I have been waiting for this, listening for the echo of our times. Not since the late 1960s has music stood so precariously on the brink of revolution. Music changed by a generation that faces a world wrought with never ending wars, contested elections, terrorism and unprecedented disasters. The Exit
brings us Home For An Island
, music that is molded by the turmoil of our times. The sound of their music is unique, combining alternative indie rock, snyth rock and reggae. An unusual combination, it goes down smooth with catchy tunes and intelligent, thoughtful lyrics.
The song "Lets Go to Haiti." Wow! What a bold song. This is a solid piece. Heavy bass and Gunnar's furtive, tribal beat possess this track. Brewer's voice is edged with fear and the song wrought with tense desperation and rebellion. "Three black girls in a yellow room/It's never been so clear…" This song is Haiti. I don't know how these guys so perfectly captured the mood and climate of a country and its political turmoil. This is my favorite track.
A harmonica overlays an acoustic guitar in a slow undulating lament as the intro to "Soldier" begins. This folk rock song brings to mind the music of Country Joe And The Fish and Bob Dylan as it takes us through the heart of a soldier forever changed by war. "I've seen war/I've seen the headlines fall from the sky/Just like the rain…" This is a good track and one that you would expect to hear in a coffee house by a college campus.
"Don't Push" sounds like The Police in vocal quality and reggae in rhythm. Ben's vocals are urgent as he warns of love's pitfalls "Behind the wheel/Black ice…" He tells us to love now because tomorrow it can be gone, "Find your angel/Lose your heartbeat…" The melody to this song is extremely addicting and I've caught my self singing it in the morning when I wake up.
I admire the music of The Exit. There is extreme depth to the lyrics. This is activism music at its very best by use of touching the human experience behind the motivation for change. Ben uses his vocals to express the words and moods with skill and clarity. Underneath Home For An Island
run the roots of rebellion urging political and social involvement. With quiet passion, The Exit brings us music born from a time of turmoil but they don't scream it out, rather they deliver it with music that has a peace, maturity and a center to it.