VALDOSTA, GA – Film noir pop duo The Ex-Bombers will demonstrate the possibilities of maximum minimalism at the Ashley Street Station at 607 Baytree Rd.. in Athens, Ga. on July 23 in support of their latest vinyl-only LP on Cavetone Records, “Five Star Night.” In sound and aesthetic, the pair from Charleston, Ill. combine femme fatale jazz and the seediest of 60s pop. Each sultry rhythm and narcotic melody are constructed with nothing more than their contrasting female/male vocals, an 8-string octaved bass, and a tom-less drum set. Since 2010, the duo have explored the possibilities of maximum minimalism. They release their unique sonic concoction exclusively on vinyl and promote it through live performances that have a notorious raw and wild cabaret streak to them. Drummer and vocalist Keri Cousins explained this cabaret streak, “We built our live performance to be a totally different experience than the enveloping album. Our performances are interactive and completely immediate like the fictional 50s jazz club setting that's in my head.” Fittingly, critics have dubbed The Ex-Bombers “jazz for dirtbags” and “punk for beatniks.” The band's vinyl-only release represents a radical culmination of some prevailing cultural and economic trends. According to the 2016 RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) music industry shipment and revenue statistics, only digital streaming revenue and vinyl sales increased from 2014-2015. All other forms of music revenue decreased. While many listeners have chosen to go the ephemeral route of streaming, a growing minority are choosing the permanence found only in a record collection. Like all Cavetone Records releases, “Five Star Night” has no digital version and can only be heard on a turntable or in its raw cabaret form on tour. At Ashley Street Station, The Ex-Bombers will be playing selections from their all three of their vinyl releases as well as some live-only surprises. There is no cover charge and music begins at 9 p.m.
What the press are saying about The Ex-Bombers:
The Ex-Bombers have been featured and reviewed in dozens of publications from around the U.S. and beyond. These articles describe the band as having a "sultry pop sound [where] deep, dark bass lines and straightforward, no-nonsense beats under moody vocals come together in a nearly narcotic composition” (Vox Magazine/ Columbia, MO) comparable to “the Velvet Underground or Sonic Youth” (Dayton City Paper).
The duo uses “seedy jazz basslines, noisy punk spirit and winking lyrics” (Shepherd Express/Milwaukee, WI) to create “grooves [that] are unmistakably catchy... sultry and mysterious, like a femme fatale” (Coles County Rocks).
They are a “seedy pair [who can] deliver a scuzzy number” (Punk News/ U.K.) “like something out of a Tarantino flick” (Youngstown Pulse & Sleazegrinder) or “a Bond film” (Quad City Times) whose “very infectious songs” (Grunnen Rocks / Netherlands) create “an intoxicating mix you can dance, nod off, or make out to” (Screen of Distance/ Columbus, OH).
The press has noted the uniqueness of the pair. “The music itself is something that can only be defined as beatnik punk. Its cool grooves and film noir atmosphere compliment the paranoia and jadedness of the lyrics, creating something unique yet familiar” (Eleven Magazine). “It all works, and it doesn't take long to notice that there is something very unique going on here” (Rows of Teeth / Chicago, IL).
The Ex-Bombers bio:
The Ex-Bombers are a femme fatale with a film noir beat who mix sultry rhythms with narcotic melodies. Since 2010, the Charleston, IL duo have made a seedy and avant form of pop fit for scoring spy films and neon nights.
Critics have dubbed their music as “jazz for dirtbags” or “punk for beatniks.” Both descriptors hint at the maximum minimalism found on their two full-length LPs as well as the raw cabaret element they bring to live performances.
Keri Cousins provides the sultry rhythms on a tom-less drumset as Scott Walus plays the narcotic melodies on a weathered Hagstrom 8-string bass (EADG octaves). They combine their distinct voices to weave together dark and catchy songs in the vein of the flippant sounds of early Velvet Underground/Sonic Youth with the style of Soft Cell/Girls Against Boys.
Their discography exists only on vinyl without a digital counterpart. Their 2012 debut LP “The Tightwire” began the story of the subterfuge in the city. In 2013, they released their infamous anti-single “Kissing Hands, Shaking Babies” on seven inch vinyl to much intrigue.
In 2015, they released their second LP, “Five Star Night.” This latest record exemplifies their approach to maximum minimalism through its hi-fi approach to lo-fi situations.
The Ex-Bombers are currently playing dates in support of their vinyl releases. During the daytime, they can be found living the snack life at independent record stores, innovative coffee shops, and any other location that still values human interaction.
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