Greg Fox smashes (albeit tastefully) in this live drum playthrough for Ex Eye’s “Opposition/Perihelion; The Coil” from their self-titled debut on Relapse from earlier this year. They’re for sure the heaviest band I’ve ever heard with a saxophone, and they’ve got a sound I can only describe as blackened shoegaze prog, because I’m a music journalist and that’s what’s expected of me.
About their debut:
Debut album from EX EYE, the instrumental, post-everything quartet led by renowned saxophonist Colin Stetson and featuring the otherworldly drumming of Greg Fox. EX EYE seamlessly weave between precise, clockwork intricacy and aggressive, ecstatic abandon while taking the listener on a cathartic, thrilling journey to total transcendence. Recorded live at EX EYE member Shahzad Ismaily’s Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn, NY (Blonde Redhead, Damien Rice, Okkervil River, Son Lux, Pussy Riot), the self-titled debut showcases a band that is without question the sum of its parts, as each player contributes not only their own particular technical prowess and expertise but also their signature compositional character. EX EYE make incredibly complex yet beautifully dramatic and emotive music which eclipses usual expectation of style or genre and is sure to be talked about for many years to come.
If you want to see this madness unfold before you in real life, you can see them on a short upcoming tour at the following:
Aug 17 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
Aug 18 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
Aug 20 Portland, ME Space