August 8, 2010 - A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY
The existence of Exit 451 has come about through some long-term musical relationships, much hard work and an in-depth knowledge of the music industry.
Exit 451 is the brainchild of three founding members: Alain Avon (guitar, piano, arrangements), Martin Avon (bass, arrangements), Jean-Philippe Alepins (vocals, lyrics, piano) and additional musicians to complete the group (drums, additional guitars, etc.)
In 1990, brothers Alain and Martin Avon founded what was to become one of Montreal's most popular underground bands: Imaginary Steps. In 1991, they released a successful pop-rock album entitled Maybe Tomorrow (featuring the single The More I Learn). The success of this recording led them to play in New York, and made the charts around the world; it also gave them the opportunity to support major bands in many venues. Then, in 1993, they released the critically acclaimed alternative rock album What Good Will it Do, and played more shows than ever before.
In the following years, despite losing their lead singer, the brothers continued to write original music, worked in many professional recording studios until 1999 when JP Alepins (singer/songwriter) joined the band. The next years were critical for the three musicians. In 2001, management difficulties became quite the issue and the band's unity was put to the test. Despite everything though, they still believed they had something to say as a musical trio. The problem was getting the proper support to go on and release the music they were recording.
The year 2004 was a turning point in the trio's career. Along with a new partner, they re-opened a famous recording studio in Montreal under a new name: The Bank Studio 451 (www.studio451.ca), today one of the best recording facilities in America. It took years of hard work to bring the studio back to its glory.
In 2008, the trio decided it was time to go back to writing music and they started to work on the album of their dreams. In 2009 they became Exit 451 and hired producer Mark Howard of Daniel Lanois' crew to record a very original and hypnotic pop-rock album, The Sea Above the Sky. This album was made possible thanks to the implication of The 451 Recording House label in the project. With its catchy melodies, thoughtful poetry and inspired arrangements, this album is the one Exit 451 band members were dreaming of making.