Eksi Ekso

Eksi Ekso

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandAlternativeRock

"near-perfect synthesis of the band’s ambitious statement of intent and secret love of pop. Linking up sampled noises, instrumental breaks, and chamber swells, Eksi Ekso takes the every-song-is-a-huge-crescendo mentality arc-welds it to great verse-chorus-bridge popcraft" - Consequence of Sound

Biography

Since releasing "Brown Shark Red Lion" on the Mylene Sheath in early 2011, Boston's orchestral pop trio Eksi Ekso officially showcased at SXSW, toured the east coast twice, charted on the CMJ Top 200 for 3 weeks, landed national press from My Old Kentucky Blog, Alternative Press, All Music Guide (4.5/5 Stars), TrebleZine, The Boston Globe, and Consequence of Sound (aside from a number of other blogs and some international press). Scott Riebling (Fall Out Boy) and Scott Solter (Spoon, Pattern Is Movement, Mountain Goats) both worked on what's been hailed by Alt Press as “complex, layered affairs full of lofty aspirations”, while My Old Kentucky Blog says, “Brown Shark, Red Lion is the most interesting and challenging pop album I’ve heard so far this year.”

QUOTES:

“I hear fragments of Bowie, Eno and Peter Gabriel, but Eksi Ekso is way more than the sum of their influences. Brown Shark, Red Lion is the most interesting and challenging pop album I’ve heard so far this year." - My Old Kentucky Blog

"when said power fully clicks together for the group, it's breathtaking..." - All Music Guide

"Brown Shark, Red Lion showcases a more playful Eksi Ekso with vocals taking a more prominent lead." - CMJ

"Complex Rock Anthems" - Alt Press

"with an album this beautifully written, not to mention wonderfully packaged, pressing play again should be no problem at all..." - Treble Magazine

“Eksi Ekso soars, slashes, and burns and chimes again on its sophomore full-length, Brown Shark, Red Lion,’’ - Boston Globe

“…a near-perfect synthesis of the band’s ambitious statement of intent and secret love of pop. Linking up sampled noises, instrumental breaks, and chamber swells, Eksi Ekso takes the every-song-is-a-huge-crescendo mentality of general post-rock and arc-welds it to great verse-chorus-bridge popcraft that belies the band’s youth.” – Consequence of Sound

“Eksi Ekso has caught my eye in delivering one of the most striking albums of the year… the sheer rush of clashing emotions conveyed is one of remarkable awe…” –Obscure Sound

“the local chamber-rocking group is one of the city’s more adventurous indie bands” – The Phoenix (Boston)

"Addition by subtraction" is a cliche often quoted by the unoriginal (as well as the mathematically-impaired) that nonetheless offers a fair assessment of Eksi Ekso-- a band that has gone from six to three full-time members and still somehow expanded its sound by refining it.

When writing began for the follow-up to 2008's I Am Your Bastard Wings, the three current members of Eksi Ekso: Tom Korkidis (vocals, guitar, bass, keys), Alex Mihm (drums, loops, percussion), and Sean Will (keys, synths, trumpet, samples), found themselves increasingly constrained by the inertia of a large band seemingly doomed to stay within its post-rock tendencies. As the three spent more time working together, it became clear they had a very real momentum with myriad ideas that would never survive the democratic process of a six-piece group. If it sounded good, it stayed, with any concerns of conforming to some pre-existing musical identity being summarily dismissed. Eventually, the split was obvious and the other members left amicably, with one (Beth Holub, viola) remaining in a collaborative role.

The band's newest record, 2011's Brown Shark, Red Lion, shows a band comfortable exploring areas of orchestral pop, synth-soaked dance, and hard-hitting rock in ways that can appeal to the crowd who just want a catchy vocal line as well as the kids who go to the front of the stage to see what's in a band's pedal boards. The vocals are memorable and well-arranged, the melodic instruments make hooks out of refreshingly atypical chords and melodies, the rhythm section pummels with a deft blend of creativity and back-beat. Strings and brass are not haphazard novelties that show up when the band runs out of ideas; they propel the song when need be or billow beneath the din when subtlety is best.

The record was tracked in various New England studios, mixed by the esteemed and darling Scott Solter (John Vanderslice, Spoon, Pattern is Movement), and mastered by Dave McNair of Sterling Sound in New York. The end result is a departure from contemporaries' "I know a guy with Pro Tools" approach to recording.

So is this band just a bunch of aural high-horse pioneers and music-math wizards? Yes! Er, I mean... No. While the band is never content to rehash rock traditions and does not shy away from deviant instrumentation or the occasional odd time signature, none of the exploration is ever done for the sake of being different or self-aggrandizement. It is simply done for the sake of the song. The wide range of influences emerges maturely-- no funk verse followed by a heavy metal chorus, or exercises in instructional video wanker-dom. This is rock written for discerning ears, played by gents who know their instruments but have no jaded illusions about what makes music fun: hooks and a good f

Discography

I Am Your Bastard Wings - Magic Bullet (2008)
Kills of the Flood Tide (7" Single) - The Mylene Sheath (2010)
Brown Shark, Red Lion - The Mylene Sheath (March 2011)