This Way to the EGRESS
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This Way to the EGRESS

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | SELF

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2008
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"MP3 at 3PM"

"This Way To The Egress released Onward! Up A Frightening Creek on September 22. That album title certainly has a lot of personality, and it follows through on “See No Evil,” - Magnet

"New Album Release- This Way to the EGRESS"

"While reminding us of Tom Waits, This Way to the EGRESS impresses with their own absolute relentless energy, versatility and voice, while their live shows are insurmountably entertaining" - Glide Magazine

"Song Of The Week"

"An absolutely essential band for lovers of musical eclecticism, with fun guaranteed." - The Velvety

"Left Of The Dial"

There’s a certain ethereal alchemy to the work of This Way to the EGRESS, built around a series of mesmerizing movements that highlight the unrestrained passion and thought they bring to their music. - Joshua Pickard

"Song of the Day: "We Won't Go""

“Picking up where bands like Gogol Bordello left off, This Way to the EGRESS turns in a madcap take on the underrated gypsy-jazz-old-time-punk drinking songs.” – KDHX - KDHX Radio

"Reverbnation Artist Spotlight"

"This Way to the EGRESS is a fusion of many things, all of which are worldly." - Shutter 16 Magazine

"A 3 course meal: This Way to the EGRESS"

“EGRESS unabashedly grabbed our hands and maniacally frolicked us out of ourselves and into their chaotically composed carnie-swing orchestration.” – TriState Indie - Tri - State Indie

"Steampunks at Sea"

"It is tenderly affecting that with This Way to the Egress, pretty much anything goes" - Alan Feuer- The New York Times

"From the left of the dial"

With the release of recent single "We Won’t Go," the band makes one more assertion as to their relevance in an overly homogenous musical marketplace. -

"The Daily Krapht"

"A lively and fun drinking song with a chorus even the inebriated can sing along with. Kick up your heels and dance along, we dare you to sit still through this one." —Kerriann Curtis - WordKrapht - Wordkrapht

"Pennsylvania Punks bring Circus to the Stage"

"This Way to the Egress has a unique and eclectic sound in a generation of Auto-Tuned pop. They are a complete and total breath of fresh air " - The Beacon- Laura Preby

"Slug Magazine"

“They are part circus vaudevillians, part trickster brats and they put on an absolutely amazing performance worthy of Tom Waits. This is a band you need to know about.” -SLUG Magazine (Arizona) - by Madelyn Boudreaux

"Explore the Arts ~This Way to the Egress"

"If you like Tom Waits, Gogol Bordello, Danny Elfman or anything outside of the mainstream, you'll wanna check them out." - The Kennedy Center

"A Year in Review"

"I never realized how much I loved this style of music until I saw This Way to the Egress perform. An amazing band, and so full of pure passion with their music you cannot help but to dance" - Coma Music Magazine

"This Way to the Egress' new Website Launch"

" This Way to the Egress is composed of talented musicians, that have a unique experimental style, they play an accordion-driven modern take on gypsy music that is quirky but nonetheless entertaining. They are the hidden gem" - Slacker Generation, LLC


"This Way to the Egress pumps energy that a ska band would be proud of into songs seamlessly composed of jazz, blues, vaudeville, klezmer, incandescent circus sounds and the occasional hints of pirate attitude and an honest-to-PT Barnum-punk spitfire piss & vinegar sensibility." - Sepichord

"Live Review Voltaire's Black Unicorn Tour"

“While each vocalist is enjoyable solo, the harmonies they create as a duo express the more intricate parts of their voices creating an intense captivation with each line.”-Creative Loafing (North Carolina) - Creative Loafing (north Carolina)

"At Mayfair,young Band win contest, fans hearts"

"Young Band wins contest and fans hearts. In its finale performance Monday, the group lived up to its P.T. Barnum-inspired name." - Lehigh Valley Music

"Band of the Week; This Way to the Egress"

This Way to the Egress' audience widely varies, from punks, tattooed people, children and families, theater appreciators, steampunk kids, hipsters more. - The Morning Call Newspaper


Onward Up A Frightening Creek - September 22, 2017

Great Balancing Act-  May, 19th 2015 

Mighty Seed-  May 2013

This Delicious Cabaret-  June 2011



If Tom Waits and Patti Smith made a musical lovechild it might sound a little like EGRESS. Whether you know them as the “dance band to ring in the end of the world with” or by their “raise your spirit, raise a glass and drop a beat” attitude, they will leave their mark on you. EGRESS is equal parts unruly vaudeville, ebullient world-beat and three ring circus all the while playing an amalgamation of worldly genres. They catapult the audience with their rambunctious stage show while generating enough energy to light up a small city.

Formed in 2008, This Way to the EGRESS is a 6-piece accordion led ensemble hailing from Bethlehem, PA. comprised of Taylor Galassi (lead vocals, accordion, piano); Sarah Shown (vocals, piano, violin); John Wentz (tuba, backup vocals); Joe Lynch (trombone, backup vocals); Jaclyn Kidd (guitar, banjo) and Nick Pecca (drums and percussion) Together they form a tapestry of worldly influences and an alchemy of sounds modern and past, familiar and forgotten. Hailing from a wide variety of musical backgrounds with a diverse array of influences, EGRESS crafts intricately arranged audible cocktails which will be sure to make you move.

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