Exit had been a one-man project throughout its
existence up until 2010. The last full-length album I
released, ‘The Way Out Is Through,’ came out in 2005
to a fair amount of critical acclaim. But by 2010 or so,
I had grown somewhat burnt out on music – I hadn't
been writing and was performing live increasingly
sporadically. A friend, Patrik, approached me at a club
one night and essentially told me that I had to reinvent
everything I was doing. He said the first move should
be to step outside my comfort zone and start playing
with others – something I hadn’t done in over 15 years.
Pat ended joining the band on bass, and we recruited
Nathan (from The Holocaust Humanity) to play drums.
I’ve been reinvigorated ever since.
This collection of songs I never thought would see the
light of day. Previous albums had all been written in
a specific span of time, while these are years apart.
Something ties them all together though, and while
I’m not entirely sure what it is just yet, it might be their
one-time mutual abandon.
I had made a good amount of headway on these songs
throughout the years at my home studio, but when
Nathan and I got together to finalize them at his studio
everything came into clear. Stepping outside of my own
little world and collaborating with someone else far
more talented than me was the best thing that could
have happened. Nathan has exponentially helped me
breathe new life into every one of these songs, and
in turn has helped create the strongest record I have
ever been a part of. There is a cohesion here, and a
sense of experimentation – neither of which I feel were
apparent in previous albums. I think you can hear that
we have a confidence in what we are doing, and that
we are actually enjoying this as well – neither of which I
*KNOW* were apparent in previous albums!
When I initially thought to call the album ‘The Blind
Alley,’ I meant it in the truest, most down-trodden
sense of the phrase: a mistaken, unproductive
undertaking. Once I started feeling really great about
what we were doing, I decided to scrap the title
because I didn’t want to lend any sense of self-imposed
failure to the record. Upon further thought, I decided
to keep the title as very tongue-in-cheek. Almost a
reflection on what this musical endeavor used to thrive
on – a nod and a wink to times hopefully long past.
Making this record has restored and rebuilt my faith in
myself as a songwriter and performer, and has reborn
my passion for this project. For the first time in quite
some time I sincerely want people to hear the final
product, and I hope that people are moved by what