MEMPHIS PUNK LIVES

Photo by Julia Bee

We’ve been anxiously awaiting the debut full length offering from Ex-Cult ever since we first caught them at The Springwater with Cola Freaks, Useless Eaters, and Feral Beat back in May of 2011. And now with it available through iTunes and on CD and streaming in-full on SPIN [and available on vinyl next week] we’ve finally got what we’ve been waiting for. The new self-titled album finds Ex-Cult pushing the limitations they’d reached on earlier singles and expanding it even farther. Easily drawing comparisons to the likes of Wire, Magazine, early Warsaw, and The Chosen Few [who they covered on the B-side of their M.P.D. single] Ex-Cult seem to be reviving the idea of “Memphis punk” and adding a significant bit of weirdness to it. Which most people could use a dose of. The new record is the first wider-released album we’ve heard in a while that reaches points of uncertainty and intimidation and can be a little unnerving – but that’s what punk should be like. And with one of the more vicious and raw live shows that we’ve seen in a few years, it’s easy to tell that Ex-Cult are for real.

The 2012 year has witnessed some pretty exceptional hardcore and punk releases – looking at bands like Hank Wood, Crazy Spirit, Dawn of Humans, School Jerks, and Cy Barkley – and this debut effort from Ex-Cult is just as brutal and pummeling. We’ve been saying for a while that the new record would probably exceed our expectations and find itself in the “Best of 2012″ category – and we’re gonna stand by that claim. We highly encourage you to go out and grab the new LP at your local shop or order it here. Ex-Cult are touring later this Winter with Ty Segall – stopping in Nashville on January 28th. You can see all the current dates below along with album artwork and tracklisting…

EX-CULT – EX-CULT 
[GONER RECORDS] 

1. Knives On Both Sides
2. Don’t Feel Anything
3. M.P.D.
4. Day to Day
5. Shade of Red
6. On Film
7. Young Trash
8. Shot the Beehive
9. Post Graduate
10. Better Life Through Chemistry
11. Cemetery Secretary
12. Future Victims 

EX-CULT
2013 WINTER TOUR DATES

01.23 Tucson, AZ: Club Congress *
01.24 Marfa, TX: Padre’s *
01.25 Austin, TX: Mohawk *
01.26 Dallas, TX: Sons of Hermann Hall *
01.27 Memphis, TN: Hi Tone *
01.28 Nashville, TN: The End *
01.29 Atlanta, GA: Terminal West *
01.30 Raleigh, NC: Kings Barcade *
01.31 Washington, DC: Black Cat *
02.01 New York, NY: Webster Hall *
02.05 Montreal, QC: Cabaret Du Mile End *
02.06 Toronto, ON: Phoenix Club *
02.09 Chicago, IL: Empty Bottle *
02.10 Omaha, NE: Sokol Underground *
02.11 Denver, CO: Hi Dive *
02.12 Kansas City, MO- The Record Bar
02.13 Saint Louis, MO -Blank Space

* w/ Ty Segall

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