Carlow/Kilkenny, County Carlow
"It sounds like incidental music from the Michael Mann show. They have the details down pat. The vocal harmonies are spot-on ‘80s pastiche. Exiles have tapped in to something unexpectedly great." - Muso's Guide
Hailing from Ireland’s balmy south-east, the synth trio of Darragh O'Connor (Guitar/Synths) Johnny Smee (Keys/Electronic Drums) & Jack O'Flaherty (Vocals/Guitar) joined forces in 2015, driven by a love of all things 80s. The band’s influences are diverse - From Duran Duran, Talking Heads and the soundtrack to Lethal Weapon, right though to St. Lucia, Le Galaxie and the soundtrack to Lethal Weapon 2.
Exiles crafted their four-track debut EP Red Lights in Camden Recording Studios under the expert guidance of producer Ross Fortune. Released in September 2016, it is an exploration of life, love, fast cars and escaping expectations.
Receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews, the EP immediately garnered the attention of Today FM (Dermot&Dave, Louise Duffy), 2FM (Conor Behan) as well as regional stations Beat, KCLR and RedFM. Bolstered by a series of successful gigs throughout Ireland, airplay soon followed across the UK, and as far away as Sydney, Moscow and LA.
Having already secured a number of respectable festival slots for 2018, Exiles are back in the studio working on a fresh repertoire of road-tested tracks due to drop in 2018.
Hot Press Magazine ‘Hot For 2017’
Whelan’s ‘Ones To Watch 2017’
Today FM’s ‘HomegrownHero’on Dermot & Dave, Week 37/2016
Nialler9’s ‘New Irish Music’Songs Of The Week, The Irish Times
No.2 on TL80s SynthwavesTop 10, Week 30/2016. 4.9 Stars
"Red Lights is an exceptionally immersive collection of throwback tunes. Scintillating synths conjure up their own little world of bright lights and drop tops“ –Hot Press Magazine
“Exiles clearly just want to have fun and make people dance, and they do both of these things with ease... an unashamedly carefree and fun-filled approach” –Golden Plec
“Some of the best music I’ve heard all year” –Electronic North
"Super-polished synth-pop reverie.....grin inducing stuff“ –Broadsheet.ie
“80’s synthpopmusic porn, Exiles also incorporate such a varied number of styles from the era” –Remy’s Music & Film
“Synthpopfor stadiums.” –What Else Is There
Debut EP "Red Lights" available now:
Spotify - http://tinyurl.com/jrpew8e
iTunes - http://tinyurl.com/z6zv6m6
Google Play - http://tinyurl.com/zsu8pl9
Bandcamp - http://tinyurl.com/h2xerey
Deezer - http://tinyurl.com/jb9f3hy