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by The Ex

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Andrew Nelson
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Andrew Nelson This album I like because it good
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CX Ex songs are, lyrically and musically, the divine mashing up of a conceptual art piece with a catchy jam. Great lyrics that probe the shaky foundation of our societies. Favorite track: New Blank Document.
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kirk_ludwig From now on in 2018, with Swans, one of the two ooooold noise-rock/post-punk band wich manage to :
- still alive
- keep playing live
- compared to their start, appears to be at least as good on stage NOW
- keep doing what they always did : recording only, yup, is said ONLY great albums. With a career spanning decades, it is utterly amazing, and unique.
AND, as time goes by, the more those facts are impressive and make that band (and Swans) the greatest rock band of history ? Favorite track: Soon All Cities.
M.G. Turnis
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M.G. Turnis Probably one of the best releases of the year by these veteran Dutch punkers. A classic!
Erik Daas
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Erik Daas After Catch My Shoe it seems The Ex is much more able to use their new singer Arnold as guidance to their most melodic album sofar. The drums of Katherine as base with three guitars giving The Ex new energy. The voice of Arnold mixed above the music instead of being an additional instrument. One of their best cd’s. Favorite track: The Sitting Chins.
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Silent Waste 02:36
Piecemeal 06:56
Birth 04:24
Footfall 05:00


THIS DIGITAL ALBUM INCLUDES BONUS ITEM: 36-page booklet in PDF with photos by Andy Moor and lyrics.

Recorded at Electric Monkey Studio, Amsterdam, by Kasper Frenkel. October 16 &17, 2017 • Guitar and baritone overdubs by Andy, recorded at Next To Jaap Studio, Voorhout by Arnold, October 29 • Guitar, percussion and vocal overdubs by Terrie, Arnold and Katherina, recorded at Electric Monkey by Kasper, October 31 • Katherina’s vocals and Arnold’s guitar on Silent Waste, recorded at Arnolds Upstairs, November 28 • Mixed by Arnold & The Ex at Arnolds Upstairs • Mastered by Tammo Kersbergen • Cut by Lex van Coeverden at Dance International • Pressed by Discomat bvba, Herk de Stad, Belgie • Artwork & Lay-out: Emma Fischer • Photos: Andy Moor
Cat no. EX 147D / EX 147LP


released March 22, 2018

Arnold de Boer - Vocals, guitar, claps
Terrie Hessels - Guitar
Katherina Bornefeld - Drums, vocals
Andy Moor - Guitar, baritone guitar


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The Ex Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Ex started playing in 1979. Using guitars, bass, drums and voice as their starting point The Ex have continued to musically explore undiscovered areas right up to the present day: collaborations with jazz musicians and an Iraqi-Kurdish band, Kamagurka, Tom Cora, Sonic Youth, Han Bennink, Jan Mulder, Shellac and Wolter Wierbos. In 2002 The Ex set up a lively musical exchange with Ethiopia. ... more

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