The Exiles were formed in Bury St Edmunds in late 2001, and disbanded after 2 and a half years of fruitless gigging in May 2004. The band consisted of Ben Miles (guitar and vocals), Adam Moss (guitar), Matt Dupuy (bass) and Bob Halliwell (drums). In spite of getting some attention after their first Peel Session alongside fellow Bury St Edmunds band The Dawn Parade in March 2003, and subsequently recording an EP in July of that year, The Exiles never made an official release.
The band took their name from Bob's favourite album, 'Exile On Main Street' by The Rolling Stones. Prior to them playing their live session in March 2003, Peel suggested that having 'Exile...' as a favourite album was. 'Forgivable...just.' When Ben Miles replied that it wasn't forgivable Peel admitted that as it was the band's 'first time here, I was just being generous'. While the band never achieved success or notoriety, Peel obviously particularly enjoyed that evening as it is mentioned by Sheila in Margrave of the Marshes.
The Exiles were invited back for a second session after they sent John a copy of their new EP, recorded in July 2003. John played the Exiles tracks 'Fer-de-lance' and 'The Not Gate' from that EP on his show in July 2003, and their second session was broadcast on 26 August 2003.
Festive Fifty Entries
Two sessions, one performed live at Maida Vale 4
- The Not Gate
- Black Mark
- Come Too Without You
- Last Word
- Recorded 17/07/2003. Broadcast 26 August 2003
- I Can't Breathe
- Serotonin Burnout
- How To Lose Friends
Other Shows Played
- 09 July 2003: The Not Gate (Demo EP)
- 30 July 2003: Fer-de-lance (Demo EP)
- 21 August 2003: The Not Gate (Demo EP)
- ↑ Pg 327 (hardback edition).