Exit Verse

  • Exit Verse

Acclaimed singer & guitarist Geoff Farina (Karate, Secret Stars, Glorytellers) teamed up with drummer John Dugan (Chisel, Edsel) and bassist Pete Croke (Brokeback, Tight Phantoms) to form Chicago’s Exit Verse early in 2013. On their debut album, Farina belts out catchy rockers with more vigor than he has in 2 decades. The album’s concise, gutty anthems ring of the mid-90s when the guitar-driven Karate was shaking basements and DIY venues across Europe.

The angular rhythms of “Seeds” and the simmering “Fiddle & Flame” evoke the Karate of In Place Of Real Insight, but the new band demonstrates stronger rock roots, and resounds the classic rock radio and 70s/80s punk vinyl of Farina’s youth. Farina still delivers his songs with the urgency of Karate’s most bellicose moments, but with less self-consciousness and more determination.
Farina has kept busy since Karate’s 2005 demise: He recorded 3 records with his acoustic trio Glorytellers; toured and recorded with singer/guitarist Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine) and with the Roman folk band Ardecore; played hundreds of solo shows in Europe and the US; taught music history at DePaul University, the University of Maine, and Colby College; and recorded The Wishes of the Dead, his first solo record in over ten years. A recent stint in the short-lived Chicago punk-improv trio Bando (with bassist Nathan McBride and drummer Frank Rosaly) refreshed Farina’s appetite for loud guitars, so he formed Exit Verse shortly after McBride moved from Chicago to Boston, putting Bando on indefinite hiatus.

The trio tracked these 9 songs during the summer of 2013 at Minbal in Chicago. Later in the year, Farina flew to Boston to do overdubs and mix with his long-time collaborator/engineer Andy Hong (Kimchee/Tape Op), and invited Thalia Zedek (Come, Live Skull) to sing on three tracks and finally, Bob Weston (Shellac/Mission OF Burma) mastered the album at his Chicago Mastering Service. Since the recording, drummer Chris Dye (Speck Mountain, Chin Up Chin Up) replaced Dugan, who left the band to meet work and family commitments.

Released by Damnably on White 12′ Vinyl, CD Digipak & Digital.

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SHOWS

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27 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Lausanne Le Bourg CH
26 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Zürich Ziegel Oh Lac CH
25 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Saarbrücken Garage (Kleiner Club) DE
24 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Trier Private Show DE
23 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Münster Gleis 22 DE
22 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Offenbach Hafen 2 DE
21 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Bielfield Forum DE
20 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Bremen Tower Musikclub DE
19 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Berlin Privat Club DE
18 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Leipzig Conne Island DE
16 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Aalborg 1000fryd DK
15 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Malmo Grand SE
14 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Oslo Pokalen Pub NO
13 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Stockhom Lilla Hotellbaren SE
12 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Copenhagen KB18 DK
11 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Hamburg Astra Stube DE
10 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Gronigen Vera NL
09 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Zichem Den Hemel BE
08 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Diksmuide 4AD BE
07 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Liege l’An Vert BE
06 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Freiburg Slowclub DE
05 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Milan Lofi IT
03 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Napoli Barrio IT
02 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in San Salvo Marina-CH Beat Cafè IT
01 May 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Pesaro Splashdown Music Festival IT
30 Apr 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Savona Raindogs IT
29 Apr 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Rome Init IT
28 Apr 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Bologna Freakout IT
26 Apr 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Mantova Virgilio IT
25 Apr 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Finale Emilia-MO Manitese IT
24 Apr 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Pordenone PNBOX Studios IT
23 Apr 2015 http://www.damnably.com Exit Verse in Torino Blah Blah IT
Recent Press

The A.V. Club “The track sees Farina guiding the band into some classic-rock territory with his stomping staccato riffs, but as it moves forward and reaches its ethereal apex it shows Farina’s ability to take something gut-level and make it heady, just like he did so well with Karate over a decade ago.”
Stereogum Album Stream “The resulting album is like Karate crossed with classic rock, and it’s well worth a listen.”
Visions Magazine (Germany) Album Stream + Review 7.4/10
DOD Magazine (Spain) Album Stream
3Voor12 Album Stream
Uncut Magazine 7/10 “Farina often sounds like a less eloquent Stephen malkmus, but his tough yet elegant guitar is the star here, and “Sparrows”, “Chrome” and “Perfect Hair” cry for high volume on a long drive through the American badlands”
The Skinny 8/10 “There’s nothing to trouble the bop-phobic, which may leave older fans to pine for the oblique chords of old. But pathos follows in complexity’s wake:
‘Silver Stars’ tugs so adeptly at the tearducts that you couldn’t begrudge him a single thing. “It’s so hard to change,” Farina later concludes, but he could’ve fooled us”
Mowno “Far from contemporary rock more twisted and enraged assumed throughout, Exit Verse takes full effect in its authenticity. Indéboulonnable, Farina takes us back where he had left us orphans with Karate, and wakes with his new fellow mastery air atmospheres, highlighted in his inimitable voice. A recipe remained implacable, who is ready to dive into the rock candy.”
Magnet 7/10 “it’s exciting to see a seasoned pro still pushing his limits ”
Popmatters 8/10 “His (Geoff Farina)music is like that wine: you enjoy the aroma, but it is the aftertaste that you don’t forget. And it does get better with time, believe it or not.”
Gaesteliste Interview
Westzeit 5/6
Westzeit Interview
Washed Up Emo Podcast Interview w/ tracks
Muzine 8/10
WhisperinandHollerin 7/10
New Noise Magazine 5/5 “One might think that topping anything Karate or Chisel achieved would be impossible, but, well, this gets real close in a sort of Ted Leo meets Thin Lizzy vein.”
Onda Rock 6.5/10
DOA “Whilst it’s unlikely to stop fans craving for a Karate reunion, this first Exit Verse LP is a fun and far from throwaway means for Geoff Farina to reconnect with his more plugged-in persona.”
The Bond‘ was ‘Meat Of The Week’ (track of the week) on BBC 6Music’s  from Huey’s Show
Radio play from John Kennedy on XFM, The Sunday Service,KK on TrashFlow,ALLY on Art School Dancing,