After 30 years and 123 releases, Dutch art punks the Ex parted ways with singer G.W. Sok and replaced him with Arnold de Boer. While it's rarely a good idea for a band to continue after the departure of such an important member, the change has not proved detrimental.
Continually developing and evolving, the Ex sound as vibrant as ever, and Catch My Shoe has an enviably timeless feel. Lyrically, they continue to explore themes of anti-capitalism and the need to shake off apathy if anything's going to change in the world.
It's impossible to not be struck by Katherina Bornefeld's drumming. Perhaps more than any other element, her incorporation of rhythm into the songs' very fabric is key to the Ex's sound.
Top track: Maybe I Was The Pilot