Carlow/Kilkenny, County Carlow
Synth trio Exiles formed in the South-East of Ireland in 2015 when producer-musicians Darragh O’Connor (Guitar/Synths), Johnny Smee (Keys/Electronic Drums) and Jack O'Flaherty (Vocals/Guitar), driven by a love for the 1980’s and all things electronic, began to collaborate on synthwave-inspired music.
With influences ranging from Hall & Oates, Tears for Fears and the soundtrack to Lethal Weapon, right through to St. Lucia, All Tvvins and the soundtrack to Lethal Weapon 2, Exiles carefully crafted their four track debut EP “Red Lights” in Camden Recording Studios under the expert guidance of producer Ross Fortune (Vann Music, Benny Smiles) - a gentleman who himself is no stranger to larger than life synthscapes that capture the excesses of the time.
Released in September 2016, “Red Lights” is an exploration of life, love, fast cars and escaping expectations. It's a perpetual summer dream, a night-time cruise through the palm trees and neon lights of Ocean Drive, a speedboat ride into a South Beach sunset with the promise of a new dawn.
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