8/10 Brian Staff review, 23 September 2010
My old comment about The Ex not being as good as their deceased compadres Dog Faced Hermans left our Brett a bit perturbed. Of course I realise they're absolutely as good, and most definitely more globally renowned - I just prefer the demented Scots trumpet led agit-punk more cos i'm a right old anarcho'd-up idiot! The EX have a newish singer/guitarist (these autonomy loving legends probably don't "do" frontmen/women) called Arnold who is also in the damn fine Dutch electro/indie pop duo Zea. He slots into the band with total ease. I like his vocal stylings, he has a cool voice & his pace is well measured. The band still peddle their distinctively brooding & spiky post punk but like all the greatest "cult" bands from that era, they've subtly moved with the times. Bits of this new album reminds me slightly of old NY legends The Lapse. But mostly they sound like nothing as much as themselves! It's a very percussive, jerky listen; quite tribal & hypnotic - typical of the various African influences they've woven into the ongoing tapestry & satisfyingly off-kilter (yet staunchly rhythmical). I love the atmosphere, the loose improvisational essence. There's plenty in here for old Krautrock heads & fans of The Fall & Nightingales. Just honest, powerful music from some really tight old authority baiters.
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