Stepping into the Spotlight with Exitmusic

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Every week we like to spotlight a rising band from outside of New England. Today, we get to know Brooklyn’s Exitmusic. You can catch the band in Boston when they open for The Joy Formidable at the Paradise Rock Club on Friday, March 30.

Band Name: Exitmusic

Band Members:
Devon Church
Aleksa Palladino

Passage (2011)
The Decline Of The West (2008)


How did you form/start?

DC: We’ve been together for a long time. We were a couple before we were a band, so it was a gradual process of learning to write together, and then once we had finished a full album (The Decline Of The West) we began the awkward process of figuring out how to perform live. The live band in its current incarnation, with Nick Shelestak (synths, live electronics) and Dru Prentiss (drums), formed less than a year ago in Brooklyn.

AP: We had both been writing music before we got together so once we were, it was just a natural step to collaborate.

Finish the sentence, someone would like your band if they like…

… music.

What song of yours should people listen to first and why?

DC: Our new single “Passage”, which is the title track of the new album. We cover a lot of sonic and emotional territory in this song, and you can hear a lot of we are about it by listening to it.

AP: Yeah, I agree. “Passage” has a lot of textures and emotional places that we always love to explore.

Walk us through your songwriting process.

AP: Well, Devon and I write together and we record as we write. So the whole song is being explored, created and captured at once. there are a few songs that I have written on guitar or piano or beats and loops that he’s built that we then produce and arrange together, but I prefer going into songwriting with no ideas and discovering the song as we go. There’s a magic that happens when you are listening to the song as you write it – it tells you where it wants to go.

Tell us a little bit about your latest album.

DC: It’s called Passage. It was produced in our apartment, and at Nick’s apt, and finished at Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, with Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective). It is pretty epic in scope, and it’s hopefully an intense emotional listen with a lot of interesting sonics, built around tight songs with strong choruses. That’s the idea anyway.

AP: It’s a funny thing, making an album… you never really know what you have until it’s all done and sequenced. We are really happy with how it turned out and the world it creates. It’s at once massive and still so intimate.

What has your most memorable moment as a band been?

AP: I can’t remember. hahaha!

What has been the hardest part of building your name onto the national level?

AP: Oh it’s a lot more work then it seems probably. I’ve never worked harder at anything.

DC: It’s all hard. It’s work, and probably the hardest part is being patient.

Who are the best bands from your hometown that we might not know about?

DC: Clams Casino is a great ambient hip hop producer from New Jersey, which is pretty close to New York. Also, Bear in Heaven is a great band from Brooklyn. But if you’ve heard of us, you’ve probably already heard of them.

AP: They’re not from our hometown but I’ve been listening to Sister Crayon.

What band would you most like to open for?

AP: Beach House would be a good fit… St. Vincent.

DC:  Sigur Ros.

Who is your all-time favorite Boston band?

Bel Biv Devoe and/or the Pixies.

What are your thoughts on playing Boston?

DC: We’ve performed once before in Boston, with Phantogram, and it was a beautiful venue and the people were very nice and after the show we had really good Chinese food. So, no complaints.

What can people expect from your live show and why should our readers catch your next stop in Boston?

AP: There’s a lot of energy live. You can’t help but feed off of the audience and I think it brings all the songs to the next level… and it’s loud.

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