Exit Calm

Exit Calm1In late 2006, Hull born singer-songwriter Nicky Smith responded to an advertisement in Jumbo Records, Leeds, for a band called Blind Shore who were looking for a frontman.[2] Blind Shore were Rob Marshall, Simon Lindley and Scott Pemberton formerly of Barnsley band Lyca Sleep, who had released a couple of singles via a small independent label.[4]

The band quickly began writing songs together in rehearsals, with songs With Angels and Always A Way appearing early on.[2] The band signed to London label Club AC30 in late 2007 and released their debut single Higher Learning in February 2008, which sold out on pre-order.[5] The band toured extensively including support slots with The Music and an appearance at Glastonbury Festival and released their second single We’re On Our Own in November 2008. The band were set to release their debut album, produced by Matt Terry, shortly after.[6] However, the band’s debut album wasn’t released until May 2010,[7] preceded by the single Hearts and Minds. The album was recorded at Miloko Studios in Shoreditch, London, and produced by Paddy Byrne and mixed by Ulrich Schnauss.[8] The band toured the album extensively, including support slots with Modest Mouse and Echo & The Bunnymen.[8] The album was followed by the EP Don’t Look Down.

In January 2013, the band broke a nearly three-year “self imposed exile” with the release of the single The Rapture. The band then released the single When They Rise in August 2013[9] and second studio album The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be in September 2013.[10] The album was streamed online a week prior to its release exclusively by Clash Music. The band played V Festival in August, with headline tours in September[11] and November. The third and final single from the second album Promise was released in January 2014.

Despite debuting new material (including songs The Veil and Footprints) live in September 2014,[12] the band announced their split on 9 March 2015.