Introduction to Escape/ism by Escape/ism isn-t a typical record. Oh, sure, it looks like one, with a label in the center and mysterious grooves etched on a sleek, black disc that glints in the light with a perverse air of knowing treachery. But this disc is different. Why_ Because it-s the first @solo@ record by Ian Svenonius / of groups The Make/Up, Chain ^ the Gang, XYZ, Weird War, etc. / and as such, it-s profound, prophetic, perverse, and poetic... It-s introverted glitter, violence against the state, obsessive desire< it stomps on convention, shreds constitutions, clobbers pre/conceived notions of what a record can be. A drum box, a guitar, a cassette player, and a single slobbering, sinful voice singing out... for a way out. Live, it-s a new paradigm of performance> raw, gestural, idiotic, sublime, revolutionary, poetic, faux naA?f, unknowing, a drainage pipe that leads to who knows where. Escape/ism-s Introduction to Escape/ism isn-t ju st the soundtrack for a late/night drive on a lonely interstate, or a platter played to incite abandon at a pajama party with one-s pals. It-s also a tunnel to tomorrow. It-s a mineshaft to the motherlode.