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Exitmusic, Green Door Store, Brighton, November 13
Exitmusic’s show had an odd beginning. Most of the fairly strong Green Door crowd were unaware that the soundcheck had ended when Aleksa Palladino began singing what was apparently the opening track.
The band’s lo-fi layers of noise slowly began to take shape and form into a series of epic compositions. Their well-structured piques married soaring slide-guitar and percussion well and at points were awe-inspiring.
However Palladino’s voice, a deep warble, oddly reminiscent of Lana Del Rey singing through a megaphone, was not the best accompaniment for what was happening behind her. Indistinguishable lyrics were lost in her enunciation and the effect was grating.
As the gig wore on, it became apparent that Exitmusic’s range is very limited. The band’s live performance structure is fairly formulaic: a slow, layer-building instrumental building to a soaring drone of a crescendo with the singer’s voice struggling over the top.
When they drifted from these pretty rigid parameters, Palladino attempted more conventional singing and with Devon Church, Palladino’s husband and the band’s guitarist, playing his instrument with a violin bow it served as a reminder that musically there was talent.
If they’d been more daring throughout the gig perhaps it might not have been as dull.