The Ex - Blueprints For A Blackout 2xLP


Emerging out of Amsterdam's vibrant squat scene in 1979, The Ex – a name chosen for the ease and speed with which it could be spray-painted onto a wall – have for four decades been an entirely self-sustaining musical entity, charting a course through the global underground with a spirit of freedom and radical exploration.

Blueprints For A Blackout, The Ex's fifth album and first double LP, combines caustic studio experimentations and loose songs from their gripping live-set at the time. The band consisted of singer G.W. Sok, guitarist Terrie Ex, two new recruits on bass, Luc and Yoke, and drummer Sabien Witteman, along with a plethora of guests including Mekons' Jon Langford and long-serving sound engineer Dolf Planteijdt, among others.

Originally released in 1984 on the band's own Pig Brother Productions, Blueprints veers from jagged punk explosions to sharply focused improvisations featuring field recordings that would become a hallmark of their subsequent forays into free jazz and experimental music. The overall effect is not unlike the menace of a slowly building winter storm.

Tracks like "Rabble With A Cause," "U.S. Hole" and "Scrub That Scum" stand out as exemplars of this phase of The Ex. Comparisons can be made to contemporaries Einstürzende Neubauten, NoMeansNo and Svätsox as well as later Crass label bands.

This first-time vinyl reissue comes with 24-page booklet.

Track Listing:

  1. Streetcars Named Desire / Animal Harm (Medley)
  2. Blueprints For A Blackout
  3. Rabble With A Cause
  4. Requiem For A Rip-Off
  5. Pleased To Meat You
  6. A Goodbuy To You
  7. The Swim
  8. Boohoo
  9. U.S. Hole
  10. (Not) 2B Continued
  11. Grimm Stories
  12. A Plague To Survive
  13. The Rise Of The Dutch Republic
  14. Kidnap Connection
  15. Fire And Ice
  16. Jack Frost Is Innocent
  17. Love You Till Eh
  18. Food On 45
  19. Scrub That Scum