New York's own Exitmusic, the beguiling duo of Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church, finally release their beautifully temperamental debut album, Passage, on May 22 via Secretly Canadian.
The pair have added two new bandmates, Dru Prentiss and Nicholas X, and debut their new songs at eight not-so-secret SXSW shows this week including tonight's (March 15) Jagjaguwar, Secretly Canadian and Dead Oceans showcase at The Mohawk with Exitmusic playing the indoor stage at 11 p.m. CT. Exitmusic will also play Filter's show at Cedar Street Courtyard on March 16 at 9 p.m. For their most up-to-date SXSW schedule, check their Facebook page.
They launch a tour with The Joy Formidable and A Place To Bury Strangers on March 19 in Minneapolis, MN, making a beeline to New York's Terminal 5 on March 28. Exitmusic have also lined up a headlining show of their own at Le Poisson Rouge on May 5.
The Alternate Side asked Palladino, who also stars on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," if she'd keep a blog for us detailing some of Exitmusic's Austin discoveries. Check out the blog, Palladino's photos and the track "Passage," from their soon-to-be-released album below:
I love the hours of quiet that long long drives invite. Each one of us in our own worlds — staring out through the windows of the van to the blurred forest edges of the highway. There is so little of this country that i've seen and the parts i have seen have mostly been this way, as a passenger.
It took us a few days to get down here, stopping at different hotel chains and gas stations, but there is something beautiful about just passing through these towns that hold so many lives and stories and histories. Saying hello to the few people you see and seeing in their eyes the recognition that you are not from there.
Once we got into the south the weather changed. Wet. Humid. Low hanging air. At night the Louisiana sky was reverberating with thunder and lightning and the van and all the roads were washed clean. We got to Austin the next day and started playing shows. We have eight here. Three done, five to go. You have to be ready for anything; because of the quick turnovers and pop-up venues, lots of hiccups happen and while it can be frustrating, it also feels like the point. It feels like its part of the reward and, somehow, as you are meeting bands from all over the country, you start to realize that they are your community. Like "community" is not simply defined as the people you live near, but by the people you live like.
And then there's your own band … that's much more solidified from all the chaos. From all the great shows and all the not-so-great shows. You are doing it together. Silly, i know, but still true.