Exit Calm – Fiction (single) (Club AC30)
The quartet formed in in late 2006 in the South Yorkshire town of Barnsley and spent their first eighteen months together writing and honing their sound. Spring 2008 saw them release their first limted release, live favourite ‘Higher Learning’ while their live shows led to them being invited as main support on The Music’s ‘Strength In Numbers’ UK tour in June 2008. The band have since supported the likes of Modest Mouse, The Boxer Rebellion, Soulsavers, and Echo & The Bunnymen to name a few.
Fast forward a few years and the band are prepping to release their second album. On “Fiction”, Scott Pemberton (drums), Simon Lindley (bass), Rob Marshall (guitars) and Nicky Smith (vocals), illustrate their passion for emotive songwriting, invoking the spirit of their influences. Think The Verve circa ‘A Northern Soul’, a more straight-up and rocking version of Spiritualized, or Swervedriver with perhaps a hint of Echo and The Bunnymen.
Opening with a tasty beat and a wall of guitar feedback, a brilliant Johnny Marr-esque riff emerges from the haze before the song unravels into a solid brit-rock number with a smidgeon of shoegaze.
Dark and brooding but also deftly melodic largely in part due to Rob Marshall’s brilliant guitar work, “Fiction” is understated opting to wrap itself around the listener slowly but tightly rather than going straight for the jugular.
“Fiction” is also immaculately produced – polished while still retaining all the necessary grit and if this tune is anything to go by the upcoming record should be a killer.
The album ‘The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be’ is due for release in September on Club AC30.
Listen to “Fiction” below: