2012 was a busy year for Cincinnati’s The Getaway. They spent much of their time on the Midwest road promoting their new album “Set The Night On Fire” which was released in June of 2012. They also continue to spend a good amount of time on college radio where their new album peaked at #27 on the CMJ charts. After being named “Unsigned Artist of the Month” by Alternative Press Magazine they then worked on licensing their music with major television networks such as MTV, E! Network, Oxygen, A&E, and the Discovery Channel. But as busy as 2012 was, 2013 is sure to be even busier!
These pop rockers will be hitting the road again in March for their performance at the South by Southwest festival, one of the U.S.’s biggest music festivals. They’re poised to continue promoting the new album into the summer of 2013 where talks of a new album may begin.
It’s been a long life-road filled with ups and downs for these three small town guys that make up the heart & soul of The Getaway. For guitarist Alex Wheatley, it started at birth where he was born legally blind and diagnosed with Type II Albinism. “I saw a million doctors as a kid who all said the same thing to my parents… prepare for the worst,” shares the guitarist. Wheatley, who now has near normal vision, credits his doctor defying vision to “a lot of luck and a lot of love.” Drummer Nate Staggs, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2006, was given a 30% chance of living. “I remember it like it was yesterday”, Staggs explains in reaction to his diagnosis, “It was such a shock, to be honest. The only thing I thought about was how devastated my mom was going to be. I had no idea of what I was in for. Heck, I didn’t even know how chemo worked.” After undergoing twelve months of intense chemotherapy, Staggs finally battled off cancer for good and is now in remission. As a result, he’s been left with two replaced hips and two metal shoulders. “I just consider them war wounds of sorts,” Staggs jokes.
“Hard work, talent, and an overall driving will to achieve is what this band is made of. That’s why we feel our success will only grow from here,” says an upbeat Phil Dunn. “We’ve only just begun to really reach our potential and now that we know how to harness it, we feel the sky is the limit.”
“Set The Night On Fire” is an album that’s infused with rock and littered with pop hooks. Phil Dunn’s vocals are both soaring and sincere, ranging from the seductive “Test Our Bodies” to the heartfelt ballad “Come Back To Me.” With a dance feel rhythm section and the band’s staple piano riffs, The Getaway have set themselves apart from the masses and are ready for the national spotlight. The most highlighted tracks on this album come from the title track “Set The Night On Fire”, the playful “Test Our Bodies”, and the sincere piano rock jam “Save My Life” which was featured in The Big One Magazine.
The band has also just released an alternative version of their song “Say Yes”. The acoustic full band version is now available everywhere in the digital realm. This is actually the original version the song was written as, and the guys are stoked to share it. “This is the version we originally envisioned for this song,” Nate Staggs expressively says. “It’s a heartfelt ballad that really hits home with people that know they’ve found their counterpoint in someone else.” This single marks the first release for the band this year with much more to come! Be on the lookout for The Getaway in a city near you in 2013!