Brooklyn Indie Band EXNATIONS Drop Booming New Single "Blank White"

Brooklyn Indie Band EXNATIONS Drop Booming New Single "Blank White"

You don't have to be in the same room to make music with your band anymore. I mean, sure, it definitely helps to at least share a zip code, but for EXNATIONS, they tackled the distance with hard work and creativity. Mostly based in Brooklyn but dabbling in Baltimore roots, the indie-pop band crafted their debut single, "Never About The Money," in separate states, using their own recording software and sending files back and forth from their bedrooms.

That's pretty impressive in itself, but the result of that debut goes far beyond talented. The radio-ready pop-rock anthem, built on synth vibrato and impassioned vocals, scored major airplay and buzz from music blogs, all well-deserved praise for such an innovative group. With frontman Sal Mastrocola on resounding vocals, guitar, and synth, Taylor Hughes providing high-energy percussion, and Dan Ciarrocchi offering spunky guitar lines, EXNATIONS is a long-distance love affair specializing in danceable angst.

Thankfully, the rock outfit are back with "Blank White," their latest single just released a few weeks ago. It's got the same moody, anthemic treatment EXNATIONS are so eager to douse their tunes in, an impressive signature tone already garnered by the band after just three singles. We asked Sal to tell us a little about the track and he delivered, revealing the "funny in hindsight" story behind "Blank White." 

Once, during a late night writing session while I was visiting the rest of the band in Baltimore, I got a panicked call from my wife. This little creative respite from my work life and day-to-day routine was about to come crashing down.

Legions of little grain weevils had gotten into a bag of bird seed in our apartment, turning her peaceful night upside down and sending me into a tizzy of helplessness, desperate text messages, and phone calls trying to remedy a situation I had no control over.

In hindsight, it’s a pretty funny story — a calm night suddenly interrupted by a bunch of little round insects. But at the time, it was a visceral show of the powerlessness that only distance can bring.

"Blank White" opens with a subtle crescendo of power rhythms before husky vocals come in quick, not so much singing as stating, smooth and steady but with a hint of boozy indie flavor. Soon, a splash of organic percussion and synth chimes kick their way into the arrangement, rounding out now with deep blooms of keys and rapid-fire beats. The track progresses in this way, building upon its own seconds ticking by, as each member of EXNATIONS throw a little more zest and color into the pot. The lyrics aren't super straightforward in that we learn all about that little bug situation back home at Sal's, but they're certainly not elusive either; singing "I'm far away, can't you see? / I can't do nothing, it's killing me," Sal reflects on missing out on the moments we're needed most, chugging along with electro-pop rhythms cut by muted angst that can be heard in the vocals and tearing riffs.

Listen to "Blank White" below and connect with EXNATIONS on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Featured photo by Adele Sakey

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