Last Exit in New York

Whatever route you take there are signs all around pointing you in the right direction – you just have to take notice. Singer-songwriter Esteban Rivera did. One summer morning in 2013 Rivera trekked from New York to Jersey for a concert celebrating Colombian Independence Day. At the border there was a sign that said he was approaching the last exit in New York. And suddenly it hit him – “I immediately knew that was the name I was looking for,” he explains. The rock band that morphed out of his solo project finally had a moniker, one that would suit the band for years to come. And with their forthcoming EP, Trentmont, Rivera and co. discovered something else: the last exit in New York was actually a highway to something bigger.

A highway to something bigger.

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Bigger meaning the band is on course to establishing a solid reputation in their current home base of Colombia. In 2015 their song “Take Two” hit #1 on the VivaColombiaTop100 charts. They’ve also been invited to perform in London and Madrid – a long way from the Empire State where the band conceptualized a couple years prior.

In the beginning it was just Rivera. He recorded a batch of songs in 2013 dubbed The Bedroom Collection, which was exactly that – a handful of raw tracks captured in his studio apartment. This laid the groundwork for LEINY and helped him assemble a full band. The group began performing around NYC and released their second EP, produced by Al Hemberger (Rihanna, Christina Aguilera), titled Take Two. But when scheduling conflicts got in the way Rivera was forced to embark on a different path.

In 2015 he relocated from New York to Colombia where things immediately took off. There, Last Exit In New York solidified its lineup with guitarist Martin Rodriguez, bassist Luis Montilla and drummer William Ospina – and together they’ve braided their array of influences into their impending new EP Trentmont.

Trentmont combines LEINY’s love for bands like Foo Fighters and The Strokes with catchy indie melodies. It’s hard rock doused in Colombian flair. The first single, “I Can’t Call You Mine,” was produced by Alejandro Lozano – and if it’s an indicator of anything, it’s that Last Exit In New York is cruising on the right interstate.

 

“We’re a band that represents the freedom of doing what you truly want with your life. It’s movement towards the reality you want to live in and not accepting anything less. It is demonstrating to the world that what they want is possible when they take action and inch closer and closer never quitting on themselves.”

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The Bedroom Collection

Jul 2014
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Take Two

Oct 2016
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Trentmont

Debut EP Available 10/14

I Can't Call You Mine

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Listen to Last Exit in New York’s Latest Single “I Can’t Call You Mine”

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