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23 Oct

By Ace Ubas

Brooklyn’s Exitmusic has been a band that I’ve been excited about throughout this year. After putting on a stellar set opening for School of Seven Bells a few months ago and releasing a highly impressive debut album entitled Passage, they were back in Los Angeles on Wednesday to deservedly headline The Satellite.

The core of Exitmusic consists of husband and wife Devon Church (guitar) and Aleksa Palladino (vocals/guitar/keyboard) who formed the musical outlet back in 2003. Palladino’s name and face might seem a bit familiar because of her role as Angela Darmody in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. But with time, I have no doubts that she will be known more for her music than her on-screen roles, which is not a bad thing at all.

With the style of dark dream-pop/shoegaze that Exitmusic plays, there’s a certain mystery that heightens the emotion behind their music. In most cases, bands that barely interact with the crowd makes for an awkward show, leaving behind awkward silences in between songs. But in this case, it fit in context because their songs have that ability to draw you in and take you on an emotional endeavor.

Donning an elegant pastel green dress, Palladino came out with Church and a touring percussionist, and open their set with “The Sea.” Initial comparisons are made to Beach House, who is arguably the standard for which the contemporary dream pop sound is set. But immediately from their opening song, they immediately establish that they are simply Exitmusic.

Songs such as “The Sea,” “The Modern Age,” and “The City” shows that they are much more aggressive and raw sounding. When she sings, Palladino has a tremble in her voice that heightens the emotion that lies within the lyrics. In a live setting, its effect is more surreal than on record especially when it builds to a devastating and crushing climax on that trio of songs. Those songs also highlight the devastatingly beautiful backdrop of the Mogwai/Explosions in the Sky-esque guitar melodies that also compliment the vocals.

And then there are those moments when they played songs that were downright haunting. The electronic percussion and Church’s simple-yet-effective riffs worked perfectly with Palladino’s echoed “hoo-hoo” melodies that almost sounded isolated, but transcended beyond the confines of the room. The whole echoes and reverbs effect seems to be rather played out in today’s music, but not with Exitmusic. They utilize those techniques to near-perfection, which then has the ability to actually affect an audience.

They ended their set with “White Noise” and “Passage” that, again, displayed Palladino’s unique vocal usage. Her vibrato on the former was spine-tingling, using an added emphasis to vibrate her voice that provided a reverb effect to it. The latter was a tender piano ballad guided by faint vocals until her voice soared and rode along with the swirling guitars backed by the crashing percussion. In short, it was sonic ecstasy.

The only disappointment and surprise was that their set came in at under an hour (50 minutes to be exact). While they could’ve thrown in a couple more songs, including the beautiful and ethereal “Sparks of Light,” it was the quality of their set that mattered most due to the cinematic nature of their songs. Each song has a strong narrative contained in the lyrics, but they were carried by the stark musicianship. If I had to come out with a list of bands to watch at this very moment, Exitmusic would no doubt be at the top of the list.

Set list:
The Sea
The Modern Age
The Hours
The Night
The City
The Cold
White Noise (vibrato)
Passage (vibrato)

12 Mar

The Joy Formidable are about to embark on their first headlining US Tour of 2012, beginning on March 12 in San Francisco, CA. A number of the tour’s dates have already sold out, including two straight nights in San Francisco, Boston, and Toronto. The tour goes until April 2 in Toronto, with support along the tour provided by A Place To Bury Strangers and Exitmusic. Big Black Delta opens the SF shows as well as the LA show.

The band’s newest single is the pummeling rocker “A Heavy Abacus.” Watch the video here.

The band also recently filmed a performance at Sarm Studios of their song “Everchanging Spectrum of a Lie” from last year’s debut album The Big Roar, which you can watch here

The band have been busy at work on their sophomore album and follow-up to 2011′s The Big Roar, to be released sometime in 2012.

Joy Formidable Tour Dates 2012
Mar 12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent SOLD OUT
Mar 13 – San Francisico, CA @ The Independent SOLD OUT
Mar 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Mayan
Mar 17 – Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theatre
Mar 19 РMinneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Caf̩
Mar 20 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
Mar 22 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird
Mar 23 – Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theatre
Mar 24 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Mar 25 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
Mar 26 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Mar 28 – New York City, NY @ Terminal 5
Mar 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Mar 30 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club SOLD OUT
Mar 31 – Montreal, QC @ SAT
Apr 02 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace SOLD OUT

30 Oct

Secretly Canadian are proud to announce that Exitmusic will make three UK appearances next month as part of a short EU tour (full itinerary below). The New York duo play a free instore at Rough Trade East on November 7 (onstage 7pm, no wristband required) and open for Braids at London’s XOYO on November 9. They have also confirmed a slot at Constellations Festival in Leeds on November 12.

Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church recently unveiled a second video from their From Silence EP, which is out now through all good independent record stores, with a full retail release scheduled for November 7. Directed by Will Joines, “The Hours” (watch it below) is a perfect primer for the band’s sound: both ghostly and powerful; gorgeous and foreboding. The song itself leans toward the powerful and anthemic side of that sound, as its glacial, ethereal post-rock builds and builds, a thousand cosmic clocks filling every gap.


November 7 London, UK – Rough Trade East (7pm, free)
November 8 Paris, FR – Point Ephemere w/Veronica Falls
November 9 London, UK – XOYO w/Braids
November 11 Amsterdam, NL – London Calling @ Paradiso
November 12 Leeds, UK – Constellations Festival


Exitmusic – The Hours from Secretly Jag on Vimeo.