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Exit Calm

Whilst all is calm in Doves world at the moment, its a good time to highlight another band not called Doves. Tomorrow see’s the release of the debut album by Barnsley’s finest Exit Calm. Obviously fans of Doves themselves, they have been walking onto the live stage to the sound of The Cedar Room.

Here is what Drowned In Sound are saying about the record:

at its peak, Exit Calm soars with a grace and panache that simply leaves its peers on both sides of the Atlantic for dead. With one foot in the shoegaze camp and the other firmly entrenched in post-rock’s elegant stupor, Exit Calm have a tendency to mesmerise and astound in equal measure. The opening six-minute epic that is ‘You’ve Got It All Wrong’ may be the most dazzling, hairs-standing-on-the-back-of-the-neck introduction to a record since Interpol’s ‘Untitled’ or even ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ before it. Rob Marshall’s signature guitar sound may echo that of Nick McCabe circa A Storm In Heaven in part, but there’s an incessant virtuosity abound here that lifts the opener, ‘We’re On Our Own’ and forthcoming single ‘Hearts And Minds’ onto another plane all of its own making.

For the full review, click here.

Well worth checking out. Released on the Club AC30 label. You can see Exit Calm play on the same stage as Doves at Kendal Calling & Hartlepool’s Tall Ships festival.

Exit Calm Official website, MySpace, Facebook

Walgreens Approve!

Who said doves haven’t quite made it in the US? It doesn’t get much better than walking into your local Walgreens (US version of Boots) and hearing Winter Hill being played over the store radio! It gets better.. Catch The Sun was playing in Sunset Foods Highland Park Illinois a few weeks back. It doesn’t get more exciting than that eh?

A band who’s music you probably wont hear at your local Walgreens is King Kong Ding Dong. Exactly! They are giving away their latest album at their website for free. Check out the first track Jample, stunning stuff. Though the vocals sound sorta familar.. The Cedar Room? Great album though.

Another band who like the Cedar Room is Exit Calm. So much so they use it as they walk on stage at their live shows. They have supported the likes of Soulsavers & The Charlatan’s recently. Debut album is out in April. Sign up to their website to get a free mp3.