Originally starting as friends from their highschool days, Ivo and Florian bonded with their passion for music. Of course they were having their rock ´n roll freams like any other young kid; living the rock star life. But is was their love of music that fueled their ambitions.
A chance meeting at a local tennis court with Garry ended up cranking Green Day tunes together. The only thing missing in our brand new group was a bass player. But luck was on its way during the hot summer of 1995. Not only was the weather good enough to play tunes next to the pool, that pool delivered them a bass player named Bjorn as well as the name Doofus. They saw that on a t-shirt some gorgeous girl was wearing at the pool.
Doofus... catchy and simple.
1996 consisted of playing over 50 gigs at every nook and cranny. And when Bjorn decided to leave the band, Ivo picked up the bass he stole from his father and Doofus went on the road as a trio. Some naysayers were convinced that our boys were too young, but a solid live reputation proved them wrong. This resulted in playing well attended shows and winning several talent awards. Winning the Emergenza award even got them to play on a festival in Germany. Their first show abroad in Hamburg also got them their first record deal.
A full album was recorded and a single was released. This single release party held in Paradiso, Amsterdam was the first ever live internetcast done in the Benelux.
Due to bad management again, the album never saw the light of day. To start over with a clean slate, the band fired the management and got themselves a new name. During 2004/2005 a home recording studio was built located just off EXIT 31 and a fourth member was added. It was Garry´s brother David who teamed up with our friends. And these soon-to-be fab four called themselves EXIT 31.
2005 saw them playing several shows supporting Within Temptation and Di-rect. Things started to turn for the better and the boys were finally offered a good record deal.
After the release of their debut album "Phonogenic" in 2006, Exit 31 started promoting the album by playing shows in Holland, Germany and Belgium. To top it off, they went to the United States in September to tour in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. A live performance on national television network FOX gave them even more publicity.
2007 saw a new era in the band's line-up. A new drummer to bring Exit31 into the new spotlights. His duty to take over where the band left off and finish what the band started 12 years ago......to ROCK! Exit 31 released their 2nd studio album called 'Exit 31' in May 2008 which was
concluded in the USA as well as a tour there to get more exposure.
Ivo - Vocals, Bass Guitar
Bart - Drums
David - Guitar
Garry - Guitar
* "Puzzles" - single (2006)
* "Phonogenic" - debut album (2006)
* "Exit 31" - album (2008)
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You gotta hand it to these guys: they have the looks and they´re musically talented. "Phonogenic" so...You gotta hand it to these guys: they have the looks and they´re musically talented. "Phonogenic" sounds very interesting, with a broad variety of styles. Some 80´s rock, some Green Day style punk and power rock, what comes through are fat guitar riffs and the prominent voice of lead singer Ivo.
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This is Exit 31s debut album. Twelve killer songs, including a rock version of Madonna´s "Frozen". T...This is Exit 31s debut album. Twelve killer songs, including a rock version of Madonna´s "Frozen". These men are just getting started...Bravo!
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"... There are for sure some good songs among them, like "Bye Baby", "Here I Am", with great harmoni..."... There are for sure some good songs among them, like "Bye Baby", "Here I Am", with great harmonies and solo, or "Desperately Forward".
I hope they can find some commercial succes and airplay with some of these songs. They already won several contests and awards and I wish these guys from the south of the Netherlands all the best!"
1. About A Dream
2. Let U Down
3. All The Bills
4. Come On
5. Without A Clue
6. Englishman In New York (cover)
7. Real Disaster
8. Hidin' Away
10. The Minstrel
12. Bye Baby
13. Helter Skelter (cover)
14. Life's 2 Short
Exit31 normally plays 2 sets of 45-60 hour, on single un-supported gigs.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.