Ah, the sound of feedbacking guitars – how I have missed thee. It is something that Exit Calm use to good effect in their second album The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be. Styling themselves as heirs to the psychedelic indie bands of the early 1990’s, Nicky Smith (vocals), Rob Marshall (Guitars), Simon Lindley (Bass) and Scott Pemberton (Drums) make a good enough fist of it.
Opening track Rapture is a good start. All brooding guitars, slinky drums and impassioned vocals, it’s both euphoric and anthemic. At times it reminds me of Failsworth’s finest undiscovered band Puressence – only not as good.
Back to Exit Calm – the theme continues throughout the album, and does appear at times to be a bit one trick pony-like. Whilst the production is fantastic, songs do seem to merge into one another. Fiction and When They Rise could in fact be the same song.
There is undoubted talent that lies behind the men behind Exit Calm. They could do with a bit of variety. After all, it is the spice of life, and they could just change their own future with it.
The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be by Exit Calm is out now on AC30