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Brian's Escape is an experimental sextet from Phoenix, Arizona. Blending a copious selection of genres, Brian's Escape has found a sound that cannot be accurately defined. Drawing musical influences from bands like Muse, The Rx Bandits, Thrice, and The Bled, each member has shaped their style and sound from different musical backgrounds including punk, reggae, hardcore, trance, pop, and jazz.
The idea of a concept album had always sparked the interest of the members of Brian's Escape. After the release of their debut album, Scrumptious (2008), the band's vision of a more meaningful project began to take shape. For several months, the band experimented with new sounds to capture this alluring musical challenge. However, it wasn't until frontman Larry Gast III began researching the 1897 expedition of Swedish explorer Salomon August Andree that the direction of this conceptual project became clear.
As the story took hold in Larry's mind, the rest of band started solidifying the instrumental foundation of the EP. Through the music, the band portrays the events of the arctic expedition from its glorified launch to the eventual death of the crew. Moreover, the lyrics provide an even stronger emotional charge as they elucidate Andree’s growing insanity as he drew closer to his impending death.
Each song on The Journey stands beautiful in isolation; however, the lyrics and music complement each other in a way that can only truly be appreciated by experiencing the album from beginning to end.