EMQ’s with EXIT 18
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Beverly, Massachusetts based Rock band Exit 18! Huge thanks to Julia Perry for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Hey I’m Julia Perry, I sing but I also play guitar and piano. Sean Leahy sings and plays guitar, Doug Mears is on guitar, Darren Muise is on bass and my older brother Dylan Perry is on drums. Dougie and Dylan hold down the harmonies too. We’ve all been playing in the same Boston music scene since like 2012. Me, Doug and Dylan were in a band then called One Track Mind, and we played a lot of the same shows as Sean’s old band. We started jamming when Sean and I were the last two still stuck neck deep in high school after our band members went off to study cubicles or something. They drove back to practice with us when we started to pick up some momentum though.
How did you come up with your band name?
Haha ok so we had a very romanticized idea of adulthood when we started this band at my ripe age of 14, and the name was an homage to the idea I kind of obsessed over that once you turn 18 real life starts and you get to “exit” the whole condescending incubation chamber thing. I was pretty desperate to get a taste of freedom and respect instead of constantly being belittled as a minor. I think kids nowadays deserve way more credit for acting more like ethical leaders than some of our actual leaders do. So “Exit 18” felt like the shiny end of the tunnel for a bunch of kids who were pretty awful at sitting down and being obedient. Except for Dylan, he was a very good boy… We’re also all legit neighbours and it’s everyone’s highway exit off 128.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re from America, so I can’t really speak to our entire country, but in New England the underground punk scene is alive and well. Some assholes say rock is dead but I don’t think they’re looking very hard.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
We just put out a single and an official music video for our song ‘Brace for Impact’.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Oh my god we’re big fangirls! Deftones, Portishead, Queens of the Stone Age, Amy Winehouse, Jack White, Kendrick Lamar, Bjork, My Chemical Romance, Tom Waits, the likes of Hendrix and Zeppelin and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Nat King Cole. But also Biggie. And also, Lana del Rey. And also Judas Priest. As for harder shit I’ve been listening to a lot of newer Metalcore like Northlane and I stay bumping August Burns Red and Knocked Loose.
What first got you into music?
Sean had a classic Beatles childhood, and Dylan and I remember being very little at my uncle Dana’s low rock shows, but I don’t think I consciously obsessed over anyone until middle school when we all began our not yet subsided emo phases? My Chemical Romance ruined my life and then saved it.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
If I could get Kevin Parker of Tame Impala to make an alt metal album with Deftones id absolutely give limbs to sing on that.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Glastonbury because we want to be British
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
One time I got an 3x5ft drawing of my face in the mail, mirrored so there were two of me, it was beautifully drawn but this girl must have spent like 15 hours drawing it in coloured pencil. I still have it. I was also once gifted a small wooden heart widdled to fit in the palm of my hand? I love people.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Oh man dude don’t people get albums and albums to express what they want to people?? But I guess just very generally, guys, you are so fucking precious. Everyone in this world is profoundly connected and every little act of help and goodness matters. I wanna be a force of goodness and love and compassion and actively be a part of this great waking up that has come of this frankly horrifying political environment. We can do it if we start right now!!! Don’t stop!!!! Let’s go!!!!
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Can you imagine if Amy Winehouse got to make a third album? Bro! She’s a rock star.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The feeling of screaming my head off is like scratching the itch of all itches. Sometimes it’s like a whole orgasm when you get lost enough. And I love communicating 10x more real emotion with 10x less words. And I love having a concrete recorded expression of that emotion I can keep forever and continue to feel that way over and over. That being said, musicians ironically enough can be pretty bad listeners sometimes. Just in conversation, but I hate that we’re all worse than the occasional associated inflated ego.
Which is something I try to be aware of, so let me know if I’m being an asshole so I can help it?
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The scummy sexist underbelly! Nobody fucking touch me. Also, unless you already have money it’s very hard to make money. But mostly the scum bags in high places can eat rocks.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Around The Fur” by the Deftones. I have a Deftones tat on my buttcheeks! Also “…Like Clockwork” by Queens Of The Stone Age (QOTSA).
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl’s comeback is doing good things for the music industry right now and I love owning CD’s, but downloads make it so easy to consume everything I want, so as a kinda hedonist downloads have kind of become the best way in my opinion. But I like the warmth of vinyl best sound-wise for sure.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Sonia in Boston a few months ago was fucking epic, the energy in the room was just overwhelming. Probably the biggest crowd we’ve played to.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
If I wasn’t a musician I’d probably be volunteering. Refugee camps need HELP, or teaching English somewhere warmer than Boston? I’ve thought about joining the Peace Corps or full time campaigning to get a woman elected president but I also always thought that if I couldn’t sing or write or play I would be almost content to be a nice humble Icelandic goat farmer. But I might just be a bum. I don’t know. Every day my little bubble revolves around music.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Alive? Ok Obama, a personal hypeman, whoever does the visuals for Massive Attacks live show, and two rock label executives having exceptionally good days.
What’s next for the band?
We have an upcoming EP we’re very excited about, and we’ve got a bunch of shows lined up.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Our Instagram is @exit18official and we’re on Spotify, Apple music, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, etc. Facebook too for ya mum.
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I don’t know what the fuck a jaffa cake is homie! This sounds like a very British argument I have no business in having.
Wait I just looked it up!
…Can I have one? Looks like both to me? Dessert is a beautiful inclusive spectrum guys the binary society doesn’t have to put tasty snacks in a box too!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
We just got nominated for Rock Act of the Year in the Boston Music awards, and it would mean the world to us if anyone would go to;
And vote for us. We’re committed to using our platform to help fight the good fight politically, in the climate crisis and in so many more dire issues, and the more people we can reach the more we can make a difference. Winning this would mean amazing things for us and our ability to help. Thank you!
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