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Song Premiere: "Iron Efficiency" by EXEK

Photo by Pia Hannah
16 August 2019

EXEK – Photo Credit: Pia Hannah

Big Takeover Exclusives is pleased to premiere “Iron Efficiency” by EXEK, a track from the Melbourne, Australia post-punk outfit’s forthcoming third LP Some Beautiful Species Left. Known to subscribe to the Brian Eno philosophy of treating studio resources as additional instrumentation, EXEK’s latest offering perfects their use of multiple edits and overdubs thereby allowing the band more sonic command.

Pertaining to “Iron Efficiency”, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Albert Wolski contributes, “Melodically it occasionally sits somewhere between a horror film score and funk. Particularly the outro. Of course this is all whilst sitting under the umbrella of post punk.”

Elaborating on the track’s intensity he continues, “The outro has synths that build in a semi-tonal progression, a la John Carpenter (American screenwriter, filmmaker, composer). Concurrently there’s also some sensuous guitar; something out of an Isaac Hayes track. An odd pairing but it works, and compliments the lyrics too. As things ain’t always set in their rigid ways.”

The wonderful, robotic chorus, “That I wear an iron cross / That is wear the Nazis lost”, is buoyed by disjointed rhythms and tense dub production. Albert adds, “In regards to the cross lyric, that relates back to skateboarding as it’s the logo for Independent Trucks (Santa Cruz, CA skateboard truck manufacturer). Continuing, “And yet people wearing them are subverting their meaning and that is literally ‘wear’ the Nazi’s lost.”

Some Beautiful Species Left is out September 6th on Digital Regress in the U.S., SDZ in Europe, and Anti Fade in Australia. Release day also sees the band embark on its European tour; dates below:

Sept 06 – Rennes, Fr at Marquis de Sade
Sept 07 – Paris, Fr at Point Ephemere
Sept 09 – Toulouse, Fr at Le Ravelin
Sept 10 – Gigors, Fr at Gigors Electric
Sept 11 – Lyon, Fr at Grrrnd Zero
Sept 12 – Milan, ITL at Macao
Sept 13 – Kreuzlingen, CH at Horst
Sept 14 – Leipzig, DE at TIFF
Sept 15 – Wroclaw, PL at Luksus
Sept 18 – Warsaw, PL at Poglos
Sept 19 – Szczecin, PL at Klub Storrady
Sept 20 – Berlin, DE at Internet Explorer
Sept 21 – Groningen, NL at Vera
Sept 22 – Diest, BE at Jeugdhuis Tijl
Sept 23 – Antwerp, BE at Cabron
Sept 27 – London, UK at Moth Club
Sept 28 – Brighton, UK at Bees Mouth
Sept 29 – Bristol, UK at Gravy train

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