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Radio Exile - 2015 Radio Exile

ARTIST: Radio Exile
ALBUM: Radio Exile
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Chandler Mogel - lead, backing vocals * Jimmy Leahey - guitars, backing vocals * Charlie Calv - piano, keyboards * Kenny Aaronson - bass * Dave Anthony - drums, percussion, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 High Road, High Price * 02 Soulfire * 03 No Pity On The Highway * 04 Feels Like Home * 05 Higher Than The Sun * 06 Hang On * 07 Starting Over * 08 Down In A Hole * 09 A Cross On Stone * 10 Road To Exile



Here's an interesting recent band, featuring a mix of old personnel and the relatively new. Radio Exile features the powerhouse voice of Chandler Mogel (Talon, Outloud, Khaos), but it's the old boy Kenny Aaronson who is the surprise here! The long-time bassist first came to prominence nearly 45 years ago playing with New York 70's legends Dust, Stories and Rick Derringer. This guy has been everywhere. At the time of writing he was part of the new Yardbirds lineup too. Keyboardist Charlie Calv is remembered from his time with New Jersey pompsters Shotgun Symphony, and it was he and Mogel that bought a bunch of tunes to the table that eventuated into Radio Exile. So an intriguing line-up with many influences coming into play.

The Songs
So, should one take a guess and place Radio Exile into classic rock territory? Abso-friggin-lutely? Take mega doses of Glenn Hughes, perhaps his side-band Voodoo Hill, a bit of Little Caesar and Beggars And Thieves.. mix it all together in the Kenwood, and voila! You have Radio Exile. The only giveaway that this is something modern (as opposed to something 'classic') is Chandler's vocals, though he does well to put a 70's slant on precedings. His does a fine job truth be told. I reckon he spent a few days going through the Glenn Hughes back-catalogue. My favourites? We start with the shuffly and chant driven opener 'High Road, High Price'. Charlie Calv gives us an organic plate with some older styled ivory runs. 'No Pity On The Highway' sounds like a track sourced from 1975, such is its antiquated delivery. Fantastic! Radio Exile do pull off some softer and Aor-ish moments. 'Feels Like Home', 'A Cross On Stone' and 'Road To Exile' would be three examples, while 'Down In A Hole' and 'Hang On' are ideal representations of the band operating in their optimum mode.

In Summary
Without doubt, Radio Exile will appeal to classic rock aficionados. It certainly isn't AOR, despite the marketing and perceived branding. Give it a chance because there's a lot to like with their music. This may shake my top 10 at years end.

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#1 | Nick C on November 19 2015 15:31:55
Love the sleeve, its dead similar to Steven Wilsons Continuum Recyclings Volume II with the sea forts, in fact I saw it and had to do a double take. But this sounds really interesting ... might have to check it out.
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