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When: Thu., May 29, 8:30 p.m. 2014

My favorite thing about Ex-Cult has always been their role as the black sheep of Goner Records. Best known for ushering in the 90s garage revival, the label’s got a roster filled to the brim with fun-time rock ’n’ roll from the likes of the Oblivians, the Reigning Sound, King Khan, and Ty Segall—so the nihilistic bleakness of Ex-Cult’s latest LP, last month’s Midnight Passenger, almost comes as a shock. Ex-Cult are straight-up old-school punks, playing dark, creepy proto-hardcore that’s sort of an eerie take on TSOL and Black Flag—they established this sound on their 2012 self-titled debut, and on Midnight Passenger it’s mutated into a bigger, meaner beast. At its root it’s still simple, heavy punk, but the guitars are looser and noisier, the song structures heave and swell, and singer Chris Shaw sounds more frustrated and disillusioned than ever before. Midnight Passenger is basically the opposite of a feel-good record, but it’s executed so flawlessly that you might get a kick out of it anyway. —Luca Cimarusti

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