Amsterdam post-punk legends The Ex come to Kreuzberg this month. The band who have recorded with D/B favourites Tortoise can still put on a rawkus show over 30 years after their initial formation.
Local support comes in the form of some familiar faces including Tony Buck, Steve Heather and Brendan Dougherty all of which makes for a splendid evenings entertainment.
The Ex is an underground band from the Netherlands. They formed in 1979 at the height of the original punk explosion and have released more than twenty full length albums since. Known as an anarcho-punk band in their first years, in later years they also became known for their musical experiments and numerous collaborations.
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Breaking from the relatively narrow confines of punk rock, The Ex have incorporated a wide array of influences, often from non-Western and non-rock sources. Some include Hungarian and Turkish folk songs, and more recently music from Ethiopia, Congo andEritrea (the independence song of Eritrea is covered by The Ex to kick off their 2004 album Turn). Other examples of branching out stylistically include the Ex Orkest project, a 20 piece big band.
The band has collaborated with many disparate artists, including UK anarchist band Chumbawamba , the Dog Faced Hermans (one former member, Andy Moor, has played guitar in The Ex since 1990), and with the lateavant-garde cellist Tom Cora in the early 1990s. The album In the Fishtank 5 (1999) was made with Chicago’s Tortoise, and onIn the Fishtank 9 (2001) they collaborated with members of Sonic Youth and the Dutch.
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