Escape The Fate Biography
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Give me a reason…I’ve been waiting for so long. It’s never enough. Escape the Fate is running away. From what?
Singer Ronnie and guitarist Omar both will say failure and irrelevance. And aside from some basic agreements that contemporary rock n’ roll is bad, that’s the last time they’ll agree. Theirs is a combustible, but constructive, discord that propels them away from an end that nips at every band’s heels. This and the gnawing truth that, for rock bands, There Is No Sympathy for the Dead.
“I don’t wanna come off like an asshole,” says outspoken Ronnie, “but we’re gonna be that change in music. I have a vision. I want people to have fun, put their fists in the air.”
Ronnie’s vision is of himself as a jukebox hero playing to arenas packed with fans—many of them horny groupies, that would kill or die for him. And maybe, if they’re lucky, he’ll deign to acknowledge them. “I don’t want to blow the mystery away [by letting fans get too close].” He wants to be the faceless waving hand behind the tinted limo window—“untouchable.” Omar’s is a more upright fantasy: though as appreciative of randy fans as the next guy, he feels a duty to be appreciative and accessible.
What they agree on is that mainstream rock music has become irrelevant, and such insignificance is inversely proportionate to success. Whore yourself out and you hit the jackpot. Stick to your guns and earn the empty wage of creative integrity. WTF? There must be a way to do it right, and for real. Because there is no sympathy for the dead of heart.
“Rock, dude,” says Ronnie. “I want it back. It needs to come back. The music industry now is all about—God, it’s just annoying. It’s not right.”
Escape the Fate knows something about lame entertainment—they’re from Las Vegas. Elton John, Siegfried and Roy, Wayne Newton, Circus Circus and ((((shudder)))) cover bands. Bad buffets. Showgirls wearing smiles like decals. Hotels that look like toys but smell like stale cigarette smoke, Freon, and the double-whammy of old people and unrequited dreams. It’s Warped Tour 2035, where plastic acts go to die and young acts are lucky to get a look. This sun-baked Hell on Earth might be home, but it’s not necessarily hospitable. In order to be successful and relevant, they need to escape.
Except you don’t have to leave town to run away. Sometimes you can avoid your darker destiny by running headlong toward it. Omar tells the story: “Ronnie and Max were in a band and they were doing so good. Then it just died.” They contemplated forming another band, but were wary of a very real possibility: they could die twice. Somebody said “we need to escape the fate.”
As Ronnie and Max were looking for new bandmates, so was guitarist Bryan. Omar, new to Vegas after leaving Hollywood and his band Lovehatehero, met Bryan through MySpace. One day Bryan messaged Omar to say he’d met “two guys that he really liked” and Omar should check them out. “It was Ronnie and Max,” Omar recalls. “It was amazing what they were doing and I couldn’t believe the voice that Ronnie had on him. I knew it was something I couldn’t pass up.” Drummer Robert came in through Ronnie and Max.
It was barely a month before Escape the Fate debuted at the Cheyenne Saloon. With only two weeks notice, the band hit MySpace to promote the show. Their efforts were handsomely rewarded. “We almost sold out,” Omar beams. “It was a 21-and-over show, of all things, and there was probably a good 200 people inside.” It wasn’t just a friends-and-family event; Escape the Fate already had fans—the know-all-the-words kind.
Energized, ETF continued to gig. Arriving at Gameworks for their first all-ages show (as main support for another Vegas band), Ronnie learned “everybody was [there] for us.” Omar, incredulous, went down the line asking fans who they came to see. “Escape the Fate, Escape the Fate, Escape the Fate,” was the answer. “I was like, ho-lee shit,” says Omar. ETF treated the crowd to their trademark captivating, energetic live show and left everyone gasping. “One of the guys that worked there came up and said they’d not seen a crowd go that crazy since Saosin played there last.”
