Rising avant-garde rock band Xerxes has released a new song today called “Exit 123” from their upcoming record, Collision Blonde, which is due out on October 21st via No Sleep Records. The track is currently streaming atBrooklynVegan.com and the record can be pre-ordered now at iTunes (w/instant download of “Chestnut Street”) and from No Sleep Records at https://nosleeprecords.com/product/7316.

Stream “Exit 123” now at BrooklynVegan.com.

“I cooked at a restaurant in Southern Indiana about 50 hours a week for about a year leading up to the recording of Collision Blonde,” vocalist Calvin Philley tells BrooklynVegan.com. “I got fired during the recording process but that’s a different story. “Exit 123” is the first exit after you cross the bridge over the Ohio River from Louisville to New Albany on I-64 west and the route I took to work. I have severe anxiety about driving and it only gets worse as things pile up in my life with girls, money, work and anything else. Once I just panic attacked all the way to work, thought I was dying and all that. I fantasized about running through the guardrail in my shitty Chevy SUV. That’s it. I got myself fired in April and haven’t been back to Indiana since.”

Xerxes latest track, “Exit 123,” melds influences of frantic hardcore and neo-goth for a completely unique sound that falls somewhere between Iceage and Ceremony and The Cure and Joy Division. The new song follows the band’s recently released track “Chestnut Street” and is one among ten aggressively emotional songs on 2014’s dark horse record of the year, Collision Blonde.

Additionally, Xerxes and No Sleep Records have announced details of their upcoming CMJ showcase, “No Sleep till CMJ II,” that will serve as the band’s official album release show. Co-presented by BrooklynVegan.com, the FREE showcase will take place at The Paper Box inBrooklyn, NY on October 21st from 6PM till whenever and will feature headliner John Nolan (Taking Back Sunday) along with ‘68Chris Farren (Fake Problems), XerxesThe Felix CulpaAviatorRun ForeverRescuerIn BetweenForeign Tongues and Maps For Travelers.

In addition to their CMJ performance, Xerxes will be performing at Subterranean in Chicago, IL on August 26th where the band will be performing Collision Blonde in its entirety. The band will also be doing a session with Audiotree Live on August 27th, which will be broadcast live at http://audiotree.tv/live/ that day. The band will have a few more dates around their CMJ and The Fest performance to announce in the coming weeks.


Xerxes Tour Dates:

Aug 26 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean (w/Cut Teeth, Lord Snow, Droughts)

Oct 21 – Brooklyn, NY – The Paper Box (No Sleep till CMJ II)

Oct 31-Nov 1 – Gainesville, FL – The Fest