This one’s for the money. I recently had the chance to sit down with Escape The Fate front man Craig Mabbitt at the Philadelphia stop of the band’s groundbreaking co-headlining tour with Falling In Reverse. The Bury The Hatchet Tour could not be named more appropriately. Escape The Fate and Falling In Reverse have been engaging in one of music’s biggest feuds over the last few years. Finally, both bands decided to bury the hatchet and give the fans what the want – a co-headlining tour across the country. Craig and I got down to the heart and soul of the tour, their music, and much more. The band has big plans for the summer, and Mabbitt himself is finishing up work on a new Dead Rabbitts album, accompanied by TJ Bell.
Escape The Fate released their first effort with lead vocalist Craig Mabbitt in 2008, This War Is Ours. The album hit #35 on the Billboard Top 200 and sold over 13,000 copies in it’s first week of sales. The band toured in support of the album with Chiodos and Silverstein. Their 2010 self-titled follow-up debuted at #25 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on Billboard Hard Rock Albums. Legendary guitarists Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe and John 5 of Rob Zombie each co-wrote a song on the album. In the summer of 2011, the band toured on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. That fall, the band secured a slot at the 48 Hours Festival in Las Vegas.
In 2012, the band toured with Attack Attack! on the This World Is Ours Tour, and that same year they signed with Eleven Seven Music. In 2013, they released their fourth studio LP, Ungrateful, which landed at #27 on the Billboard Top 200. This year, the band has toured with the likes of Papa Roach, Otherwise, Hollywood Undead, and more. The band just wrapped up The Wrong Side of Heaven Tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Miss May I, and Gemini Syndrome. Back in November, Escape The Fate mounted a month-long European run, ending with two Vans Warped Tour Europe dates on November 23 and November 24. – by Matt Bishop