Memphis post-punk outfit Ex-Cult mediate their new breed of hardcore with the manic energy of what I can only imagine an early Dischord show must have felt like. It’s timeless. The band released their latest EP, Cigarette Machine, last week, and today we’re premiering a fan-shot video for the lead track, “Clinical Study.” Ex-Cult’s recordings hone an all-consuming and addictive vivacity that makes you want to see them perform live, so, it’s a pleasure to watch a video of footage shot by Michael Valdes of various recent Ex-Cult shows. The band’s frontman, Chris Shaw, explains how the video came about:
Michael Valdes has followed Ex-Cult on numerous tours, catching shows in Seattle, Miami and everywhere in between. This guy comes and goes like the wind, often disappearing to sleep in his rental car or bus terminal before we can offer him a spot on the floor at where ever we end up crashing. He never mentioned to us that he’d be traveling by bus on our short tour late last year, but there he was on our second stop, camera in hand. These shots mostly take place in Florida, a state we were playing for the first time with native wet-brains The Golden Pelicans. We are thrilled to finally have a music video that captures the intensity of our live shows, even more so to have a friend of the band behind the camera.
Cigarette Machine is out now via Castleface.