); and now also plays mandolin with The Breakneck Boys.
Will Hanza is also known for his work as the co-founder of Brookladelphia, a collective of events connecting the music scenes of Brooklyn and Philadelphia. He also has theater credits for productions in NYC and TV commercial placement with his solo work.
Johnny Butler has graced the stage with his saxophone at numerous high profile festivals such as a Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, Bear Creek, Gathering of the Vibes, Telluride Jazz, and Voodoo Fest in New Orleans.
His other accomplishments include recording with Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) and Warren Haynes at a Midnight Ramble at Levon Helm’s Studio. Johnny has played with high level artists in popular events such as Govt Mule at the Beacon Theater, tUnE-yArDs at Summer Stage in New York, and Strangefolk at StrangeCreek. He has also sat in with La La Brooks of Phil Spector’s Crystals, The Skeletons Big Band, The Avett Brothers, Dr. John, Fitz and the Tantrums, Counting Crows, moe., Soulive, Sharon Jones and Dap Kings, Trombone Shorty, and the Funky Meters.
His most memorable moments are when he worked with Grammy-award winner and former American Idol Judge, Randy Jackson, at Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles, opening up for Stevie Wonder and helping to write and record tenor and baritone saxophone parts on Beyonce's album, 4.
Phil is a seasoned lounge singer and piano bar entertainer, with residencies in New York and Paris. He also a part of synth-pop trio Exotik Robotz, and Rockaway Beach's Indaculture.
He is an accomplished cabaret accompanist and music director, performing at New York’s 54 Below and Metropolitan Room. He has spent five seasons as a collaborative pianist and guest artist with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival on the Big Island, and three seasons as the music director for the Kahilu Theatre's summer productions in Waimea, HI, most recently 2018's Spring Awakening.
Jay Giacomazzo is a talented bassist and composer. He's been known for his work with Black Atlas, Darkhorse, and Kalen & The Sky Thieves before joining his bandmates in Escaper.
Giacomazzo is loyally endorsed by Lakland Bass Guitars.
Wayan Zoey does music. Previous credits include Relix Magazine, The Funk Ark, Kalen & the Sky Thieves, Electric Forest, Camp Bisco, and a bunch of other stuff. Current credits include Russ Kaplan +7, Chris Q Murphy, and Brooklyn Bowl. Ropeadope Records 4 Lyfe.
Wayan is not formally endorsed by anyone, but he's quite fond of ES Percussion drums, Sabian cymbals, Pro-Mark drumsticks/D'Addario strings, Tama hardware, The Sound Kitchen fx, Korg keyboards/Vox amps, and D'Angelico guitars, and thanks them all very much for sending him awesome things to make music with.