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Kylesa Band

KYLESA are about to deliver their seventh album, ‘Exhausting Fire’. In its current incarnation the band from Savannah, Georgia in the United States is made up of Phillip Cope, Laura Pleasants, and Carl McGinley. Their live show will still see the Americans as a five piece including a second drummer.

‘Exhausting Fire’ provides a crowning example of the positive output that comes at the hands of their incendiary and powerful, yet nuanced and colourful framework. Following on the heels of the challenging ‘Ultraviolet’ (2013) and keeping this band’s tradition of artistic broad jumps that they have exhibited since forming in 2001, ‘Exhausting Fire’ hurls even more rulebook pages out the tour van window. KYLESA further explore and incorporate psychedelic rock, new wave, space-age twangy Americana, 80s goth and death rock into their pitch-thick DIY punk/metal roots. ‘Exhausting Fire’ easily representing the most diverse, dynamic and fully-realized work of their discography.

In writing ‘Exhausting Fire’, KYLESA found themselves culling inspirations before getting together in various permutations at various times to wade through the amassed collections of riffs and ideas stockpiled before, during and after the punishing ‘Ultraviolet’ tour schedule. ‘Exhausting Fire’ strikes the listener with the infinitely comfortable and confident sounding manner by which the co-vocalists emerge working as more integrative unit.

Captured at the familiar confines of the Jam Room in Columbia, South Carolina, ‘Exhausting Fire’ witnesses the trio immersing themselves deeper into themselves and their own process by refusing to hire an outside producer to assume Cope’s position. In fact, he reports having additional engineering duties dropped into his production seat, and spending more hours than ever working behind the board. In that sense, it is not difficult to take KYLESA at their word when Philip describes Exhausting Fire as “an album we really put our hearts on our sleeves for. We’ve always done that, but emotionally, it’s probably the most honest and raw album we’ve ever done.”

“No band sounds like us and we don’t sound like any other band”, concludes Laura. “After all these years of experimenting with different styles and sounds, we’ve really developed our own thing and I can faithfully say that we sound like us. With this album, we’ve successfully made a record that incorporates all the elements we’ve always played with into a record that works on its own.”


  • Phillip Cope : guitar, vocals
  • Laura Pleasants : guitar, vocals
  • Carl McGinley : drums

This band is no longer active on Season of Mist.

Posted on September 30, 2015

KYLESA are streaming their forthcoming album in full. ‘Exhausting Fire’ has been scheduled for worldwide release this Friday, October 2nd. The eclectic and unique Savannah rockers are premiering their highly anticipated full-length exclusively via the official media partners below:

Posted on September 17, 2015

KYLESA have unveiled two new tracks from their forthcoming album ‘Exhausting Fire’. “Night Drive” was exclusively premiered in the US by SPIN and “Moving Day” through the official premiere partners below.

Posted on September 8, 2015

KYLESA have unveiled a second new track titled “Shaping the Southern Sky” exclusively via Noisey. The song was taken from their forthcoming album ‘Exhausting Fire’, which can be pre-ordered here and has been scheduled for worldwide release on the 2nd of October.

Posted on June 18, 2014

KYLESA just kicked off their massive European tour in support of last year’s album ‘Ultraviolet’. The genre-defying Savannah quintet will rock on through many European countries, including shows at prestigious festivals such as France’s Hellfest, Graspop in Belgium and the Swiss Edition of the Inferno Festival.

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