Exit Calm: The Rapture – single review and tour news
Exit Calm – The Rapture (Club AC30)
7 inch vinyl / Download
Released 18th February
Yorkshire’s epic space rockers return with a great new single and dates around the country.
Things have been a little quiet on the Exit Calm front this past year, but that’s all about to change with the release of arguably their strongest single to date. An instant favourite with fans when it was previewed at a few dates last summer, this song had Next Single written all over it from the minute it slithered out of the speakers. It’s always a kind of crunch time, that leading single for the second album: judgement day. It has to be a statement of intent. Think of Doves coming back with “There Goes The Fear” in 2002 and the way it raised their profile out of indie circles and onto bigger stages – well this is Exit Calm’s moment.
This band has never been one to do things by halves – their debut album contained not a single track under five minutes, but not one of those minutes was wasted, and the same can be said of the 309 glorious seconds that is “The Rapture”. A full minute of introduction sets the scene; that thunderbolt bass, those incredible sprawling drums and those sheets upon sheets of guitar, and then singer Nicky Smith comes in like a man who has a serious axe to grind, his no-holds-barred lyrics more direct than anything he’s done before. And as ever, they’ve got the dynamics spot on. Build, explode, simmer down gently then crash back in. It’s psychedelic in the dirtiest sense, the black leather rock’n’roll sense; it’s stadium-sized without the bluster; melodic but shot through with beautiful dissonance. It’s unmistakeably Exit Calm, just bigger, more ambitious and ultimately more powerful.
The seven inch is available on green or yellow vinyl from the Club AC30 Shop .
Exit Calm are on tour at the end of February and beginning of March – here’s where to see them:
21 London Borderline
22 Sheffield Academy 2
23 Cheltenham Sound Music Venue
24 Birmingham Academy 3
28 Manchester Deaf Institute (with The Narrows supporting)
1 Glasgow King Tuts
2 Leeds Cockpit
3 York Duchess