Formed in 1979, The Ex has developed over the years into a melting-pot of diverse musical styles: noise, rock, jazz, improvisation, and ethnic musics have been interweaved under one unique umbrella: “Ex-music”. Discordant, highly rhythmic guitars, the rolling, almost African drumming style, and the intense delivery of the often ironic lyrics give the music of The Ex its special character.
So far, in almost 30 years, The Ex has played 1371 concerts all over Europe, North America and Africa, and released over 20 albums. Never pigeon-holed into one of pop music’s corny corners, The Ex is continuously in development, and always open for new ideas and collaborations with people of all kinds, people whose spirit inspires and appeals to the group. The main principle remains; to make music with heart and soul, out of reach of commercial trends or expectations. The consequent independent approach of the group and the manner in which they organize their concerts and release and distribute their records themselves, has set a significant example for the alternative music circuit.
And, more importantly, here’s how they sound.
The first video shows the group on stage at the Yared Music School with Mats Gustafsson & Paal Nilssen-Love. The second is of the band at the Kokobe Tsiba School with Getatchew Mekuria.
I have no idea what their other stuff is like, but I thought that was pretty fucking cool. [Sure, they’re no Refuse Stealing Kukana Kuba Band, but they’re pretty damned good.]
It’s occasionally good to be reminded of just how insanely good music can be, once all the bullshit, posturing and money is stripped away.