Interview - Escape ring


After getting songs on major network TV shows in the USA; Australian Pop Rock act "Escape Ring" released the debut song “Winning The War”. Let's have a chat with them.

Hi guys and welcome to this interview. Tell us about your latest release Winning the war.
We are Escape Ring from Melbourne, Australia. Winning The War is our second released song which just dropped. We are reaching out to people around the world and so far getting a lot of great feedback and response from the United States, the UK, Italy and Brazil. We also have a lot of radio stations playing it in rotation in France, so that has been awesome to see.

- How would you describe your sound?

Our band Escape Ring writes classic sounding songs but with the sonics of today. The songwriting was inspired by artists like Paul McCartney, Weezer, The White Stripes but we have used modern day super talented sound mixers like Ariel Chobaz who mixed Nicki Minaj’s Superbass and TJ Routon who mixed tracks for Taylor Swift and One Republic. Not all of our songs will sound like this, but we really wanted to experiment with a slick sound being played by real players on real instruments. There are no computer generated instruments on this.

- What do you write about?
I (Darren Moss) write the songs in the band. Winning The War is about something I struggle with, but less and less as the years go by, which is fighting my own mind. Like convincing yourself you can do something, and then starting again the next day and having to do it all over again. The mental exhaustion and waste of time that is. Like Groundhog Day. That is what the song is about. The lyrics are “I feel like I’m winning the war today. Today. Today being the key thing. It kind of implies today, but maybe not tomorrow. I wrote the song to kind of remind me, and it actually helped. I wanted to write something that anyone could put on and use to pump themselves up. People we have been playing it to have really responded

- What do you listen to when you are home?
We listen to a lot of different stuff. HAIM, The Beatles, Weezer, Phoebe Bridgers, Car Seat Headrest, the new Rick Rubin Strokes album was great, Sam Fender, Purr (check out the song Take You Back, it is so good), Feist

- Your favourite live performance so far?

Favourite time was first time in front of an audience in LA and we opened with a joke “there are more people in this room than the town we grew up in”. Not actually true, but it got the whole room laughing and broke the ice.

- Tell us a funny story that happened in studio or on stage.
Used to work with an engineer who between takes would come up with funny parody lyrics of the songs. He was very talented and they were hilarious.

- Your favourite albums?
Too many to list all of them, but here are some:
The Sound of Silver - LCD Sound System
RAM - Paul and Linda McCartney
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
Days Are Gone - HAIM
Let it Be - The Beatles
Time Out of Mind - Bob Dylan
Punisher - Phoebe Bridgers
New York - Loud Reed
Summerteeth - Wilco

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer?
Paul McCartney. For a beer, for a meal, for any reason.

- What would you ask for backstage, if you were the most important band on earth?
Water. Very boring answer, but I’m in it for the music not the partying.

- What are your plans for the near future?
We have recorded more new songs so the plan is to release some more singles in 2022 leading up to our debut album Anyone Can Do Anything.

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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