Track Of The Day: Ex-Vöid – ‘Churchyard’

A catchy, jaded slice of garage-pop inspired by an unusual past-time, UK power-pop punks Ex-Vöid have shared their latest single ‘Churchyard’. Taken from their debut album Bigger Than Before, which is set for release on 25th March via Prefect Records/Rough Trade, the track is a buoyant blend of melodic guitars, soft dual vocals and frustrated lyrics.

Formed by ex-Joanna Gruesome vocalists Lan McArdle and Owen Williams, along with Laurie Foster (bass) and Jonny Coddington (drums), Ex-Vöid are inspired by the sounds of The Byrds, Big Star and Teenage Fanclub. Whilst on the surface their music is infectiously upbeat, the band retain a sardonic, strung out wit through their lyrics, with ‘Churchyard’ being a prime example of this blend.

“I wrote ‘Churchyard’ when I was like 24 and living in Brighton,” guitarist Owen Williams explains. “My friend and I were unemployed and we used to spend a lot of time drinking cans of lager and taking legal highs in a pet graveyard. It was boring so at the end we sing ‘I get so bored’ over and over etc.”

This humourous apathy underscores the band’s debut record, Bigger Than Before. The album was recorded in just over an hour in a studio in Hackney, with minimal overdubs and no breaks. Bassist Laurie Foster was reported to have “kept on playing even though his belt came loose and his trousers fell down” – if that’s not incentive to listen, what is?

Listen to ‘Churchyard’ below.

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Kate Crudgington

Track Of The Day: Ex-Vöid – ‘Boyfriend’

A mesh of melodic angst that explicitly champions self autonomy, Ex-Vöid have shared their debut single ‘Boyfriend’. Formed of ex-members of Joanna Gruesome Lan McArdle and Owen Williams, the pair embarked on this new musical venture after a chance meeting at a contemporary dance class.

Alongside Laurie Foster, Kester Davies and Jonny Coddington, McArdle and Williams have managed to quickly organise a three track record under the Ex-Vöid moniker, which they’ve released through Don Giovanni Records both digitally and on cassette.

Listen to ‘Boyfriend’ below.

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Kate Crudgington