This Way To The Egress

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Since their start in 2008, EGRESS had been told to find a box in which they could fit themselves; however, one needs a rather large box to fit all six members—and their accordions, tubas, electric guitars, trombones, pianos, and drums. So instead they move forth doing what they do best; cascading onto the stage in a breathtaking explosion of sound and color that’s equal parts unruly vaudeville, ebullient world beat band and three ring circus. The six-person troupe plays a swooning and swinging amalgamation of styles that catapults the audience through time and space with unexpected shifts of styles, costumes and time signatures. Confetti snowstorms, tuba farts, Balinese chanting, fire wielding evangelists, and puppets sweep across the stage creating a jubilant, anything goes atmosphere, anchored by the band’s superlative songwriting skills and sterling musicianship. Accordion, violin and tuba aren’t instruments you usually find fronting a rock band, but This Way to the EGRESS uses them to give the music unexpected textures, while retaining a propulsive beat and generating enough energy to light up a small city. This has led to them being known for their energetic and infectious live shows which parallel their greatest influences such as Primus, Tom Waits, The Flaming Lips, Gogol Bordello, Madonna, Django Reinhardt, Queen, and Die Antwoord. All fluff aside though, you have to hear it to understand it. They are known in their circle as rascals with big hearts and a wild sense of humor. Hailing from Bethlehem, PA, EGRESS was founded in 2008 by front man Taylor Galassi and has been touring nationally as a unit since 2010. This has expanded their reach to the four corners of the country and earning a reputation as “audible pilgrims of the road.” Having played over 400 shows across the U.S. and sailing into international waters in 2013, their continued momentum has established them as a musical powerhouse while building a very enthusiastic and loyal fan base both at home and abroad. Members: Taylor Galassi Sarah Shown John Wentz Zach Martin Jaclyn Kidd Joe Lynch Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.