Our verdict: This is a rock band! Formed from the ashes of Tropics – a band we were quite partial to – they have become slightly odder in their melodies and there seem to be more melodies on what evidence we’ve heard so far, which we are very much down with. The great news is that there’s still a lot of rocking to be done by Exes and so they’ve let us put their new song, ‘Reptilian’ up on this site. That’s bloody good. Here’s a wee interview with Jodie Cox too. Read, listen, enjoy.
Describe your sound in three words
Ummm… mercurial rock action…?
Why the name change from Tropics?
As the line up changed, so did the sound. It felt like something new and that we had left behind what Tropics originally was. It made sense to find a new moniker and Exes seemed fitting.
What has inspired you to make this music?
Probably a mix of our collective musical histories as well as wanting to try some new things that we’ve not had the chance to in previous bands. Our tastes for all things creative can vary wildly but we keep an open mind and try all ideas, even if we’re not sure about them at first. Some don’t make the cut but it’s exciting for us when they click into place. No matter how obvious or subtle they can be.
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
There are so many interesting and talented bands around at the moment. I think that any band’s output is open to interpretation for anyone who hears it.
Who do you consider to be your peers?
Anyone who shares our passion for loud riffs, sultry groove and weird melody. Lets hang out.
Exes release their album, Phantasmaboring, on 28 July 2014. You can pre-order the 12″ vinyl via their Bandcamp. If you’re a Londoner, you can also go and watch Exes perform LIVE in concert on 23 July at the Black Heart, Camden. It’s worth it.