Ex Everything announce debut record, Slow Change Will Pull Us Apart, out on November 10th via Neurot Recordings
Neurot Recordings are proud to announce the debut record from recent signings and Bay Area post-hardcore quartet, Ex Everything, a group that features current and former members of Kowloon Walled City, Early Graves, Mercy Ties, Blowupnihilist, Less Art and others. Ex Everything have hope for the future. The caveat? “Hope without action is meaningless”. For this band, action comes in the form of creation, and creation comes in the form of frenetic, raw music, full of rage but driving for change in the system and in our lives. Their debut record, Slow Change Will Pull Us Apart, arrives this Fall, and with the announcement, the band shares the opening track, “The Reduction Of Human Life To An Economic Unit”, which you can listen to below this article.
Despite the pedigree of players, Ex-Everything will be the first to admit that this band is very much its own thing. Jon Howell says, “It addresses the part of us that wants to write fast, chaotic, knotty, messy, pissed off music”. The music is a fusion of Dischord-influenced math rock and noisecore, a nuanced rage that refuses to accommodate the passive listener. Jon Howell’s percussive, angular playing is as impressive as it is baffling, with malformed chords and abstract melodies that still burrow effortlessly into your brain. Dan Sneddon’s drumming is a stampede of frenetic time signatures, deceptively understated patterns and anthemic bashing, while Ben Thorne’s bass roils underneath like a ship’s hull scraping the ocean floor. The band’s true skill, though, lies in how their instruments interlock, the structuring of movements that grow songs from rotted dirges to triumphant war cries, rhythmic tension building until a riff explodes it into something unexpected and completely satisfying. Notably, the band welcomes Andre Sanabria to take over vocal duties, “Andre has been a musical force in all his previous bands. His vocal intensity is compelling,” Howell says. Sanabria screams like he’s trying to tear the songs apart, though he manages to find moments of almost zen-like contemplation. It’s a deft and mesmerising performance, aided by his deeply thoughtful lyrics about, as Howell says, the steady dismembering of the things that bind us.
The band comments, “As a band rooted in the Bay Area, we have for years watched friends and family get priced out of apartments and pushed to the periphery. We’ve seen long-standing music venues and cultural centers get flipped or bulldozed, driven by investors and developers who have been sanding down the edges of Bay Area culture and replacing it with bland places built for bland people. The result is our community is spread thin and less connected”. They also add, “Add to that the California fires. Watching things burn year after year takes a toll. You feel helpless in the face of so much devastation and rage at the inadequate response”. Slow Change Will Pull Us Apart is the result of pent up rage and even terror. “Making music is the only thing we know how to do,” states the band. Whilst the record is a depiction of people losing connection with each other, the shows that the band put on see their audiences coming together in catharsis and fighting back against this separation. In this case, hope inspires action – a knock-on effect of community through art. “We want these songs to move people the way they move us,” Howell says. “Because this band is nothing without that.”
Slow Change Will Pull Us Apart will be released on November 10th via Neurot Recordings. Pre-orders are now available here.
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