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Who are you and where are you from?
We are Eastern Exit from Sunderland, England. The band is comprised of Brandon & Jamie Smith on guitar and vocals, Dale Whitfield on bass, and Thomas Spence on drums.

What is it you do?
We play psychedelic, groove and dance-based music with a healthy dose of math-rock influenced guitars. We like our music to be at the forefront of what we do and for the music to create a mood or atmosphere, rather than the music to be a vehicle for an explicit message; think Brian Eno with an electric guitar and one too many Two Door Cinema Club albums.

How long have you been doing it?
Brandon and Thomas have been writing music together from a young age in various different ways, but this particular project has been in the works for a number of years. It’s only really started coming into fruition a year or so before lockdown. We released 2 singles the year before and were just getting started with live shows and on the EP, then the world stopped for a year or so.

What inspires you?
We enjoy writing music that pulls from all of our diverse influences to create something that’s genuine and, hopefully, unique and original. For example, Brandon is inspired by math-rock and psychedelic artists. Thomas is inspired by electronic dance music. Dale by punk and emo. And Jamie by indie-pop.

Tapping into that unconscious space where the music appears to come out of nowhere is what we are most inspired by, that goes for the lyrics too.

Tell us about your music?
We are due to release our first EP, Symbols, at the end of March. It is a shoegaze, dance-inspired project with twinkly guitars and cryptic lyrics. Lyrically, ‘Symbols’ themes and content are based on depth psychology, personal development, and introspection. The majority of the lyrics are taken, or influenced, from lyricist Brandon Smith’s dreams and active imagination sessions, resulting in surrealist and cryptic lyrics, matching the dreamy and psychedelic sound of the EP. We have been compared to bands such as Tame Impala, Real Estate, and Death Cab for Cutie.  

What have you got coming up in the future?
Despite the answer to one of the previous questions, we are currently experimenting with writing more lyric-centred rock-based tracks with a clear meaning or message. Think of ‘Symbols’ as the shy and introverted counterpart to whatever the name is of our next extroverted and in-your-face release.

Where can people find out more about you?
Our Instagram is where we are most active. You could also find us on Facebook & YouTube simply as Eastern Exit.


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