‘We want our music to go beyond the boundaries of just sound and create a larger, moving experience for the listener’
It’s not often these days that a band portrays a kick-ass, rock-n-roll attitude that mimics controversial on-stage antics not seen since the roaring 70s. Enter Sydney band Exit Row. Five strapping young lads fresh out of their 20’s, who have been raising roofs and making ladies (and some men) swoon all over the metropolitan. With their unique blend of catchy pop melodies, heart-thumping rock anthems, and sweet, soulful acoustic rock, led by none other than rowdy, powerhouse vocalist Andrew Torrisi, this is one band to watch.
Although coming from humble beginnings as a band, all members have been involved in various musical projects throughout their high-school lives, giving each member a unique quality that forms the ‘Exit Row experience’.
“Myself, Raff and Nick have been friends for a very long time and have had the privilege of growing up together. We have always been heavily involved in music, starting off just playing covers as most kids do,” described Torrisi.
“We were able to get Jeremy involved through school, and Aaron heard our calls when we were in need of a drummer in the early days.”
Bass player Jeremy Azzopardi describes Exit Row’s unique musical experience as something that “not only the oldies can enjoy” as the band continues to maintain a modern outlook on all musical aspects, in order to appeal to a wide variety of punters.
‘‘With what we are currently doing in writing our songs is to break genre constraints and have a product that can be enjoyed by both young and old, male and female’’
‘‘The older generation do love the old school rock elements we have in our music, but we do tend to have a modern twist in all of our songs, be it through production or thematically. We do not want to restrict whom may enjoy the Exit Row experience and aim to surpass such boundaries in order to reach as many people as possible.’’
In late 2011, Exit Row had originally planned to enter the prestigious Hit City Studios in Sydney to record their debut EP, where accomplished Australian artists such as Boy and Bear, Amy Meredith, and Something with Numbers had walked the halls. However, more musical ideas began to circulate, and the band decided to aim much higher.
‘‘Originally the plan was to have our debut EP released by early this year, but we began to create more ideas and we wanted these ideas to be a part of our debut release,’’ Azzopardi explained.
‘’So we headed back into the demoing stages and continued writing for an album with an early 2012 deadline instead.’’
Azzopardi say’s that working with business manager Davie Patience and ARIA nominated engineer Greg Stace, as well as the rest of the Hit City crew has really given them a jumpstart in their musical career, and has helped the band to develop and mature.
‘’We currently write and record at Hit City Studios, who have some of the greatest musical minds in the country working there.’’
‘‘They have really helped us develop our music over the past couple of months and we feel so privileged to be working with such a great bunch of people.’’
The band hopes to continue their amazing musical experience, walking red carpets, and seeing smiles on their fan's faces for years to come, told guitarist Nick Ferreri.
‘‘Music has become our outlet and expression throughout our lives. I think playing music is something we want to do for the rest of our lives in some shape, way, or form, just because of how integral it has become in our lives, and if we can make a living out of it, the possibilities of where we may end up are endless”
“Obviously we hope to be filling out massive shows across the world, and up to our fourth or so studio album,” said Azzopardi.
Watch out for Exit Row in 2012!
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