Another Dark Age
EXEK - Biased Advice LP
Exek's debut LP Biased Advice follows one self-titled cassette EP (2014), a split 7" with Austin, TX's SPRAY PAINT (Homeless, 2015) and a single contribution to a split cassette (2015). The album collects rerecorded and past material (excluding "The Theme From Judge Judy" from the split 7"), which together stands as the fullest realisation of an Exek identity, honed during two years of haunting Melbourne’s live gig circuit.
"Like 39 Clocks if joined by Keith Levene?"
Before forming as a four-piece band in 2014, Exek remained an abstract concept in the mind of front man-to-be, Albert Wolski. With songs written but no musicians to perform them he enlisted Andrew Brocchi (synthesiser), Henry Wilson (bass) and Sam Dixon (drums) and together they began recording material according to Wolski 's vision.
The addition of Nell Grant on saxophone made previously murky reference points plainly obvious: Exek are the progeny of a Melbourne scene that established itself around Dave Chesworth and Philip Brophy’s Innocent record label of the 1980s and its greatest offering, Essendon Airport’s Palimpsest LP (1981). But Exek dared to abandon the pop and funk tropes of the early Australian new wave scene reaching out to German post-punk of the same era. Wolski’s songwriting is akin to that of the records put out by Hannover’s No Fun Records and Hamburg’s Zickzack, channeling the droll lyricism of The 39 Clocks and saturated with self-deprecating Attitude.