The Doghouse & Crow Versus Crow are proud to join together to bring one of the most unique bands of the past 30 years.
The EX - That Fucking Tank - Nose
£8 adv from www.doghouseuk.com and Jumbo Leeds.
£10 on the night/£8 concessions
“Once seen, a live performance by ... The Ex is never forgotten. Imagine two men in short pants and army boots, guitars slung impossibly low, careering round the stage like demented dodgem cars, backed by a veritable arsenal of precision-honed polyrhythms” - The Wire
The adventurous and inspiring Dutch punk/noise/jazz/whatever quartet have defied categorization ever since they started playing in 1979. Born out of the punk explosion, when anything and everything was possible, the band have still managed to retain both curiosity and passion for their music. Using guitars, bass, drums and voice as their starting point they have continued to musically explore undiscovered areas right up to the present day: the early 1980s saw collaborations with jazz musicians and an Iraqi-Kurdish band. In the 90s the group found a myriad of partners from varied musical and non-musical backgrounds including 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, which eventually led to two CD recordings and hundreds of concerts with the legendary saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria. More recently their 2011 tour with the specially assembled Brass Unbound bigband (featuring Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafasen among other players) was a joyous 10 city blowout that brought their music to a whole new generation of UK fans.
After 33 years, more than 25 albums and around 1800 performances, the band continues to work as they did in when they began, completely independent of record companies, managers or roadies. Because of this ‘do it yourself’ work ethic The Ex is still a great example for other forward-thinking bands and musicians.
The Ex are Terrie Hessels (guitar/baritone guitar), Andy Moor (guitar/baritone guitar), Katherina Bornefeld (drums/vocals) and Arnold de Boer (guitar/voice/sampler)
"An Ex show is a shared experience, they take the audience on a musical adventure to places no one has been before. They are the most interesting musical unit in the world today...Go and see the Ex and you will hear rhythms you have never heard before...a sweaty seething party, an uplifting, joyful celebration. They have brilliantly proved that playing music with this sense of wild-eyed fun and radical political edge and this adherence to all that was good and great about the positive politic of the punk and post punk period can actually fucking work" – The Quietus
'That Fucking Tank are an instrumental noise-rock duo consisting of Andy Abbott (baritone guitar) and James Islip (drums). They formed in Leeds in 2003 and have become a staple of the UK's underground music scene, performing alongside acts including The Fall, Hella, Lightning Bolt, Melt Banana, Foals, Hoover, Q and Not U, Oxes, and Whitehouse. TFT perform regularly across the UK and Europe in a variety of spaces ranging from house gigs, squats, social centres and galleries to major festivals and arena venues. That Fucking Tank put into practice the Do-It-Yourself ethos, taking care of as much of their own affairs as possible and actively supporting and contributing to alternatives to the profit-driven music industry. They have released three full-length albums with a tenth anniversary retrospective 'live' album 'A Document of The Last Set' on Gringo records in 2013.'
Big ol' riffs, songs about death and borderline sociopathy. Straddling Scarborough and Leeds as if the towns were two giant, nightmarish roller skates, NOSE have been upstaging the likes of Bleeding Knees Club, Wot Gorilla? and Post War Glamour Girls since early 2012.
"Pretty bloody noisy." - Sonic Masala
“Loud as fuck, snarly and somewhat bratty.” - Fuzzy Logic