Exit Ten can't wait to go on tourBy Linda Serck
October 04, 2012
Exit Ten are excited. And so the Reading rock band should be.
The five-piece are about to embark on a mammoth UK and European tour with American rockers Shinedown and will finally be achieving one of their dreams of playing Brixton Academy.
“It’s basically the biggest tour we’ve ever done,” said frontman Ryan Redman.
“About five years ago I said to James the bassplayer in a service station, ‘next year we’re gonna play Brixton Academy to thousands of people’.”
The support slot evidently is a big deal for Exit Ten.
For them it means some positives amid what must have seemed a quagmire of bad luck.
Rewind six years and they were on the verge of signing to Sony. They had just recorded an EP with legendary producer Andy Sneap called This World They’ll Drown.
Things were looking rosy.
Then Sony backed out and the band had to foot a £15,000 bill in order to release the EP, which they did as they were proud of what they’d recorded.
Then in 2008 the band released their debut album Remember The Day, but more disaster struck when their label folded.
“The album disappeared off the shelf,” said Ryan. “It’s amazing we’re still doing it, it’s testament to how much we enjoy it.
“It’s been tough because then we became fully independent as that was the only way to do it.”
Last year their second album Give Me Infinity was released to wide acclaim.
And this support tour means that more people will get to hear it.
“We could’ve done with the support tours like the one coming up a little bit earlier but now we have it it’s an amazing opportunity to play that album,” Ryan said.
“I just can’t wait to get on stage. Sometimes you get these setbacks and it gets you down, but I just can’t wait to play.”
Their forthcoming single Mountain, off Give Me Infinity, documents the uphill struggle the band have had.
And while on the road they will be working on their third album using iPad recording equipment.
But the big news for local fans is that they’re playing a tour warm-up headline show in Reading.
It’s their first home town show in over a year, so advance ticket purchase is advised.
Head to Sub89, Friar Street, Reading, on Thursday, October 11, to see Exit Ten – the band who have put blood, sweat and tears into their music.
And happily, they didn’t give up.
Tickets cost £8 in advance from www.sub89.com
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