Since emerging from the wreckage of Amsterdam's first-wave punk scene in the late '70s, The Ex has loudly repudiated the pretensions of rock and pop culture, while carving out a rep as one of the more ingenious groups on the planet. Fiercely independent, the guitar/bass/drums/percussion/vocals quintet has appeared on more than a dozen albums and a dizzying array of hard-to-find singles on tiny Dutch imprints, including its own DIY label. Irrepressible lefty propagandists, the players are renowned for their politics -- especially their alignment with the European squatters movement -- and a willingness to push their vision beyond the usual serrated bar chords. Over time, the group has collaborated with art-punk weirdos Dog Faced Hermans, avant-garde cellist Tom Cora, and the 20-piece Ex Orkestra for a sound that's a rare crossbreed of art, noise,... More >>>