Back in 2009 I stumbled upon a 5 piece folk/pop band from Leeds band called Ellen & The Escapades, it was a cold windy day at Leeds Festival, and due to a large night out I found myself clinging onto the side of the BBC Introducing stage.
I’ve been keeping an eye on them ever since and seen them go from strength to strength, winning the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition in 2010 and continuing on to play other top festivals such as Green Man and Bestival. Fast forward to now and they’re about to release their debut album, ‘All The Crooked Scenes’.
Despite their folky sound, there are shades of Fleetwood Mac and a Pink Floyd-ish feel in others, standout tracks include ‘Cast’ and ‘Stonebird’ full of brilliant harmonies, with Ellen’s captivating vocals and simple yet deep lyrics. It’s an album oozing with talent, the recordings are big, and as debut albums go a confident sign of things to come.
Definitely one to watch for the future.
‘All The Crooked Scenes’ is available as a digital download on the 16th of April and on Vinyl and CD in all major retailers from the 23rd.
On Tour in April 2012
15th – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
16th – London – The Lexington ( communion hosted )
17th – Cardiff – Buffalo Bar
18th – Bristol – The Thekla
19th – Birmingham – Hare and Hound
20th – Glasgow – Nice N’ Sleazy
21th – Newcastle – Cluny 2
22th – Manchester – The Castle
23rd – Brighton – The Prince Albert
24th – Reading – South Street Arts Centre
Written by Dom Mernock.