Flawless Escape: The Sun Also Rises On Dudes In Polo Shirts

Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to sheaserrano@gmail.com.

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There are a few gents around these parts that, if they recommend that a band should be knighted as Artist of the Week, it's going to happen. There is no arguing. Their word is ice. Having one of these individuals co-sign for you is like having LeBron co-sign for you at a pick-up game.

Flawless Escape, who originally got started in College Station came to us via that means. And with good measure too. They're a funky, unapologetically energetic gaggle of brosephs that exist somewhere in between pop-punk and New Wave. It also helps a ton that their enthusiasm for making their own brand of music is just as prevalent as their desire to be good at it.

So we reached out to Riz, native Houstonian and FE drummer, to talk about Ernest Hemmingway, Disney and mathematical ratios. Fun, fun, fun.

Rocks Off: Real quick, for those not familiar with Flawless Escape, tell everyone all about your history. Oh, but let's do it Hemmingway-style. You're only allowed to use six words.

Riz: The universe works, don't fight it.

RO: If you could only ever play one song for the rest of Flawless Escape's career, would it be "Shadows" or "Different Circles"? It has to be that, right?

R: Neither. We'd choose 'Engagement" off of the forthcoming EP release (due out in October). Consequently, it was the namesake for our latest national tour that carried us through the southwest and So-Cal. Honestly, we haven't played "Different Circles" in a looooong time.

RO: Sounds killer. Any shows in particular that Flawless Escape brought the roof down on?

R: Band favorite, hands down: The Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, Calif. Best show we've ever played. We are headed back there in November. So stoked.

RO: Is there a backstory to the name? There has to be one, right? Nobody would just pick "Flawless Escape" out of thin air.

R: Well, I'd love to tell you a story about running from the 5-0 or a very strange night involving illicit drugs - we may or may not have those. But it's really a lyric from a song by He Is Legend called "The Walls Have Teeth." You should read the lyrics and take what you will.

For us, it means that you can come hang out at a rock show, take your head off and forget all the bullshit and stress that is waiting for you as soon as you leave. Have an amazing time and make a "Flawless Escape" from reality.

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