Before long, Escape the Fate were local heroes—rock stars, often being stopped for autographs. They amassed a very large, very devoted local fan base, selling out smaller venues and drawing thousands to larger shows. The overwhelming crowd response led ETF to airplay on 92.3 KOMP, and the volume of calls necessitated two ETF spins in one show, which a station rep says “has never happened before.” And in September, Escape the Fate won a contest sponsored by X107.5. The prize was opening for My Chemical Romance. Shortly thereafter, the band was contacted and signed by Epitaph’s Brett Gurewitz, who promptly had them craft the EP and an as-yet-untitled album slated for a winter release.
About that EP: There Is No Sympathy for the Dead is a symphony of many things. Combustible-constructive discord. A frustrated type-A, caffeine-addicted firecracker of a singer who longs for fame like an orphan wishes his parents were still alive. Add an equally hungry guitarist with a measured intensity and gracious sensibility and three more guys just as starved. Press “record.”
In the first 22 seconds of the first song (“Dragging Dead Bodies In Blue Bags Up Really Long Hills”), you hear the history of Escape the Fate. A taut snare roll (the sound of something about to burst) underscores tense, cutting octave chords (clarion concerns clamoring for attention). This unravels into tom-tom drubbing not unlike a 10-move Mortal Kombat kombo that gives way to a brief double-kick-drum blast and a final, ominously ringing chord. (Wait…wait…) Then, one-two-three-four—unh! A sinewy guitar run, another quick double-bass salvo, and ETF is locked in, driving toward and away from fate as Ronnie tells their story: “Not fictiooooon…”
Truly, there is no clear narrative—this song and the others could be about many things (ETF likes it that way). There is only the implicit confidence of a young band in a full-tilt sprint away from failure and irrelevance. Simultaneously, this impetuous, intelligent mélange of metal and arena rock shows Escape the Fate running straight for rock stardom, making rock what it used to be...
I was annoyed that Escape The Fate didn't have a biography so I simply copy and pasted the biography from their website so people could atleast read something about them.
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Awesome-ness | Reviewer: Molly C. | 3/27/13
Escape the Fate is the most amazing band I have ever listened to!! I can't wait to go to a concert of theirs! <3 I love them so much. Not just because of them being freaking hott, but also because their music has saved my friends life!! I am very thankful that ETF is still strong after everything that has happened! they are back and better than ever. Their new songs are amazing. So are they but you know ;)
Yup. | Reviewer: Devynne Eldridge | 8/3/11
I'm just gonna say it. ETF is better with Craig. I still like Ronnie, but he's better in FiR. And as for people saying he's sexy.. uh okay. he looks like a burnout but whatever. Lol. I'm for the new ETF.
whoa. | Reviewer: Sierra | 9/14/10
I've listened to escape the fate for a few years now.
all I've got to say is that they're drop dead amazing.
I honestly don't think Craig has enough talent to fit the pinkie of Ronnie Radke's.
it's a shame Ronnie's no longer apart of my favorite band but I'm still a huge fan.
keep it up, ronnie. :)
RONNIE RADKE'S NEW BAND! | Reviewer: Phyllis | 4/21/10
Has anyone heard Ronnie's new band yet? their band name is Falling in Reverse/From Behind These Walls. they have an amazing song called Listen Up. Craige is ok, but i think they should go back to Ronnie<3 i mean yea, Escape the Fate is still amazing but still. Check out Ronnie's new band if your still a big fan of his!
escapethefate8) | Reviewer: emofox | 11/2/09
hey, i luv etf im 14 and i luv etf i n every song by them they are my absoulutly positivly fav band i want to see them in concert but my momo hate scremo music i hate her anyways ronjnie is the sexiest guy on freakin earth i want him i wanna be his gf id do anythig for him 8)
fuckin love this band! | Reviewer: sara | 6/6/09
oMFG! i love this band!!!! they are my absolute most favorie in the whole world...i know every word to every song......i have all their t-shirts and i listen to them every time i can!<3333 ronnie is so fuckin hot!
