Ex-Vöid is the new project from singer Alanna McArdle and guitarist Owen Williams, both former members of the Welsh noise-pop band Joanna Gruesome. Named after Black Sabbath’s “Into The Void,” DC hardcore legends Void, and the Raincoats’ “The Void” and rounded out by bassist Laurie Foster, drummer Kester Davies, and second lead guitarist Jonny Coddington, the band is releasing its three-track self-titled debut single next week. Today, they’re introducing themselves by way of a new song called “Boyfriend.” Retaining Joanna Gruesome’s sharply melodic pop sensibility but going a little easier on the nitro-fueled aggression, “Boyfriend” is an appealing little garage-pop nugget about a failing relationship. Says Williams to The Fader, where the song premiered:
This was a song I wrote about the psychic pain of rejection within a relationship, slowly learning that someone finds you deeply intolerable and lapsing into self denial, claiming you “don’t even want a boyfriend anyway.” Of course this isn’t about me! I’m simply imagining what being rejected might feel like. It’s kind of a companion song to one I wrote called “My Baby Is A Communist,” which has been vetoed from release by the group.
Imagine what “My Baby Is A Communist” sounds like and listen to “Boyfriend” below.
05/12 London, UK @ The Lexington #
05/13 Brighton, UK @ The Hope & Ruin #
06/11 London, UK @ Oval Space %
06/12 Leeds, UK @ The Brudenell Social Club %
06/13 Manchester, UK @ Band on the Wall %
06/14 Bristol, UK @ The Fleece %
06/15 Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds %
06/16 Brighton, UK @ The Haunt %
06/27-29 – Derbyshier, UK @ Indietracks Festival
# w/ Radiator Hospital
% w/ Waxahatchee
Ex-Vöid’s self-titled debut single is out 5/11 on Don Giovanni.