I donï¿½t know if the split with Virgin Records did make The Exies angry and hungry for revenge, but itï¿½s those thoughts that run through my head after a handful spins of their new record. ï¿½A Modern Way Of Living With The Truthï¿½, the forth album from the Los Angeles based band and also the edgiest one. Gone is any kind of glam influences that could be heard on especially their debut, and instead has the guitar sound taken a heavier direction signed Scott Stevens. The change isnï¿½t that huge, but proofs that that they want to go on and develop their sound into something new and fresh for the fans.
You can read in their bio that their sound can be described as the missing link between grunge and emo, which I think is more or less true. I would also like to add some hardrock in that mix because I think theyï¿½re far straighter forward than both the grunge and the emo rock in style.
So with a more mature sound The Exies is back on the scene after the 2004 record ï¿½Head For The Doorï¿½. And I canï¿½t decide if this is their best release or not. Scott Stevens is always a great songwriter and vocalist, so you really know what to get, high quality from track one to the end. With some more trashy tunes ala Foo Fighters the band is back and will make some huge shows the coming months.
ï¿½A Modern Way Of Living With The Truthï¿½ feels like their most honest and complete record so far so I canï¿½t imagine that any fan of their previous records will say anything else. A safe buy!