Exile Kings
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Exile Kings

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
Band Alternative Rock


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"CD Review: Shine by Exile Kings"

Shine is a impressive musical production from top to bottom. The music is clean, goes down smooth, & the messages are passionate & are sung from a deeply honest perspective. It’s strong suit – the amazing creative genius of Manoo Halati. He possess enough musical talent & songwriting prowess to be dangerous. The musicianship is first rate, the songs are short and sweet musical experiences. Each one possessing a unique personality, flair, and signature groove. Lastly - the playing, writing, and singing abilities of Manoo Halati and his band are amazing. Exile Kings have clearly proven themselves with this release and are worthy of attention, spotlight, and praise. I guess could go on and on all night about Exile Kings, you simply have got to get your hands on some of their music. You should start with “Shine" to see what I am talking about. It's pretty much amazing! - Skope Magazine

"Learning To Breathe : An interview with Exile Kings front man Manoo Halati"

I recently had the privilege of reviewing the latest CD by Exile Kings entitled Shine... - Indie Music Digest

"Exile Kings: Hear The Call"

For many people, music is a calling too strong to ignore. Manoo Halati, the creator of New York City’s Exile Kings is one of those people.

After years of letting his dreams fall to the side Manoo left behind the security of the nine to five to dedicate himself to his passion. The result? A truly astonishing debut album that is likely to shake up the indie music scene.

Shine, the product of six months’ worth of inspiration and a fair helping of blood, sweat and tears, combines the songwriting know-how of a Damien Rice or John Frusciante with the pop and rock sensibilities of bands like The Verve or Coldplay.

Exile Kings is a particularly apt name for the project Manoo embarked on.. He was a man who felt himself exiled from his true passion and, in a way, exiled from life. The name also comes from Manoo’s background as an Iranian-American. While physically distant from the struggle for freedom going on in his fatherland, the emotional connection remains strong, as seen by some of Shine‘s more powerful lyrical moments.

Before the album began to take shape, Manoo met Brooklyn producer Craig Levy – aka Little Pioneer. Together, the pair crafted a unique sound for the Exile Kings.

It was an organic process, with many of the songs remaining ephemeral experiments right up until the moment they were finished. Sometimes the music is an explosion of creative energy, while at others it is an intimate whisper. But throughout, the Exile Kings sound remains both unique and captivating.

Naturally given the disillusionment Manoo felt before finding his musical salvation, the songs are about loss, alienation and broken hearts. But they are also about hope, joy and redemption.

In fact, Shine is about everything that a great rock album should be about-life, with all its highs and lows. And, on a personal level, it is about one man finding his path through the world thanks to the miraculous redemptive power of music.

Shine is out on January 25, with a series of New York shows to follow. Watch this space!

- New Artist Radio


Debut Album: Shine

songs are available for streaming on myspace and our website
album is available for sale of iTunes, Amazon and Rhapsody



Exile Kings is an NYC based indie music project started by Manoo Halati.

The project was born when singer/songwriter Manoo Halati lost his job and began playing music in earnest after years of letting music fall to the wayside.

Soon Manoo hooked up with Brooklyn producer Craig Levy (aka Little Pioneer). Together they began laying down tracks and experimenting with song arrangements. Somewhere along the line it became clear that they were making an album and Shine was born.

Using layered guitars, large sting sections and driving rhythms they created a unique, and at the same time familiar, brand of alternative rock.

Manoo is currently writing and performing new material.