Brooklyn, New York’s Exnations are the latest indie-pop band to set out to make their unique mark on the music scene. Comprised of Sal Mastrocola, Taylor Hughes, and John O’Neill, Exnations mesh together all of their influences, including two opposing emotions, and turning out a relatable, energetic sound.

Exnations defines themselves as a “sad band,” although they are much more than that. They have dance-y vibes to their music that add lightness to their band, which can all be found on their EP, Pink Haze, which is out now and can be purchased here.

Substream is excited to team up with Exnations to bring another layer to their ever-expanding and impressive journey. Today we are exclusively premiering the music video for their song, “John Hughes Movie Soundtrack.”

“Our sonic palette draws pretty heavily from 80’s pop and new wave music. There’s nothing more fitting to compliment the driving grooves and 80s-inspired rhythms that this song is built on than a dance-heavy music video. Problem is, none of us can really dance all that well. So we enlisted the help of the talented Zoe Allocco to be our lead dancer and compose the movements for this video. All that was left for the band to do was stay generally in rhythm and play the occasional air guitar solo. We also included a few not-so-subtle homages to classic dance scenes from John Hughes movies – so be on the lookout for those,” Exnations explains to Substream.

“Shot on a rainy night in Brooklyn, we romped around the wet streets – jumping over giant puddles, scattering from cars, and generally having the time of our lives. We shot the whole thing in a single night, thanks to the dedication, hard work, and vision of our amazing crew –  Director Erin Bagwell, DP Max Nepstad, Camera Op Luis Trujillo, and Photographer Jenna Passmore. We hope you love this one as much as we do. John Hughes forever.”

Pink Haze artwork:

Exnations Pink Haze

Pink Haze Track-listing:

  1. Tether
  2. Floating on a Pink Haze
  3. John Hughes Movie Soundtrackl
  4. Slow Erosion
  5. Modern Kids

If you like what you hear, you can keep up with Exnations on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.