The Near Escape

December 28, 2007 § Leave a comment

by Jack Pilgrim
All Asia Bar, January 2007

I went to see The Near Escape play at the All Asia Bar in Cambridge not knowing what to expect other than a sax player in a rock band – which has unfortunately fallen largely out of mode in recent history.

When I arrived they were already on stage (I was a bit late due to train station construction), and while the current song unfolded to me, my eye was drawn to Phil, the lead singer. Now this fellow was a rock star – complete with sunglasses, loose tie, wisecracks between songs, a smoking habit, and a whole lot of stage presence. While the rest of the band seemed more concentrated on musical energy than physical energy, Phil was grabbing imaginary fistfuls of their tight rhythmic lines and punching the air with them on the beat. After getting a load of the exemplary frontman, I turned my attention to the music itself.

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Xander Singh

December 28, 2007 § Leave a comment

by Phil Pilgrim

All Asia Bar, January 2007

We’re standing in the darkness of an open lot next to the All Asia Cafe, where we’ve each just played a set. Some sort of AIDS benefit is setting up, selling penis-shaped cookies for 50 cents each, and although to the outsider observer it would look like some sort of yuppie drug deal is underway, I’m really interviewing Xander Singh. He is very concerned that his “hair should look good for the readers”.

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