What happens when you combine a guitar-playing hobbit, a regenerating beard, an unassuming bumblebee, a fashionable charmer, a little girl, a time-keeping robot, the unintentionally funny one, and the mature teacher? You get a damn fine mix of people and instruments that make up Seattle’s-own Exohxo.
An eight-piece pop/rock band, Exohxo is comprised of Danny on vocals and guitar, Jasen on vocals and guitar, Jason on bass and vocals, Kyle on keyboards and vocals, Johnny on drums, Hiromi on violin, Elizabeth on viola, and Benjamin on violin.
The band is the brainchild of members of the group Speaker Speaker. Toward the end of 2008, Danny and Jasen wrote and recorded songs for Exohxo’s first album, Other Ghosts. Live performances around the Emerald City, and airplay on The End (107.7), as well as articles in online magazines, The Stranger and Seattle Weekly have given the band a certain amount of local fame.
The Internet played a big part in getting the band together, with some members responding to craigslist want ads, and another who answered a request on Twitter. The original plan was to have an always-changing succession of members, but once everyone started playing together, it worked so well that they’ve been together ever since.
A month ago, Exohxo recorded an EP with Conrad Uno (of The Presidents of the United States of America, Mudhoney and the Posies), and created a five-song EP called The Pitfalls, the Possibilities, the Peril and the Promise. The album varies stylistically and includes everything from ballads to driving rock, and features nearly 30 people when you include a ten-piece choir, a string quartet and a thirteen-piece orchestra.
After their very first live show, The Stranger’s Megan Seling had this to say, “it was as promising and charming as any first show should be for a band that has existed only about two months.” Others have compared Exohxo with the Hold Steady and Arcade Fire.
Check out their music on MySpace or Facebook, and the songs from the new EP here. Not enough Exohxo for you? Go see them in person on June 3rd at Neumos at 8pm, and get ready for something different.