Rated 5 out of
Fantastic Energetic Performance and a very Recpetive Audience in Brighton, Hope & Ruin
This is the first time I have seen The Ex, live, which considering how long they have been going is a bit embarrassing. From the opening Sounds through to the last dying string and skin vibration I found the music and performance captivating. If you can imagine taking a bit of The Magic Band, Gang of Four, Wire, Faust and throwing that in a mixer and getting The Buzzcocks to perform it then you may start to get an idea of what The Ex sound like at this point in time - June 2018. Across interesting time signatures and time signature that were, in fact, just interesting ways of playing in 4/4, The Ex create a sound that is both reassuring - to know there are still people out there pushing boundaries - and is dark and slightly threatening in a subtle way with a scary barely controlled violence; all channelled to create something purely magnificent. Just a small mention of the Venue, which I thought was great, with a p.a that looks wholly inadequate but actually blows your head off - and sounds awesome when tamed. The sound for this gig was good and I moved it around to hear it different places - I'm not a big fan of stereo mixing but in this case the FOH engineer used it subtly, just to create enough space for a sound that mainly exists in the same sonicsphere. Fantastic, go and see if you get the opportunity.
Date published: 2018-06-20