Sunday, July 31, 2005

The Exit

Today in Music History:

In 1971, A security guard was stabbed to death during a concert by The Who at New York's Forest Hill Stadium.
The ExitThe Exit is a trio of New York City punks that decided to form a band in 1999. Members Ben Brewer and Gunnar had been childhood friends, but bassist Tim Shaya was new to both of them when the lineup developed. The band released an EP just to get on their feet, but the departure of Shaya put things on hold and Brewer shipped off to college to studio political science. Brewer was still passionate about music, and a chance meeting with Jeff DaRosa proved to him that he was still interested in keeping the band together. DaRosa joined the group and they began playing around Boston until they found space in New York City again. They dropped off demos with producer Daniel Rey, and he enjoyed the band enough to produce their debut. The album was released in the summer of 2002 under the title New Beat. Home For An Island followed two years later and is currently being re recorded for an October 2005 release on their new label. Home For An Island is riveting music. It’s grounded in punk rock but isn’t content to stay there. Hints of dub reggae float through the melodies, pop hooks draw listeners into some dark places, moods change from song to song, sometimes within a song.

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