Debut album: ‘Universal Suffering’
Debut album by The Exiles
Produced by Guy Forrester at Linden Studios
Released by Matchbox Classics Records, November 2013
“Proof that punk rock can still stand for something. In times like these, with universal suffering, The Exiles are needed more than ever”
– Vive Le Rock magazine
“Full of swagger and attitude, they play every note with a passion and belief like no other”
– News & Star
“A great rock’n’roll record”
– TV Smith, The Adverts
Buy our music here
The Exiles live at Boldon Colliery, Jan 2017
We’ve got a handful of gigs lined up for later in the year (full details here):
• Fri 11 Aug 2017, Carlisle Old Fire Station – Carlisle Refugee Action Group fundraiser with Censored and Partisan
• Sat 14 Oct 2017, Glasgow 13th Note – with Paul Carter and Performance Enhancing Suppositories
• Sat 11 Nov 2017, Carlisle Brickyard – with UK Subs and Fat Albert
We’re looking for more gigs, and we’re also busying ourselves with our second album. Recording is now finished and we’re set to return to Lovers Lane Studios in Dumfries to mix eleven new tracks very soon.
Also, cult thriller I Am Not A Serial Killer is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and On Demand in the UK. The film features our track Hollywood Lies, which is available on limited edition CD here.
Cinema poster for cult film I Am Not A Serial Killer, which features The Exiles song Hollywood Lies – available on our debut album Universal Suffering.
The Exiles: (l-r) Simon, Tef, Debbie (Photo: A. Graham)
The Exiles track Hollywood Lies from the Harraby band’s debut album Universal Suffering features in a pivotal scene in director Billy O’Brien’s big screen adaptation of Dan Wells’s critically acclaimed novel I Am Not A Serial Killer. The movie premieres on Sunday 13 March in Austin, Texas, as part of SXSW festival. Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) and Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad) star in the film, which charts the story of a teenage boy hunting for a supernatural serial killer in his snowbound Midwestern town.
The Exiles played at a sold out Glasgow King Tut’s at their Joe Strummer Tribute Night on 22 December 2014, with all proceeds going to The Joe Strummer Foundation. Filmed by Nicola Phillips, the full set features What’s My Name, Tommy Gun, Janie Jones, Career Opportunities and The Magnificent Seven. This set features guest drummer, Steve ‘Harry Exile’ Harrison.
Phil and Simon dedicated this set of Clash covers to Chris Warwick, their best friend and long-time Exiles guitarist. Although devastated at Chris’s passing on 17 December 2014, they knew he would want them to play this gig.
Hopefully, there’ll be news of a Chris Warwick tribute gig very soon. Dates and venues are pencilled-in…
The Exiles stormed Rebellion 2014, with an energetic, kick-ass set on the Arena Stage that drew in plenty of punters at Blackpool Winter Gardens on Thursday lunchtime on 7 August.
A massive thanks to Daz and Jen, everyone at Team Rebellion, and every member of staff at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
If you were there, thanks for coming – and if you took pics or vids, please let us know…
Check out these official pics by ‘Uglypunk’ – you can see a full album of his photos on The Exiles facebook page.
And remember, we’re on the cover-mount CD of the current issue of Vive Le Rock magazine with the track ‘Alphaville’. Get our debut album Universal Suffering at our store!
Legendary German punk magazine Ox-Fanzine has reviewed The Exiles’ Universal Suffering, awarding our debut album a mighty 8/10 – the same score that high street glossies Vive Le Rock and Big Cheese magazine gave the album in their reviews earlier this year.
“Solid, classic punk rock. Such a richness, variety and consciousness of tradition we’ve heard lately only by Goldblade. Keep The Exiles on your radar…” – 8/10
– from ‘Universal Suffering’ review, Ox-Fanzine, Germany, April 2014
Since this review surfaced, orders for our album have again been pouring in, from Germany and beyond, so thanks to Ox-Fanzine’s Joachim Hiller for reviewing.
This month, The Exiles have played two of their best performances to date – supporting The Rezillos at Carlisle Brickyard (thanks to Pablo Komo Johnson for the pic, above) with Combo Zombo, and playing The Doll at the Black Bull in Gateshead with The Dugz and Razorblade Smile. Every band at these gigs was fantastic, as were the punters.
These gigs saw the addition of two new songs into our live set – Buzz Killer and Destroy The Daily Mail – and they’ve gone down amazingly well. We’re more than ready to play Rebellion Festival 2014 at Blackpool Winter Gardens on Thursday 7 August. You’ve never had it so punk!
We’re still looking for more gigs in the meantime (a few have fallen through, a few we’re waiting to hear back about) so please get in touch if you want to book us – we’re very reasonable, we don’t need no crusts cut off sarnies or nothing. We like crusts.
We’ve also filmed a promo vid for our cover version of The Harder They Come from our album – which we’ll edit as soon as the guy with the footage has enough data allowance to send us it all. Oh, the joys of poverty…