The Escalators tip their fedoras to the sophistication of Swing, the funk of New Orleans, & the rhythmic pulse of Jamaica.
Breathing new life into great songs of the 20th Century, and crafting original compositions that honour their jazz, soul & reggae roots, The Escalators infuse it all with fresh sea breezes from their South Coast (NSW) home.
The gorgeous tone of Jenny Blunden’s voice embraces you & steals your heart. Setting the scene for the theft is The Escalators’ instrumental tapestry, woven with subtlety & purpose. The intricate guitar stylings of Lachlan Mackenzie, all harmony & texture, are draped over a rhythmic framework rich in interplay between Bradley Parson’s upright bass & the drum kit captained by Hayden Moore.
The Escalators approached their debut EP “Felix” as a concept album: to draw on classic songs from the 1930s to the 1960s, and infuse them with exotic influences from all corners of their record collection.(With room for a reggae tinged original).
Thus,‘’The Girl From Ipanema’’becomes a Brazilian beauty on a Jamaican holiday.
And ‘The Sound of Music’ turns into a funky soundtrack to a 1970s car chase.
This debut CD had the desired effect, with widespread airplay across the Eastern states, reviews (see below), and the industry keen to hear more. In 2015 an invitation to the prestigious Noosa Jazz Fest was the trigger for the 1st of many East Coast tours, and perfectly timed with a Fast Forward Artist Development Grant funding studio time in August for 3 new original tracks.
“Absolutely beautiful covers of famous songs that they have put their own jazz & soul spin on.” (Sammy Al, Eastside Radio 89.7FM)
“Sublime!” (Georgina Reed, Northside FM)
“Wow…this is REALLY good! I love it ” (Sharon Thompson, Northside FM)
“Very cool and timeless.” (Pieter Van Wessem, 3WBC 94.1FM)
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Download PDF: The Escalators – 2015 Bio