“Raucous, noisy fun – This is the beginning – Resistance is futile” KKKK – Kerrang!
“Memorable moment after memorable moment…a staggering wall of sound” 8/10 – Rocksound
“Intense, sweaty and claustrophobic; energetic enough to power your street” 8/10 – This Is Fake DIY
“Remarkably smart and focused – dark, devastatingly good music” – BBC Online
Returning from 2010’s critically acclaimed ‘Sex W/ Strangers’ E.P, Exit_International’s Fudge Wilson (bass / vocals), Adam Thomas (drums / percussion) and Scott Lee Andrews (vocals / bass) unleashed their debut full length – ‘Black Junk’ to widespread critical acclaim in September 2011.
From the 48 second blast of ‘Blindfolds’ to the brooding, creepy expanse of ‘King Of The Junkies’ Black Junk is best described as rabid off-kilter filthy punk rock – think the Pixies combined with Motorhead, the sonics of Girls Against Boys and the nerve-splitting post-hardcore volatility of The Blood Brothers. Opener, ‘Glory Horn’ was originally released as a split-single to celebrate a UK tour with Antlered Man quickly becoming a crowd favourite, whilst ‘Bowie’s Ghost’, the band’s first video displays E_I’s uncanny knack for combining the short-sharp-shock treatment with their unmistakable visceral brand.
Recorded in a chaotic 72 hour chemical haze, Black Junk is a guitarless tour-de-force containing just over 30 minutes of urgent, blister-fuzz future rock n’ roll. With ex-60ft Dolls drummer Carl Bevan behind the wheel, the band re-recorded tracks – ‘Sex W/ Strangers’, ‘Chainsaw Song’ and ‘Lights Out’ – from their previous E.P with added intensity and fervour combined with E_I’s impeccable talent for carving a groove with instinctive lyrical flair.
The last 12 months have seen the band from obscurity to ‘ones to watch’ in the UK and the US, with resulting (P.A. destroying) appearances on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds, 2000 Trees, Guilfest, Leopallooza, Merthyr Rock festivals and sessions recorded for BBC Radio 1 Introducing – including their (now) infamous cover of Nirvana’s ‘Territorial Pissings’.
Whilst tours with Ginger Wildheart, Hawk Eyes and Monster Magnet, and dates with Kids In Glasshouses, Pulled Apart By Horses, Gay For Johnny Depp, The Bronx, etc. spread the carnage of he E_I live performance. The band topped off 2011 with an extremely sought-after endorsement deal with Fender U.S.
2012 kicked off with the band invited by their Japanese label Vinyl Junkie Recordings to perform as support to Ginger Wildheart on a Japanese Tour, and the brand new ‘Chainsaw Song’ single, which was recently picked up by BBC Radio 1 for a week of airplay across the daytime / drivetime playlists – sold out online within 1 hour. E_I were also featured in Kerrang Magazine’s “20 bands to make ears years explode” feature in Jan 2012, with a follow-up ‘Introducing’ Feature in April 2012.
The band are currently performing at select festivals across the UK and are working on the follow-up to ‘Black Junk’.