How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?
Simon got it from a book he was reading at the time. We were about to play Tokyo and because it was booked a few months in advance we needed the name immediately. I remember ‘Channel Calm’ being an option too. But now, after seven years ‘we’ are Exit Calm. Nothing else on the planet is. So it worked very well. Plus it looks good and its originality made it to the top of Google charts after our first gig. In this day and age I think that worked well for us.
How would you describe your music?
It’s hard to attempt to describe our music but over the years I have heard it described as cathartic, sublime, hypnotising. In other terms it is four individuals who make up the four corners of a building that they cant really see, because they’re busy holding the roof up. We keep the bass lines heavy and melodic, like the vocal. The lyrics are simple yet hopefully powerful enough to keep up with the music. The drums pin everything down and drive it a long like an engine and the guitars are cinematically beautiful.
What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?
We have finished our second LP that will be released on the 23rd of September. A tour is planned around it across the UK, but before that we are releasing a single called When They Rise which will be accompanied by a short film written and directed by Todd Eckhert. We’ve just finished filming it. We got more involved than we ever have before, and we really enjoyed it this time. I think the final outcome will be quite brilliant. What we saw back on the monitor looked very classic and cold. And the people we worked with were brilliant as well. It will be out next month to coincide with the single.
If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?
George Harrison, because it would mean that he would still be alive.
What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?
Beta Band three EP’s, because it’s on in the back ground now and I can not possibly choose one record from thousands. I would end up not taking any and miss the boat!