BEFORE YOU GO
AWAL / KOBALT
RENEE COTSIS (Publicist)
Driven by post-youth nostalgia and the people of their past, EXES — a bicoastal duo, fronted by Allie McDonald and producer Mike Derenzo— invite listeners into the whimsically romantic world of their design. Allie’s lyrical intimacy combined with Mike’s sonic intricacy allow the duo to create a detail-oriented sort of indie pop; equal parts affectionate and vulnerable in production, lyrics, and melody.
EXES wrote and recorded their first EP, “The Art of Saying Goodbye,” which garnered over 25 million streams across platforms and was featured on i-D Magazine, USA Today and Galore, among other outlets. Their songs have been heard and featured on ABC’s drama “Quantico,” Netflix’s re-boot of the fan favorite, “DeGrassi” and the UK’s BAFTA Award winning, “Made in Chelsea.”
The duo had additional success with singles that charted at Top 10 on HypeMachine and were featured on Taylor Swift’s “Songs Taylor Loves,” along with being featured on Spotify official playlists including, New Music Friday, Indie Pop and Chill Vibes. EXES has also been heard streaming in major retailers, Starbucks and H&M, on their in-store official playlists nationwide.
In between the two EPs, EXES released Taxi and Cain which garnered 2.68 million and 2.28 million Spotify streams respectively. The band has opened for Børns in LA at the Bardot and Ella Vos at both her SF and LA tour stops.
EXES is currently working towards the release of their second project, “Before You Go,” expected this fall.