Exit Calm / HISTORIC
Artist Management / until band split of 2016
If the past is a foreign country, then Exit Calm have a past worth exploring.
After only two months together and one raw, visceral demo, the band were playing Tokyo’s Liquid Rooms; a gig that gave Stone Roses bassist Mani, cause to label them “proper fuckin' music”. The band never looked back.
Incendiary live show followed incendiary live show as their uplifting, ethereal sound was honed across the UK and Europe. Sold out dates across the country witnessed the band share the stage with groups as diverse as The Charlatans, Modest Mouse, Echo & The Bunnymen and Soulsavers, along the way developing a loyal fan base, which played its own part in making exit calm gigs an epic experience.
With soaring, widescreen guitar layers, deep heady grooves and front-man Nicky Smith's primal delivery, echoes of musical heroes such as Elbow, Doves, Unkle, The Verve and Spiritualized are undeniable, yet Exit Calm's output is incomparably unique and in a class of its own. This is a band that once seen, leave no doubt in belief, coming alive on stage and evoking an atmosphere of epic proportions.
After three sold out vinyl singles, the release of their self-titled LP in 2010 was the culmination of three years hard work. Aggressive but not confrontational, focused but not myopic and melodic rather than pop, Exit Calm was an album that had to be made. The majestic beauty of ‘Don’t look down’, the massive attack-drive of ‘Forgiveness’ and the soaring call to arms of ‘Hearts and Minds’ all invoke the spirit of the band's influences whilst at the same time standing alone as a unique statement of intent.
The album has garnered much praise. Upon hearing the album, Todd Eckert (producer, 'Control') said “Pure Genius – the assembly of iron and wood because temples must be made. And the avoidance of all that whiny, sexless bullshit passing for rebellion at the moment" and his is not a lone voice. Huw Stephens (Radio 1) said the band is “Truly Epic”, Guitarist Magazine described the album as “a sonic and soulful masterpiece”, Inspiral Carpets/XFM’s Clint Boon declared“file under the greatest rock bands of all time”. Both Radio 1 (Zane Lowe) and Radio 2 (Janice Long) have supported the band's releases, the latter giving the band a live session in 2011.
But it’s not all about the past with Exit Calm. Live shows have seen the debut of the modern- baggy-meets-grunge anthem blow out of ‘The Rapture’; the breakbeat-tinged fury of ‘Albion’ and the melodic, Bunnymen guitars and groove of ‘Fiction’. In the current era of disposable heroes, Exit Calm tread a different path, from a band who simply list their influences as three legendary record labels, the bands output invokes the same classic approach to music as Creation Records. They bring the euphoria and hedonism of Factory to the progressive, with the forward thinking ideals of Mo Wax, producing music with heart, style and integrity.
Example press achieved for Album PR - 'The Future Isn't What It Used To Be'
“Sky-scraping emotion and glowering grooves.” Q Magazine
"The Future Isn't What It Used To Be mixes brutal precision with gleaming elegance, a concoction that ably describes Exit Calm at their most potent." Drowned In Sound
"Drip feeds its mesmerising hedonism over multiple visits like hypnotic suggestion." - Counterfeit Mag
"A timeless classic that’ll hopefully set Exit Calm on the road to the success they so badly deserve." - Hooting & Howling
"This band reclaim the guitar band as something to have faith in again." - Penny Black Music
Exit Calm - Hearts and Minds