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"Foley Entertainment Inc. reviews The Getaways"

Dear Mike & The Getaways, Thanks for submitting the material for the evaluation.

I enjoyed the songs very much. You scored VERY well and rarely do unsigned & indie artists score a "5" in Production.
So congrats to you and Kory for a job well done!

The writing, vocals, musicianship and delivery are also of the highest level.
To give you insight to the scoring scale above, the majority of artists score in the 2.5 to 3.5 range in the various categories. Whenever an artist sees a 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3 or 3.5 as a score in a certain category (or categories) it means that's an area I feel they need to improve and develop. When an artist sees 4, 4.5 or 5 as their score in a category, it's a validation from a professional, confirming that the songs are of the highest level and show strong potential in the ultra-competitive music industry. To really raise the bar, every artist should work hard to earn a 4.5 or 5 in every category. It's a very competitive business and people averaging in the 3's (or less) will probably not get too far without a great deal of improvement and development. I don't give out 4's and 5's easily, so any of those you see, you have earned. Well done! One thing to keep in mind, at least for your songs designated as "Singles" (the songs geared towards winning over radio stations, record company executives and music publishers) - try to keep Intros under 10 seconds and try to reach the Chorus between the 40 and 43 second mark. If it's 44 seconds or longer into a song and the Chorus did not kick in yet, you should edit the arrangement accordingly. In rap music, the chorus can come in at the 55 to 59 second mark, since the verses are traditionally longer, compared to pop and rock music. Radio, Record Company and Music Publishing executives pay close attention to song arrangement, as they decide if an artist is developed enough for them to show interest. For a free resource of helpful information, I encourage you to visit the "Press & Media" section of my Web site, www.FoleyEntertainment.com. You will see links to several television interviews I've done, which are filled with advice and tips that may be of help to you. If you only have the time to watch one of the clips, I'd say the most informative is titled: "Poughkeepsie Live - Second Appearance" - from Time Warner Cable Television in New York. If you are trying to gain the attention of record companies, music publishers, booking agents or top managers, make sure your game plan includes radio promotion, publicity, lots of gigs, Internet marketing and CD sales, at the minimum. Just having a great CD and live show are no longer enough in today's music business. You have to show industry executives you have a product that has been marketed successfully on the local or regional level. - Dr. Eugene Foley


"The Getaways (Rams Head Live 2008 Review)"

"Songs like “8:15" channel the energy expected from music of the genre, but “Tonight” - a personal favorite - and “Fracture” bear a fierce, heavy tone delivered perfectly by Michael Altner’s strong voice and Austin McBride’s thundering drums. Guitarist Matt Higgins and bassist Brent McBride - the only one who carried genuine stage presence through the entire show - have clearly been playing music since they were in diapers, as they pulled the small, local band together with such extraordinary professionalism, making The Getaways a strikingly good band with a great sound." - Music As A Metaphor


Discography

As The City Sleeps - EP (2009)
The Boldest Thought- EP (2010)

As The City Sleeps is currently licensed with ESPN

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Early in 2008, The Getaways began strumming tunes and singing their hearts out in the local scene with hopes of making something of their music. Through a couple lineup changes, The Getaways behold the most solid roster yet: with Mike Altner at the microphone, Matt Higgins and Danial Mason weilding the axes, Brent McBride carrying the bottom end, and Austin McBride on the drums, this band embedded their distinctive synth-laden melodies into the very minds of fans and friends over the years.

Now in 2010, this group of Maryland-based rockers have accomplished and achieved more than most local bands can say, with no intention of slowing down. Up and down the Mid-Atlantic region, along with playing all of the major venues in the Baltimore area, the band has shared bills and directly supported noteworthy acts such as We The Kings (S-Curve Records), Jeffree Star (Popsicle Records), Mayday Parade (Atlantic Records), and Dev (Universal Republic) just to name a few.

The band's debut EP, "As The City Sleeps", was self-released on May 15, 2009, and ported to iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, Amazon, and many other online digital distribution retailers as of September 1, 2009. Produced by Kory Gable (Senses Fail, The Dangerous Summer, Mercy Mercedes) at Pin Up Recording, the record documents the very synthrock foundation the band built on for their second, more rhythmic release, "The Boldest Thought", which busted out of the gates more than a year later, on July 24, 2010.

Between the two releases, The Getaways have been featured in Substream Magazine, on Baltimore's 98 Rock (97.9 FM) radio station, and even signed a licensing deal with ESPN to have four songs off the first record featured during the 2010 Lacrosse season. However, the band's inclusion on the Maryland date of the Vans Warped Tour 2010 and the opportunity to tour the East Coast late in the summer with Just Surrender (Razor & Tie Records) only foreshadows things to come for The Getaways in the future.

We hope to catch you at a show!

Press:

"The Getaways bring great songs, powerful vocals and serious musicianship to the table. This is clearly a group worth watching closely in 2010. 4.5/5 Stars"

--- Eugene Foley / Foley Entertainment, Inc.

"On a serious note, I’m digging The Getaways. They’ve got something solid going on before their time. It’s thoughtful, coordinated, balanced, original. Sounds like the collaborative inspirational elements you would want and expect from the millennial generation..."

-Rams Head Live! The Blog/December Archives

"Songs like “8:15" channel the energy expected from music of the genre, but “Tonight” - a personal favorite - and “Fracture” bear a fierce, heavy tone delivered perfectly by Michael Altner’s strong voice and Austin McBride’s thundering drums. Guitarists Matt Higgins and Danial Mason, and bassist Brent McBride - the only ones who carried genuine stage presence through the entire show - have clearly been playing music since they were in diapers, as they pulled the small, local band together with such extraordinary professionalism, making The Getaways a strikingly good band with a great sound."

-Review from "Music As A Metaphor"/Online Music Blog