Escape Door

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Justin Werner: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Ross Hendler: Bass (acoustic), Bass guitar | Josh Benz: Drums

Genre: Acoustic, Rock

RIYL: Old Man Hands, the Chad Farran Band, Space Shag, Western Collective, Awakening Magic, Jalopy Street Orchestra, 3rd Borough

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Inception: San Diego, 2016

Influences: The Rolling Stones, Funkadelic, The Pixies, Phantogram, Nirvana, Cake, Fink, David Bowie, Radiohead, Johnny Cash


Escape Door is a folk rock trio featuring former Bostonian Justin Werner (Space Shag, 3rd Borough, Western Collective, Awakening Magic), Ross Hendler (Space Shag, 3rd Borough), and Josh Benz (Reed Street Sessions). One of their first recordings was a redo of a solo song called "Without a Bang" that Werner originally wrote for the 2017 Sharon Stone film Running Wild.

"I decided to finish the song because I truly enjoyed the story I started in the songs lyrics," Werner told the Reader, "so I worked with Escape Door to rerecord a full version of 'Without A Bang' as a single release. We put a lot of love into the production and released it February 10, on the same day Running Wild hit theaters."

The group debuted March 11, 2017, at Winstons in Ocean Beach.


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