Following the suggestion from Serving Older Teens (Anderson, 2003), I decided to include a few CDs suggested by real live teenagers. Dying Is Your Latest Fashion is the first album by Escape the Fate. This teen’s favorite bands also included Tokio Hotel, Blessthefall, Alesana, Paramore and Cute Is What We Aim For. I have included it in the database because Escape the Fate is her favorite.
Band: Escape The Fate
OCLC Number: 76789051
City and Producer: Los Angeles: Epitaph
Copyright Date: 2006
Band’s Website: http://www.escapethefate.net/
Tracklist: 1. The Webs We Weave 2. When I Go Out, I Want To Go Out On A Chariot Of Fire 3. Situations 4. The Guillotine 5. Reverse The Curse 6. Cellar Door 7. There’s No Sympathy For The Dead 8. My Apocalypse 9. Friends And Alibis 10. Not Good Enough For Truth In Cliche 11. The Day I Left The Womb
Critical Evaluation: Escape The Fate makes angsty hard rock. Driving, grinding guitars support Radke’s tortured screaming. The album also has elements derived from the post-punk pop groups of the mid 90s. Dying Is Your Latest Fashion is an album reminiscent of work by System of a Down or Korn, with a little less hardcore soul and a little more emotional torment.
Interest Age: 12 and up
Curriculum Ties: Examining song lyrics is a great way to introduce teens to poetry. While Escape The Fate may not write with delicate symbolism, their lyrics express a great deal of emotion.
Booktalking (CD Talking) Ideas: Playing teens snippets of the actual songs is a good way to peak their interest.
Influences from Other Genres: Post-Hardcore, Metalcore, Screamo
Challenge Issues: Although Escape The Fate’s sound is hard, their lyrics are quite tame. Most songs deal with pain, love, and disappointment in a non-graphic manner. Having the lyrics available to look over would be a good way to show that the content is not objectionable, as well as assisting parents in determining if the material is suitable for their own children.
About the Band: The members of Escape The Fate met on MySpace, and the band signed to Epitaph after winning a contest to open a show for the band My Chemical Romance. Two of the original members, Ronnie Radke and Omar Espinosa, have left the band. Espinosa left for personal reasons, and Radke’s trouble with the law (including a conviction for battery) made his participation in tours impossible. (More details at http://www.escapethefate.net/escape_the_fate.html)