The Exit is Jeff DaRosa (vocals, bass), Ben Brewer (vocals, guitar) and Aren Olsen aka Gunnar (drums)
The Exit is the band you knew was out there, but could never find.
Things change so get hip to this. This is a band from NYC whose
craft blends a delicate taste of 80’s dub and reggae with
90’s punk and indie rock. A band that’s well versed
in promoting a record with 300 plus shows over the past two years.
We're talking about a band that knows how to get up on stage and
deliver. A band that’s garnered a mature fan base whose fans
take smart, savvy rock over the quick fix of a pop fizzle. The Exit
is a band that's gonna lay down some serious hard groove until it's
time for everyone to go home.
The Exit’s debut full-length New Beat (Some Records,
produced by Daniel Rey) appeared on several band and industry insiders’
top ten lists for 2002. Once the record was released, the guys hit
the road non-stop. “We wanted to get (New Beat) out
there as much as possible because we believed in it,” Guitarist
and vocalist Ben Brewer says. “That was almost two years touring
on that record. We kept getting these offers; it was like a carrot
in front of a horse.”
“We did the whole tour thing and now we’re a very, very
solid live band,” Brewer explains. “We just try to put
everything into it and try to have fun. When you’re driving
12 hours to play 30 minutes of music, you don’t want to fuck
up. When you take that much time on the road by yourself, you become
a different type of thing. We could have just chilled out in New
York, but I don’t know what kind of band we would be right
now. It’s just a natural process. We realized that every show
we’d play, we’d be a little bit better.”
Since writing and recording New Beat, an album that Kerrang!
Magazine called “a heady fusion of Foo Fighters, The Clash
and the classic songwriting suss of ‘80s legends The Police,”
the Exit has been moving past its influences, developing an original
sound that has grown organically through the past three years of
The Exit recently completed recording its second full-length, Home
For an Island, produced by Ron Saint-Germain (Tool, Sonic Youth,
Bad Brains, 311), showcasing its maturity, poise, and intelligence.
The title of their sophomore release is taken from singer Jeff Darosa's
lament of his nomadic wanderings back and forth between Brooklyn
to Manhattan. "I left my home for an island, where rebels fly
in on airplanes," sings DaRosa on the title track.
Similarly, as if the two singers were playing lyrical ping pong,
Ben Brewer's song "Back to the Rebels" outlines modern
plutocratic urban life. "It seems like when we get something
special, they buy it up and sell it back to the rebels. I don't
like it anymore than the next man, I just do what I can."
Following the recording sessions, the road-hungry trio immediately
hopped in their van for a full US tour with English rock lords Muse,
debuting most of the songs from their upcoming album. With Marsha
Vlasic (Elvis Costello, Le Tigre, The Strokes) signed on for booking,
expect to see The Exit redefine the term “road-warrior”
as they perform up, down and around the globe.
If you’re yearning for something truly refreshing –
with a hint of nostalgia - to wet your musical palette, we invite
you to experience The Exit live and direct. You won’t be disappointed.
Home for an Island is set for release September 7th, 2004
on Some Records.