Sunday, July 17, 2005
Hearing a good band from the early 80's & still playing good music at present is quite rare,This was the case of Exit 13.Headed by multi-instrumentalist Steve Mann,Carlton Hunt (drums) & Paul Hunt (guitar/mandolin) & other sessioned musicians,Exit 13 started as Emergency Exit from early gigs in their native town of Ipswich (East Anglia,UK).The band soon moved to London when they attracted some recording companies with their early demos which hints a Syd Barrett influenced sound.
After arriving in London,They met Nick Head who will become their producer & he is the one who suggest that the band should release a "7 so in the summer of '85,"Fields Of Joy" was recorded & released later in the year where it picked up good radio & press reviews.Over the next few years,The band releases 2 more singles in the same psychedelic folk pop/C86 vein,a "7 "Over The Bridge",a "12 "Perfect Dream" (see:"The Sound Of Leamington Spa Vol.3") & an LP titled "Celia's Last Wednesday" (this one is a rare stuff so it was sold out) which received a lot of interest to their following & resulted to a 10 date German tour back in '89.
Singer/songwriter Steve Mann later on head back to Ipswich & has carried on with the band & it's music,Still doing gigs around town occasionally & has released a"7 single "Soldiers & Sailors" in '93.The band also released "The Return Of Captain Friday" (a cool LP,a sound for summer!) in 2002 followed by the newly released "Three" last year which saw Steve play all of the instruments in the LP.Steve also runs Backwater Records which released Exit 13 materials & other local Ipswich bands.You can check/buy Exit 13 releases & other stuff Here
You can view Exit 13 site Here for some info & the latest news on the re-release of "Celia's Last Wednesday" plus older singles on CD.
Thanks to Steve Mann for the info about the band & it's music.