The musical style of Escape Goat was first conceived by Neil Jackson, years before he crossed the Atlantic and into Canada from Belfast, Northern Ireland. In March of 2016, Neil partnered with Erin Dobbin and the pair began to evolve Neil’s original ideas. Later that year, Kyle Anderson added a much needed dose of live drumming to the group, and in February 2017, BC import Scott Renton completed the lineup to create a full-fledged band.
Their music sounds a bit like Faith No More mixed with Primus and Alice in Chains. Or is it Black Sabbath mixed with Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rush? Perhaps we sound like Les Claypool playing guitar, John Frusciante playing bass, Ice-T playing drums, and Bill Ward on vocals? Or maybe, as Alan Cross has suggested, “Kinda Chili Peppers, Kinda Zappa, Kinda Primus.”
Their New Year’s Eve show, this year, kicked off 2020 as the band’s year of renewal. With a new EP in the works, due sometime this spring, Escape Goat is ready to leave the tendon tears and broken wrists of 2019 behind them and get back carving out their space in Edmonton’s music scene, a space where funk meets alternative rock and trombone meets distorted guitars.