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BATTALION Thursday, November 1!
By LYCIA SHRUM
The unique sound of Bryan-College
Station band Exist is best described as
music with a message.
Exist members Jesse Thomason (vocals/gui
tar); his wife Ami Thomason (vocals); Crit
Russell (bass); Mark Henderson (auxiliary
hand percussion) and Justin Rusch (drums); see
themselves as artists, who together, create a
From classical and Spanish guitar move
ments gone rock, to incorporating a cell phone
(yes ... a cell phone) into its music. Exist has
enough flavor that the band said can linger with
the listener long after the last song has ended.
The band said its sounds are different
from that people might be used to hearing
in today’s rock music. They describe their
songs as being morphed into a completely
different feel from the beginning of the
song up until the end.
With such influences as Chris Cornell of
Soundgarden, Keith Green, U2, Delirious,
the Police and Bob Marley, and a sound that
is often compared to those of Incubus
(minus the DJ), it is no wonder that Exist is
well on its way to establishing a solid fan
base in College Station.
“This one guy came up to me to tell me he'll
jump in his car just to drive around and listen to
our CD,” Jesse said.
When someone approaches the band like
that, Russell said, “that is when you know
people love us for doing what we love to
do.” Ami said Exist is about speaking to
people. She said their music shows what
has happened in their own lives.
Although Russell, Henderson and Rusch
have been playing together since 1997, Ami
and Jesse are the most recent editions, o
on board in 2000. Playing together in (
Station for the past six months has helpedij
become a tightly knit group.
“Through playing together, I
each learned something from the othem
bers,” Henderson said. “The whole
an evolution of music from then to now
With a self-titled EP already undeij
belt. Exist is still in the process oftq
thi ngs ready before beginning to reccj
first full-length LP. Crit said the band
to make sure it has devoted listenersl
releasing a full-length CD.
“Before we release a CD. we n
make sure we have people to acii
release it to,” Russell said.
Exist members said they are
able to play for a receptive College!
crowd. However, the band also looks fa
to expanding its fan base to towns
Austin, Dallas and Houston. Jesse s
band is in the process of speaking withd
ent people in order to make connedifflj
play at venues in these towns.
Jesse has also started a small record
named Infiltrate Records. While Jessei
founder, he said each band member conit
to the business. With the other memh
dling promotions, merchandise, advei
public relations and other aspects tot
the entire band is busy with the music.
“The band does realize that before t
able to promote other bands, we want to:
centrate on successfully promoting otra
music,” Jesse said.
Those hoping to catch one of Exisfij
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