Sounds Of Secret Stages 2018: Ex-Gold

While I may not be there in body, my mind and heart will be away down south in Dixie this weekend. Why, you may ask? Well, it's Secret Stages, y'all! August 3-4 sees this boutique festival take over Birmingham once again, bringing together sounds from all ends of the spectrum. If you're in the vicinity, you should absolutely stop what you're doing and go see some folks do their thing. I've put together a shortlist of some artists I'd make time for if I was at the festival, and I hope you'll check them out regardless of whether you're in Alabama this weekend or not.

What Ex-Gold's songs lack in length they more than make up for in straight up badassery. This Knoxville collective makes wiry, impudent jangle, calling to mind the unbridled, unapologetic aggressive energy of late 70s/early 80s Brit punks with their relentless full frontal onslaught. Brash and wickedly wonderful, Ex-Gold is a band you want to get your ears acquainted with sooner rather than later.

[posted 8.3.18]


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