Brooklyn, NY-based indie rockers The Exits are due to release their debut EP in early 2018 and today, we’re teasing the music with a stream of the brand new single “Please Don’t Tell”. The band — which consists of Jared X (guitar, lead vocals), Ryan “Cal” Calabrese (drums, vocals), and Tom Harrison (bass) — have been causing quite the local commotion thanks to regular club gigs and house parties in New York City area.
For sake of background, interestingly the band may be all rock but their early days were actually steeped in hip-hop. Originally performing under the moniker DownBeat Keys while attending Hamilton College, X and Calabrese shared the stage with acts as diverse as Future (SXSW) and Bon Jovi (PlayStation Theater). Fast forward in time and the pair teamed with Harrison and the band’s new incarnation was born.
Speaking of the “Please Don’t Tell” single, lead singer Jared Schneider commented: “The song doesn’t have a lot of lyrics. It’s basically a prayer. There’s only one direct theme, and that’s dishonesty in a relationship. But the song isn’t really about anything specific. It’s more of a feeling. I wrote it shortly after a friend of mine passed away from a drug overdose. Please Don’t Tell is actually the name of a bar in the East Village, somewhere we hung out together. So the song came out of those feelings, along with my experience in a troubled relationship.”