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Most recent release, Give Me the World (2001)
Band no longer seems to have a web presence (01/09)
A little like Mecca Normal in the noisy guitar/fierce vocals combination and the guitar work reminds me a little of Long Fin Killie. (Neile)
Strong vocals, noisy guitar, steady beat. For the details, see album comments below. (Neile)
Recommended first album:
exit the blue only album to date
exit the blue
1997—Rust Records—IJR 006
Indie stores in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S.
Recommended for rock fans
A giant humming bumblebee, sonic space guitars cry out "prog rock" then add melodic almost gothic guitar lines, and then from far off another planet this woman's voice stretches in, an Alanis Morissette purity in her scream, all raw emotions upfront but then she drops down into a deep, dark, crazed, raspy Kristy Thirsk-y (of Rose Chronicles) whisper...asking only "what if?". That's track 1 on exit the blue from Portland band, in june. Track 2 wanders deeper into "Ecto" land, with Jane Siberry having a beer with the Cowboy Junkies in a bar where a drunk named Chris thinks everyone is his friend but vows to shoot himself "before he gets old and he probably will", a sad/happy cool little ditty. A jazz flavor floats in on singer Kirsten Rian's smooth vocals and the drum kit work on track 3, but suddenly the song makes an unexpected left turn half-way into harder territory, yes, it's the old "up-tempo grunge chorus" trick. What lifts it out of the ordinary Alt territory is the dark hysteria lurking behind the sweet little la la la la she sings over the chorus. Drummer Jeff Cavanaugh keeps all the lines clean and adds a needed solidness throughout the CD. David Weigel's very heavy-feeling guitar work behind this voice creates a very unusual mix that strikes a different chord & works well on some tunes. New category: Jazz/Grunge?
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