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Dilemma (single)
The Crash Technique EP



Free, relieved and released are synonymous with the musicality and style of Chicago’s alternative hard rock band Exempt. Consisting of Chris Cortez (Vocals/Guitar), Franky Contreras (Lead Guitar), Eddie Sanchez (Bass), and Jonathan “Chewy” Chiu (Drums), Exempt incorporates their hard rock influences with catchy modern melodies and riffs. In a time where alternative rock is becoming more electronic and pop-friendly, Exempt brings a refreshing sound that is missing from today’s music by remaining contemporary without losing their authenticity of rock ‘n roll.

In 2011, Exempt won The Hard Rock Cafe Chicago’s Battle of The Bands competition judged by Chicago’s Alternative Rock Station Q101. After their win, Exempt released their first EP featuring fan favorite “Fire” and thrilling “Crash Technique.”

The four friends have continued to improve their craft and musicianship and have come a long way from practicing in basements and playing at school parties to opening for bands at notable venues such as The Canopy Club, Elbo Room and Bottom Lounge. In the words of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, “Rock ‘n Roll isn’t dead!” and Exempt is bringing rock back right onto the forefront.