The Exies burst onto the Los Angeles club scene in 1997 when singer/guitarist Scott Stevens drafted bassist Freddy Herrera and drummer Thom Sullivan* to form a new group whose sound molds late '60s British Invasion pop with futuristic wall-of-sound guitars. Stevens then recruited guitarist David Walsh, who added some crunchy riffs and steller leads to his intricately crafted pop numbers. (*Thom and
The Exies parted ways in September Y2K, and Dennis has joined the band. Thom is currently playing with Hutch.)
Although some have compared
The Exies sound to Stone Temple Pilots, their only connection is Dean DeLeo, a very early fan of the band who expressed interest in producing their first album. (His commitments to STP prevented him from doing so.)
Their debut album was released in 2000, and
The Exies toured extensively. While touring, they caught the attention of Grammy winning Producer Matt Serletic, who bought their contract from the indie label they were on. 2001 was spent writing and recording. A bit more recording in the beginning of 2002, then off to tour starting in August.
The Exies continued touring in 2003 in support of Inertia, with single “My Goddess” being performed on David Letterman and peaking at #20 on mainstream rock charts. The video for “My Goddess”, filmed by Diane Martel, became a top 10 hit on MTV2.
In June 2004 The Exies headed back into the studio with rock producer Nick Raskulinecz, for a more straightforward, powerful sound. Less experimenting with arrangements, more rock!