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Origin Brooklyn, New York, USA
Genres Punk
Years active 2007 – Present
Labels Never Break Down
Associated acts The Best Thing Ever

The Eskalators are a Brooklyn-based steampunk and vegan musical collective, puppeteering ensemble, and experimental street mime troupe formed by Eric Williams in the summer of 2007.[1] The group is known for holding elaborate, public performances, fire poi artistry, and flash mobs on New York City Subway cars without formal written consent from the subway's operator, the MTA.[2]


Eric Williams was driving cross-country with the members of The Best Thing Ever to film a documentary about them. During the middle of the trip, he decided to start his own band to open shows for The Best Thing Ever, and was soon joined by Alec Billig and Jennifer Page of The Best Thing Ever.[3] They played their first show on an escalator at the Mall of America.[citation needed]

The Eskalators released their first recording, Never Break Down, in April 2008. Shortly after, New York City promoter Joe Ahearn approached the band about performing on a subway car before one of his upcoming shows.[4] The Eskalators agreed, and have continued to play subway shows, each centered on a different Subway station and train line.[5]


Active members include:



Year Title Label
2008 Never Break Down Never Break Down Records
2009 Cats & Dogs Living Together Never Break Down Records


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