Ronnie Radke | Reviewer: xxHorribleMusicianxx | 4/7/09
Ronnie is awesome; I love his voice so much and his attitude is hilarious, although sometimes a bit irritating. He sometimes should take less risk. But it's him, and I adore him for living like himself.
ETF is a band that many beginners may follow.
ronnie | Reviewer: yoyo36912151 | 3/9/09
omgf i love etf i first started liting to them when i was 12 and i bought there cd and i litin to them in the shower and stuff they rock my socks and flip my flops i wish i could be ronnies gf he is like so hot and i would do anything for him omg he is so hot
RONNIE vs. craig | Reviewer: pampiksz | 3/1/09
i love both of them, but craigy has the higher voice than ronnie... Actualy, ronie's voice is more good but not kinda high unlike craig...But ETF became better when craig step in the band...And for me, Ronnie has the better personality bec. craig is saying to much bad things bout ronnie...RONNIE is KIND if he did not abused the drugs..
i hate BTF!!!!!
Craig sucked there...
Stupid | Reviewer: mrs.sprinkles | 11/13/08
okay..i like love this band..but seriously..wtf is wrong wth ronnie?!?! no wonder he's in jail!!! (or was) but he said all that god stuff is getting annoying...who the fuck says that in an interview..stupid ass
Eddayyyy! | Reviewer: Ed Boden | 10/26/08
I have to admit, I love their new album. I used to be disgusted by their mere existence, but Craig just works better for what they wanted to sound like. Funny thing is, I hated blessthefall with Craig. I guess Craig found a Band that fits him.
holy shiznit | Reviewer: Abbie | 10/7/08
im more or less an addict to this kind of angst.
when my fixation was MCR, that lasted for eight months. kinda lameass, but they were my favorite band for eight straight months just because of one album. then i got into anime, and my one year anniversary for Naruto is coming up... but i have not liked a band so instantaneously since MCR. the lyrics are insane and when i heard ronnies voice, i think the teensy, eetsy little bit of 'i still watch spongebob' in me died of a stroke.
not a fan of craig, not since ive been feeding off of ronnies voice like it was life support. sorry, craig. you cannot fill ronnie radke's shoes. nuh uh.
escape the fate blows my mind. theyre not little scenekids the way some comments say. theyre legit about the music they make. monuments should be erected in their honor.
(and i hate to say this, but that underworld growling really gets under my skin. im all for screamo, but that stuff is CAH-REEPY! itd be awesome to see in concert, though, just to see the way everyone would react to such insanity.)
to sum up this long as butt comment, i love escape the fate. so much. ronnie is my lover.
the bestest band in existance | Reviewer: Hayley | 9/20/08
escape the fate are the best.
thats all i can say to sum them up basically.
and no im not a retarded little kid who loves them only for their looks.
i love them for their music.
when they came to australia they were amazing.
after the show i talked to max and robert. they are the kindest people i have ever met.
i dont care what people here think about craig. he has helped this band so much lately. they told me themselves.
yes ronnie is extreamly talented, but hes also a dickhead.
i mean smart people dont get there asses thrown in jail for 4 years.
i do miss ronnie, but move on man.
i know craig's voice doesnt sound like ronnies but it is just as good.
i mean listen to 'rise up' by blessthefall.
that song is great!
i think everyone should give craig some slack. its not easy trying to fit into a band where they already had such a huge fan base for the former members.
as i said before,
escape the fate are the best.
Amazing they are. | Reviewer: Ben Lenderman | 1/29/08
Escape The Fate, is a fun, energetic band that I love.
I've seen them in concert quite a few times and plan on seeing them a whole bunch more.
The MOSH pits at their shows are off the chain.
Their guitarists are amazing with their skills. Specifically in Situations where they do some arpeggios.
these guys suck | Reviewer: nick | 12/2/07
honestly.. your like a bunch of 12 yr old girls that are gay.i mean how old are you guys? this crap sounds like somethin a 14 yr old girl would write on the back of her diary cus she thought it was deep or poetic. ETF are nothing new.
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