Matt DeScala (guitar/bass/vocals), Matt Pritchett (bass/vocals) Zach Agustin (guitar/vocals) and Michael Veizades (drums/vocals) are Exit 11. The band is somewhere between pop and indie rock. They describe themselves as a “mix of a bunch of different styles ranging from bands like The 1975 to Death Cab For Cutie, all while keeping a modern and fun Californian sound.”
The band’s best moments are the ones that attempt to be fun in a Vampire Weekend type of way. On the other end of the stick is the saccharine, hopeful and motivational side which often felt like a mix between a Tony Robbins event, a show you might see at Disney and of a really good band that might be playing at worship service at a Christian church.
Summer’s End is a long album with twelve songs and a number of songs that go past the five-minute mark. One of those songs is the opener “A Million Ways” which is an emotionally resonant song that is a mix of melodramatic, warm, nostalgic and hopeful. The song felt like it would appropriate for kids and I’m not saying that in a bad way. I could picture kids really enjoying this song.
The band has fun with “Honeydew, I Cantaloupe.” It is really well executed and is undeniably catchy. “Midnight Love” is a mix of pop-punk and indie rock that seemed single worthy. In fact a lot of the songs did such as “Siren Song” and “Closer.” “Disarray” is a piano led song. “How Scenes Can Change” is a short ambient piece that leads to “40 / 60.” The band follows up with “Alone,” “Mr. Fake” and “Paper Planes.” They close with “Summer's End” which is a seven- minute song.
This is a very well produced album and the band is really good at what they do. The band plays undeniably wholesome, positive music without the slightest smidge of darkness. I think this will be a case of either this will be your cup of tea or it won’t type of music. Either way the band formed a solid foundation and distinct vibe with this album.
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