It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to decode music's oddest monikers in order to find a little meaning.
Escape the Fate is a band whose career may actually be pre-destined. The Vegas post-hardcore powerhouse whose fish-to-the-face aggressiveness is laced with some absolutely neck-jarring melodic guitar solos has lived the Hollywood rock and roll story. After winning a radio contest in 2005 for a chance to open for My Chemical Romance, ETF was signed to Epitaph records and the rest is all guitars, groupies and the like.
Simple and idyllic, right? Save for their original lead singer who had to be asked to leave cause he couldn't stay out of jail for things like assault, that is. Other than that, though, it's pretty much the way Bill and Ted would've done it.
The band's name jumped out at Rocks Off from the long list of concerts. Escape the Fate? What fate? What the hell does that mean?
"Escape The Fate is all about/means do what you want, play by your own rules, don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something, believe in yourself, be confident, make your own way, follow your dreams," explains ETF bassist Max Green. "You reap what you sow."
Fate is often defined as, by nature, inescapable. In cultures where fate is an organized concept, the future is written in stone with no chance of it being altered. Even a cursory glimpse through Greek mythology, for example, will load down a reader with hundreds of tales of prophecies trying to be averted, only for the process itself to bring down doom upon the would-be averter.
"Try telling that to me and the rest of my band," said Greene. "I was trying to "escape a fate" of ending up being a zombie or prisoner to the "real" / "working class" world and I was also creating an alternate reality and personality for myself to be reckless and carefree."
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That Greene and Co. have succeeded in the all-American music dream is undeniable. Perhaps the gods can be thwarted after all.
Escape the Fate: Noun. 1) An impossibility; 2) A guitar -olo/primal-scream combination that causes mild euphoria and death; 3) A dream fulfilled despite long odds.
Escape the Fate opens for Bullet for My Valentine at Warehouse Live Saturday, September 18.