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This Way to The Egress @ The Fire.

September 24, 2012

Text and images by Matthew Albasi.

As a general rule, when you walk into a bar and you’re greeted by a man in short shorts, high socks, a smoking jacket and glittery glasses, you know it’s going to be a good night. Last Thursday was no exception when This Way to the Egress brought their circus inspired gypsy tunes –and sartorial savvy audience– to The Fire.

If you’ve never seen Egress play live, it is startling to see them take the stage. They are dressed in all manner of attire. They filled the fire’s stage all the way to the back wall. The drummer was barely visible because he was pushed so far back by his bandmates. Accordions, tubas, trombones, violins and banjos all begin to be uncased. It’s intimidating. It’s exciting.

The crowd was a bit sparse, but it was energetic. People were dancing and hooting along to the songs, clapping their hands and kicking their feet. Everyone seemed to be having a good time. Oh yeah, the man in the smoking jacket? He was front and center leading the whole dance.

The bill was rounded with more carnival carnage from Frenchy and the Punk from New York, Hellblinki from North Carolina and The Absinthe Drinkers from Philadelphia.

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