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Celebrity Role Model

by The Escape Engine

The powerful blend of punk and rock music is breaking barriers with the highly anticipated debut album, Celebrity Role Model, from New Jersey based band, The Escape Engine. Alternative Press Magazine Augusst 2003 gave the band a 5 STAR rating.
Genre: Rock: Emo
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1. Intro
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2. Welcome To The Conversation
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3. This Jagged Alibi
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4. The Six Month Accident
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5. A Lesson In Futility
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6. The Curse (The Gift and...)
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7. Transparent
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8. Weapon Of Choice
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9. Thoughts On Courage
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10. Joining The Club
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11. Celebrity Role Model
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12. In This Serenade
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Album Notes
Emerging from New Jersey, a state that has more toxic waste dumps than any one state in the nation, The Escape Engine is more than just a band, they are an emotional evoker of driving sound in the indie/punk scene.

The Escape Engine is an artistic collaboration of high energy, enthralling musicians who joined forces with intense passions for writing, creating, and performing music. By coalescing the echo of the music they grew up on, members of The Escape Engine subtlety reveal a piece of themselves in every song.

Progressive guitar sounds, profound and melodic lyrics, and strong forceful rhythms permeate this powerful band. With a dynamic range that is impressive, captivating, and powerful, lead singer Dom Lettera exhibits just how consuming the music is through his energetically intoxicating stage presence. Lead guitarist George Leontaris is a staple in The Escape Engine's song writing and musical development with a surge of tainted guitars and a direct approach to exploring leads and melodies that induce a broad range of emotions. Layering the music is the crushing rhythms of Arizona transplant Kevin B. Robbins, pummeling the listener with fiery distortion and intensely paranoid strings. The solid and driving sound of classically trained bassist Amanda Klimek erupts in manic interplay and maintains the intense steadiness in each of the songs. Backing all of this talent is hard-hitting drummer John Fitzpatrick, commonly known for his commanding percussion and ear-numbing rhythms.

The Escape Engine's exuberance and energy is exhilarating, bridging the gap between audience and performer. Thriving in a live environment, the band captures their audience with their eruption of explosive energy and envelops them into the intense lyrics and powerful sounds.

The band's debut album titled Celebrity Role Model displays their depth and versatility. Opening with a surreal atmospheric "Intro", the backdrop is set for an album that progressively transforms into a contagious punk-charged roller coaster. Sonic blasts of the strong-armed songs such "A Lesson In Futility," and "The Curse (The Gift And...)" pave the way for the band to emphasize variety as it roars back in a shrewd frenzy of intellectual substance found in "This Jagged Alibi," "Welcome To The Conversation," and "Weapon Of Choice."

A new era is beginning for The Escape Engine. Opening a door to worlds not yet explored, Celebrity Role Model takes its listener down a path that they may never return from.

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wonkavisionmagazine.com | August 2003

The Escape Engine is definitely a band worth listening to.
Screamo? Emocore? Emo violence? If you are like many people, you've heard all these terms thrown about and you've been left to wonder just what the hell they all are. Well friends, today I bring you the answer. All of those words really mean just one thing; The Escape Engine. With booming bass and drums, guitars that bridge the gap between evil and angelic, and a voice which seems oddly reminiscent of that voice in your head that always laughs at you and tells you to do mean things to people, The Escape Engine will have you laughing, screaming, crying, and trying to kill your parents, all in the same song. Sometimes melodic, sometimes bone-crushingly brutal, sometimes soulful and sometimes chaotic, The Escape Engine is definitely a band worth listening to. If you like Finch, or The Used, or anything along those lines, The Escape Engine will take you away into a land of musical devotion where you can't help but live, eat and breath this band, spending every waking moment smashing everything around you in an emotionally charged fit of rage, and letting the sweet sounds of emotional bliss lull you into a quiet, restful sleep come nightfall. The Escape Engine is definitely a band which knows itself, knows it's sound and knows where it's headed, and anybody who even takes a passing interest in rock and roll should take a look at this band and pick up Celebrity Role Model at the nearest record store.
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glittergrrrls.com | July 2003

"Celebrity Role Model" kicks some serious ass.
Call them indie, punk, emo or hardcore and all of these genres of music can describe them. They are The Escape Engine, a band from New Jersey and their debut album, "Celebrity Role Model" kicks some serious ass. Dom Lettera proves he doesn’t even need music behind him to deliver emotion-driven lyrics. In "Welcome to the Conversation" he carries on the song without music in the background. This cd is one that will definitely have heavy rotation in my cd player. With a million and one bands out there that feel the need to be labeled "indie" or "punk" or "emo," its awesome to have a band that can skip between genres so effortlessly. Added bonus (for me anyway) : The bass player’s name is Amanda Kiemick and my name is Katie Kiedyk....we rhyme!
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fullthrottlemusic.com | August 2003

Excellent. That’s the only way to describe The Escape Engine’s Celebrity Role Mo
Excellent. That’s the only way to describe The Escape Engine’s Celebrity Role Model. Hardcore and heavy, and very melodic, there really isn’t any new ground broken on Celebrity Role Model, but The Escape Engine do it so well. When bands like this connect(think of Dead Poetic, A Static Lullaby, Thrice) the music can be cathartic and amazing, but so much hardcore can also come off as repetitive and unfocused. The great trick on Celebrity Role Model is that the songs get better with each listen; these aren’t verse/chorus/verse songs that you’ll get after one or two times. Instead, songs like "A Lesson in Futility" are more complex, starting at a slow burn and moving to an explosive climax; vocalist Dom Lettera can really belt it out, and it won’t be long before you’re shrieking right along with him. "Transparent" is a cool little interlude that provides a break in the middle of the album, and segues into the rolling, rumbling drums of "Weapon Of Choice." Other highlights include the title track and the up-tempo punked out first single "This Jagged Alibi." The final conclusion: this is a record that connects on every level, seek it out and you’ll know.
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Alternative Press Magazine | August 2003

FIVE STARS! follow up feature in September Issue
Five Stars
WHO? Emotionally tinged New Jersey hardcore band whose first video was shot by Darren Doane (Jimmy Eat World, Snapcase).
SOUNDS LIKE? Boy Sets Fire before the major-label bucks spoiled 'em-urgent, impassioned and brutal hardcore, that's built for sing-alongs.
HOW IS IT? Simply put, this is an amazing debut from a band we're guessing you're going to be hearing a lot more about.
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