Ex People are Laura Kirsop on vocals, Calum Gunn on guitar, Vicki Dawson on drums and Ed White on bass. Laura, Calum, Vicki and Ed have been honing their chops in various bands and immersing themselves in the London DIY scene for a few years, before succumbing to the lure of the mighty riff. Now reborn as Ex People and attracted to all things dark and doom-laden, they’ve forged a sound that both pummels and pulls you in. So what of that sound? Well if you want the simple description, then it’s fuzzed up, fucked up stoner rock, with grinding riffs, mean bottom end, and added punk attitude.
The band describe themselves thus… “Our music is a slippery concoction of anguish and catharsis — or, in other words, low-slung hulking riffs, lurching drums and soaring vocals.” And who are we to argue? One listen to the two tracks that make up their new single, ‘Without’ and ‘Surekill’, nails that without question.
But we would go further. The fizzing, fuzzy guitar, low end bass growl and thumping wallop will hook the stoners for sure. However, added to that is a cornucopia of other influences that set Ex People apart from the legion of fuzz zombies. There’s a healthy dose of grunge, a slab of sludge and doom. Squalling noise rock. A bit of kraut. The drums swing, Jaki Liebzeit (of Can) fashion and Laura’s pissed off banshee vocals will both scare you, and hook you in. Taking their cue from bands like Windhand, Melvins, Electric Wizard and Kylesa, and mashing it with their own existential vibe, these songs will burrow their way into your brain, by way of carefully and fiendishly constructed hooks.
‘Without’ and ‘Surekill’ will be available on Bandcamp on November 18th. You can listen to ‘Without’ exclusively here: