SOURCE: Exit 451

September 22, 2010 19:44 ET

Fans Seeking Pop/Rock With a Hypnotic Twist Can Take Exit 451

The Canadian Trio's Long Awaited Debut Album 'The Sea Above the Sky' Was Produced by Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Marianne Faithfull)

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - September 22, 2010) - Bringing a hypnotic twist to a richly melodic pop-rock vibe, Montreal-based trio Exit 451 reaches to The Sea Above the Sky, zeroing in on an album title that would convey the depth of its winding creative journey while exploring the immensity and mystery of love that carries through many of its songs.

Brothers Alain (guitars, piano, keyboards, arrangements) and Martin Avon (bass, arrangements) and lyricist/vocalist JP Alepins cleverly spin the concept of infinity and remoteness on their debut single "Where The Sea Meets The Sky," which was the #1 most added track its first week on the FMQB AC40 Chart

The cool moniker parallels don't stop there. Exit 451 recorded The Sea Above the Sky at The Bank Studio 451, the full-service facility the band rebuilt and owns in Montreal that is one of Canada's leading facilities. Its Yamaha grand piano, 96 channel SSL 9000 J console, vintage boards and mics and classic analog capabilities have made it a premiere destination for classical, jazz, pop and rock artists, vocal ensembles and producers from all over the world. The 6,500 square foot studio was dubbed The Bank because in its original form, it was built in an old bank building; the safes are still used to store microphones, valuable equipment and even masters.

Using live jazz drum mic'ing and capturing most of the songs in a live setting with two takes or less, the band -- working with veteran producer Mark Howard -- went the old school route, achieving a warm feeling by using analog technology through most of the recording process.

Howard, who used his Radar device for optimal sonic results, has produced projects for Bob Dylan, The Tragically Hip, Tom Waits and Marianne Faithfull. As Lanois' onetime engineer, he also worked on classic albums by legends like Neil Young, Robert Plant and U2.

The album art was developed by graphic artist Marc Bessant, best known for his work for Peter Gabriel's label Real World. The album is the first to be released on the band's The 451 Recording House label.

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