CMW Preview: Make Your Exit

Toronto Band Make Your Exit By: Sheena Lyonnais
March 10, 2010

Toronto’s Make Your Exit weaves a great deal of maturity and elegance into their music, explaining why their soothingly ambient lines are love at first listen.  The experimental indie band will make you move and maybe cry all in one album.  Perhaps one of the better responses we’ve received thus far, the man behind their tantalizing vocals Jeff Buckley delivers a comical yet insightful look into what they plan to bring to CMW. 

How are you doing and where are you right now?

I am very, very tired, because I drove home very late from a show in Kingston with the recently reunited Lovely Feathers, and had to work very early this morning. I am now in my kitchen eating delicious salsa. Less specifically, Toronto.

There are a lot of bands playing CMW, why should I watch yours?

Because our band has saxophones and mustaches. Unfortunately, the saxophones don’t have mustaches themselves. Also, because you might not have heard our record before and I want you to!  We have a lot of fun playing for people and we think you’d have fun watching us. I promise to jump around excessively for you. And maybe a hug after!

What are you doing to prepare for CMW?

Playing lots of shows!  We played on Friday March 5th at the Steam Whistle Brewery and have played two different venues in Kingston in the past 72 hours. That, and as our Audio Blood CMW video shows , lots of pushups. The pushups keep us limber and the shows keep us tight. We may also be writing some new songs for fun too…and learning “Band On The Run.”

What are you hoping to get out of the festival?

To see some of our great friends play and to see some bands I have yet to see live. Maybe a Darren Tarbat [Corduroy] sighting!? We have made friends with some great bands from out west that CMW will be bringing into town. It will be nice to see them and hear them play once again.

Tell me a tour story that is crazy but true.

This isn’t as crazy as it is impressive.  [Saxophonist] Oliver [Sauk] once consumed three servings of poutine in one day of traveling. The first was for breakfast in Ottawa after a truly epic evening of show playing/drinking, and I believe it was some kind of curry poutine hybrid. We then forged on that afternoon to play a show at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec, so we had to, of course, get more poutine once we had entered Quebec. At a gas station? Yup.

Once we arrived and soundchecked at the venue, we went out for dinner to some small student-recommended spot. Oli proceeded to order the Slider, which was a pita filled with poutine in a very attractive cone shape. He ate it like a champ. We then went back to play a show of original material, while multiple girls asked us to play Zeppelin the whole night. A great day. Seriously though, it was awesome. I want to go back to Lennoxville soon.

What are you/your band working on at the moment?

New songs! We have just found ourselves a great new drummer and are actual hours away from diving into new material. We hope in the next few months some of our ideas will have sorted themselves out into some songs we can play for you all. That and maybe getting some band photos done. If you are a photographer and reading this, please inquire if you want to take some pics for us!

Any last parting words for us music-hungry Toronto folk?

There are so many great acts coming to CMW this year and so many of them are local or at least Canadian, which makes us proud to be part of this scene. Hopefully everyone gets out and enjoys the festival.  We are also playing a post-CMW party on Sunday night at Comedy Bar, home of Sunday Night Live. That is also a great lineup that includes Whale Tooth, Provincial Parks, and Hooded Fang and lots of very funny people in a comedy crew called The Sketchersons.

Make Your Exit CMW Showcase:

Thursday March 11, 2010 @ 1:00AM
El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Ave 416-777-1777
19+ Limited wristbands/passes accepted

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