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 latest release, Before You Go, has been featured on Billboard, Ones to Watch, Refinery 29, BlackBook Media, 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, garnering over 45,000,000 Spotify streams throughout. EXES has also been heard streaming in major retailers Starbucks and H&M on their in-store official playlists nationwide. The band has opened for BØRNS in LA at the Bardot and Ella Vos at both her SF and LA tour stops.