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Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church initially came together at the age of 18, when they met on a train in Canada and were inexplicably compelled to each other. Having been a couple for over a decade now must surely contribute to the near palpable magic that these two create together with bandmates Dru Prentiss (drums) and Nicholas Shelestak (electronic sounds).
Exitmusic certainly commanded the stage this year at SXSW with a whopping eight shows. We caught the band at the Filter Magazine x Dickies party at a wide open outdoor venue on a gorgeous Austin evening. The crowd was packed and the energy emanating to and fro the stage was that of an ethereal trance: sways and closed lids amongst soothing wails and pulsing, crackling rhythms. It's exciting to think about the heights this group can reach.
"We want our music to confront people in a gentle but powerful way, to make them feel something,” says Devon Church of Brooklyn electro-rock outfit Exitmusic. There is indeed something highly emotive and stirring about this group. Just listen to the opening track, "The Sea," in the live studio performance video of their four track From Silence EP above, and you'll get it. The official video for the track that we posted several months back is something serious.
Lead singer Aleksa drives the point home when she shares her inspiration in "voices that have character and really tell a story on their own," such as Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Her mother, an acclaimed opera singer, is also an influence from which she draws her skill in delivering those raw, shiver inducing vocals that give us life and take it away, all in one breath.
Exitmusic at SXSW 2012 (Photo by Seher Sikandar)