West Yorkshire folk-pop five piece Ellen and the Escapades; Ellen Smith (Vocals, Acoustic), Chris Quick (Keys, Vocals), James Warrender (Drums), Andy Calder (Bass), and Jeff Schneider (Guitar), has managed to create a sound that oozes nostalgia, without being outdated. Being highly influenced by legendary songwriters such as Bob Dylan and Carole King, as well as contemporary Indie acts like, The Coral and Cat Power, Ellen and the Escapades have found a happy medium with their tight, down to earth, organic sound. Whiskas, founder of Dance to the Radio, writing for the Leeds Guide thought of their music as having “a weight of mood and atmosphere that will make you listen in depth at every opportunity.” Sandman magazine described their self produced EP, released in September 2008, “as though it was written whilst flicking through long forgotten scrap books and photo albums.” All this from a band yet to celebrate it’s first birthday. However, as fresh faced as the five piece might seem, their roots are wide spread. From the sun kissed bays of San Francisco to the puddled doorsteps of their Leeds homes, each members individual experiences has combined to form one tight, hard working ensemble, picking up fans and admirers throughout the land. They released their first single ‘Without You’ on 25th May 2009 through their home-grown record label “Branch Out Records, and have been playing on several radiostation in the UK. Let's hope an full length album will be released soon!
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