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By Patric Baird

Ever since their formation as a raw, anarcho-punk rock band in 1979, Dutch four-piece The Ex (pictured) quickly moved away from playing DIY gigs in Amsterdam squats and have spent the intervening years developing their own highly-diverse musical style.

This blends smatterings of fractured noise, rock, jazz, improvisation and Ethiopian percussion into a sound which has been described as ‘experimental trance-dance avant, afro-punk improv music'. In their thirty year history The Ex have played well over a thousand live shows all over the world, have released over 20 albums and been involved in many ground-breaking collaborations with the likes of Sonic Youth, Chumbawumba and Chicago post-rockers Tortoise. The Ex's current UK tour touches down at Belfast's Black Box tomorrow night and support acts include Brass Unbound, an ensemble which features four of the world's most powerful horn players, and Bristolian world music purveyors Zun Zun Egui.

patric.baird@ntlworld.com

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