If the past is a foreign country, then Exit Calm have a past worth exploring.
After only two months together and one raw, visceral demo, the band were playing Tokyo’s Liquid Rooms; a gig that gave Stone Roses bassist Mani, cause to label them “proper fuckin’ music”. The band haven’t looked back since.
Incendiary live show followed incendiary live show as the band brought their uplifting, ethereal sound across the UK and into Europe. Sold out dates throughout the country have seen the band share the stage with groups as diverse as The Charlatans, Modest Mouse, Echo & The Bunnymen and Soulsavers, along the way developing a loyal fan base, which play their own part in making Exit Calm gigs an epic experience.
With soaring, widescreen guitar layers, deep heady grooves and front-man Nicky Smith’s primal delivery, echoes of musical heroes such as Elbow, Doves, Unkle, The Verve and Spiritualized are undeniable, yet Exit Calm’s output is incomparably unique and in a class of its own. This is a band that once seen, leave no doubt in belief, coming alive on stage and evoking an atmosphere of epic proportions.
After three sold out vinyl singles, the release of their self-titled LP in 2010 was the culmination of three years hard work. Aggressive but not confrontational, focused but not myopic and melodic rather than pop, Exit Calm was an album that had to be made. The majestic beauty of ‘Don’t look down’, the massive attack-drive of ‘Forgiveness’ and the soaring call to arms of ‘Hearts and Minds’ all invoke the spirit of the band’s influences, at the same time standing alone as a unique statement of intent.
The album has garnered much praise. Upon hearing it, Todd Eckhart (producer, ‘Control’) said: “Pure Genius – the assembly of iron and wood because temples must be made. And the avoidance of all that whiny, sexless bullshit passing for rebellion at the moment.” And his is not alone. Huw Stephens (Radio 1) said the band is “Truly Epic”, Guitarist Magazine described the album as “A sonic and soulful masterpiece.”, Inspiral Carpets/XFM’s Clint Boon declared: “file under the greatest rock bands of all time”. Both Radio 1 (Zane Lowe) and Radio 2 (Janice Long) have supported the band’s releases, and the band performed on the Janice Long live session in 2012.
But it’s not all about the past with Exit Calm. Recent live shows have seen the debut of the modern- baggy-meets-grunge anthem blow out of ‘The Rapture’; the breakbeat-tinged fury of ‘Albion’ and the melodic, Bunnymen guitars and groove of ‘Fiction’. In the current era of disposable heroes, Exit Calm tread a different path. From a band who simply list their influences as three legendary record labels, their output invokes the same classic approach to music as Creation Records. They bring the euphoria and hedonism of Factory to the progressive, with the forward thinking ideals of Mo Wax, producing music with heart, style and integrity.
Exit Calm’s second album is due for release on the 23rd September 2013.