Ex-Cult – Cigarette Machine

• “Cigarette Machine” set to a picture of the housing EP cover.

8.4 “Fantastic Punk from the USA”

Streamed November 2014, title track on their EP in February 2015.

So, this is how they’re doin’ it in Memphis, Tennessee these days, eh?

This belter was delivered on John Dwyers’ (he of Thee Oh Sees fame) Castle Face Records, first heard by me on Kevin Robinson’s excellent March 2015 show on Dandelion Radio.

Scuzz-o-meter set to the max kids, volume up to 11. Let’s frikkin’ go.

On the tail of their excellent breakout 2nd LP “Midnight Passenger” on Goner Records, we have a brand new batch of bruisers from Ex-Cult, the Memphis-based punk cyclone that no doubt has laid waste to a town near you recently. Chris Shaw lends a sneering, spitting toughness to the proceedings while the band flays riffs in loose, hairy mosh inducing menace behind him, touching on post-punk, psych sprawl, and early 80s hardcore while remaining beholden to none. They have the power to convert even the most jaded and bored concertgoer into a sweaty mess in the pit, I’ve seen it first hand… punks, scene rats, skaters, skinheads, hardcore kids, druggies – so many disparate groups dig this band it’s like an MRR cartoon waiting to happen. This too-short collection of adrenal-enhancers are road warriors already – the title track’s chants of “trou-ble-finds-me” immediately transports me back to their packed and stanky show at The Smell every time I put the record on – the only problem with this sterling batch of sluggers is that it’s over too quick. ~ Castle Face Records

Available at Juno Records.

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