Ex-Cult, Violent Change, Modern Dance at The Make-Out Room, SF. 9pm, $10. Adv. tix now on sale via Brown Paper Tickets.
The Memphis punk powerhouse known as EX-CULT started six years ago in Memphis, Tennessee. Founders Chris Shaw and MIchael Peery conceived the idea at the legendary Memphis dive the Lamplighter, a 37 person capacity venue where the band would later play its second show. Fast forward to 2018 and the band has toured the continental USA countless times, doing tours with the likes of Ty Segall, OBN IIIs, and Power, in addition to a five week tour of Europe in 2016. Ex-Cults recorded resume reads like a who’s who of underground labels, including Goner Records, Castle Face, Famous Class, and most recently, Los Angeles label In The Red Recordings. The band’s pummeling third full length, Negative Growth, is available through now through In The Red.
Hazy pop channeled through submarine-fidelity noise. If you were among the fans of their previous records, this remains heavily disassociative music; if it helps to paint the picture, the live band now includes members of Bay Area favorites Rays and Life Stinks, though these recordings here are a whole different grade of barbiturate. Still, take note: from the opening notes of the second track, Unit A, its immediately apparent that bandleader Gladys Bleyle has learned to let his melodic brilliance shine. This is Violent Change's real pop moment, an album of lonesome romanticism on par with Shoes 'One In Versailles' and Chris Bells 'I Am The Cosmos.' I kid you not, this record is that good
New stupor group featuring members of Life Stinks and Rays!