Ex People: “because sludge metal”

We asked Ex People to tell us more about themselves ahead of their gig at The Facemelter tonight, as we still know relatively little since we recently discovered them, and they sent us some ridiculous answers.

So you might as well read them.

“We’ve all been in bands before, but none really scratched the depressing-riff itch, so we slowly but surely got our heads together and wrote some tunes. We spent a while finding our feet and forging the kinda sound that suited us. There’s still some dissent in the band regarding whether or not a chorus pedal is suitable for bass (spoiler alert: it definitely is).”

Ed added:
“I don’t know where the name Ex People came from, it maybe had some connection to the X-Files, which was an early thematic inspiration, but the reboot was so awful, it made us all incredibly sad, so we might have ditched that now.

We started off wanting to do a drone-y doom/noise thing, but we realised after a while that that is a) sort of easy, b) sort of boring, so we thought it was better idea to write some actual riffs and deliver the sludge in tasty, digestible chunks a la the Melvins/Torche/Kylesa with the occasional stoner fuzz wigout rather than just going on and on. We all pull it in slightly different directions though and hopefully the end result offers something at least a little novel.

Regarding our sound set up and pedals, we just plug our stuff into whatever is available honestly, although I’d personally love to have the space and disposable income to have a ton of amps in the flat. Laura’s vocals go through cheap delay and distortion pedals. Her lyrics are scary. My bass goes through a big muff at all times because sludge metal. Calum puts his guitar through all sorts of stuff, but I don’t know exactly what because it would ruin my sense of wonder. I am also not an expert on drums either, but Vicki really is awesome at hitting them, which is handy. On some of our recordings, we also use a weird little drone synth for extra noise, but we’ve stopped using it live for the moment because it is boring having the singer hunched over a little box. Sometimes Calum and I threaten to get 7-string guitars/5-string basses, normally after listening to Meshuggah, but it quickly passes.”


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