Exit State live at the Manchester HMV Ritz

Exit State, without a doubt, have something a bit special about them. CackBlabbath first came across the band at the SOS Festival in Manchester a couple of years back when they were just getting into the swing of promoting their debut “Death Of A Rockstar” album.

Exit State Live in Manchester by CackBlabbath

And back then, they were pretty good… certainly showed some potential šŸ˜‰

Well fast forward almost 2 years and we caught up with Exit State in Manchester, which is (more or less) a hometown gig for them. Judging by the decent crowd that had gathered in the Ritz we were not the only ones who thought they were worth checking out. Their second album came out recently on Rocksector Records andĀ  showcased a band maturing in approach and growing in confidence.

Exit State Live in Manchester by CackBlabbathExit State took to the stage and immediately set about showing exactly why they are so hotly tipped for big things. Opening up with Black Veins theyĀ  delivered an assured performance that went down a storm with the (admittedly partisan) crowd.

If Exit State proved anything tonight (and frontman Roy Bright does not come across as the sort of person who feels the need to prove anything to anyone), it’s that they know how to craft a catchy tune. As the set continued with Check Out The Crazy from the new album and I Know Where You Are off the debut it was almost as though the band felt the need to up their performance to match the quality of their songwriting.

Nice to see a band start to deliver on it’s potential….

New (well to me anyway) track Elastic followed, by which point the band were giving it everything. I love seeing musicians relaxed and enjoying what they do and Exit State looked to be having a great time, feeding off the enthusiastic audience response.

The trip through the highlights of their two albums continued with Bad Days and Lost Beyond Belief before their set closed on a high with the title track off Death Of A Rock Star.

As Roy put it… “This is the title track to our debut album Death Of A Rock Star, it is Death Of A Rock Star”.

Glad we cleared that up šŸ™‚

One of the best things about following the progress of young bands is seeing them develop and grow over time. Sometimes a promising debut leads nowhere… but on occasion you catch up with a band a couple of years down the line and they surprise you with just exactly how much they have developed.

Exit State are the latter, oh boy are they the latter. Watch out for these guys, they’re going places….