Memphis' Ex-Cult specializes in fuzzed-out, punk-indebted explosions of rock & roll, as high-energy as they are instantaneously catchy. It makes sense, then, that the group has found a home with In the Red Records for its latest release, September's Negative Growth LP. The LA-based label has also released the work of garage-rock luminaries including Jay Reatard, the King Khan & BBQ Show and Ty Segall — the latter even handled recording duties for Negative Growth, and performs in a group with Ex-Cult frontman Chris Show called GØGGS. If you are familiar with even one of those groups you have a rough idea of what to expect from Ex-Cult: hard-charging punk rock intensity, psych-rock weirdness and precious little pretension.
Standing Room Only: The Sinkhole is one of St. Louis' smaller venues in town, making a relatively small audience of people feel like a tightly packed crowd. The flip side of that, though, is that when a band capable of drawing a larger crowd performs — like, say, Ex-Cult for example — the room fills up considerably. Be prepared to sweat all over the person standing next to you.
Watch Ex-Cult's video for "Clinical Study" below:
9 p.m. Thursday, July 27. The Sinkhole, 7423 South Broadway. $10. No phone.