Backbeat: Exitmusic's NYC Release Party; 'Haven't I Seen That Singer Somewhere...'
Backbeat: Exitmusic's NYC Release Party; 'Haven't I Seen That Singer Somewhere...'

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My Arm's Asleep: Exitmusic's Aleksa Palladino (left) and Devon Church at home in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles (Photo: Chris Swanson)

Out of the shadows of the Mercury Lounge in New York, Exitmusic emerged to celebrate the release of their "From Silence" EP, their first release on indie stalwart Secretly Canadian, on Tuesday night (Oct. 4).

Led by singer/keyboardist Aleksa Palladino and guitarist Devon Church, with drummer Dru Prentiss and electronic artist Nicholas Shelestak on hand for their live show, Exitmusic performed their brooding, intricate indie rock in front of a projector screen that showcased hazy gray images as well as spinning neon shapes. Among the enthusiastic crowd were Secretly Canadian co-founder Chris Swanson, whose label signed Exitmusic in June; the Windish Agency's Mike Mori, currently serving as the duo's booking agent; and Church's mother, who proudly watched as her son finished his set by playing guitar with a violin bow.

Mori told Billboard that the band was gearing up to join indie rockers Phantogram for a fall tour that kicks off Oct. 20 in Pittsburgh, one night after the group performs at the Dead Oceans/Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian CMJ Showcase at Pianos in New York. Meanwhile, Swanson said that Exitmusic has "a whole batch of music" aside from the "From Silence" EP that is expected to be included on the band's debut full-length, out in early 2012.

Onstage, Palladino remained muted between the band's haunting songs, offering a simple, "Thanks for coming to our EP release" halfway through the set. Afterwards, however, the singer was more visibly excited about the show, talking to fans and chatting with Swanson and Mori about the performance.

If Palladino looks familiar, that may be because she's also a successful actress whose impressive IMDB filmography includes roles on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," the TV series "Law & Order: Criminal intent" and films such as "Before the Devil Knows Your Dead," "Red Dirt" and "Manny and Lo."

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iPhonin': (From left) Exitmusic frontwoman Aleksa Palladino, Secretly Canadian co-founder Chris Swanson, Exitmusic guitarist Devon Church and The Windish Agency's Mike Mori. (Photo: Jason Lipshutz's 3G)

EXITMUSIC - "The Hours" from stereogum on Vimeo.

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From the Mercury Lounge to Martin Scorsese: Exitmusic's Aleksa Palladino plays the character Angela Darmody on the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire."