A female "Jack" the Ripper.... Vengeful airship pirates.... Survivors and revolutionaries.... A horny hitman.... The devil himself....
These are just some of the memorable characters that populate the vivid lyrics and soundscapes of Mark Rossmore's dark, narrative songs. Performing as Escape the Clouds, he paints rich steampunk stories in tracks distilled from ideas either historical or fictional--and many times both! His music twists together influences from world, industrial, and electronic music into an altogether new palette of sounds and rhythms.
Based out of Pensacola, FL, Mark has crafted three albums and two EPs, and is currently working on his fourth full length album. He has also created soundtracks for a variety of steampunk radio segments and videos. Escape the Clouds has performed live at The Steampunk World's Fair as well as conventions and events throughout the Gulf Coast.
Over the past five years, he's conducted panels on steampunk music, film, history, and creativity at Dragon Con, Steampunk World's Fair, and Pensacon. To compliment his own music, he’s produced multiple original music videos, each of which he created entirely on his own. As an author, he has nearly sixty fiction and nonfiction pieces in print. His steampunk and horror short fiction, essays, and novellas have been included in multiple anthologies such as Steampunk Tales, The Best of Everyday Fiction, Realms of the Undead, Steampunk for Simpletons,, and Penny Dread Tales.
In 2012, he founded the steampunk music community site, Steampunk-Music.com, where he shares the work of many other bands around the world. His work has been nominated five times for Steampunk Chronicle’s Reader’s Choice Awards.
Out in the "real world", he is a licensed pilot and an air traffic controller. His love of aviation runs deep!