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A Double Dose of Garage Punk Tonight at Mercury Lounge

July 24th, 2013

More than four years ago, vocalist Orville Bateman Neeley III, guitarist Andrew Cashen, drummer Matt Hammer, bassist Graham Low and guitarist Jason Smith teamed up in Austin, Texas, to form the garage-punk outfit OBN IIIs. They immediately began winning over concertgoers with their high-energy live shows and have since released a pair of well-received albums, The One and Only in 2011, and an eponymous follow-up (stream it below) a year later. But, of course, the best way to experience OBN IIIs is in person.

Led by founding members vocalist Chris Shaw and drummer Michael Peery, Ex-Cult combine ’60s noise rock, ’70s post-punk and ’80s hardcore into their own updated garage-punk sound. The Memphis five-piece released their Ty Segall–produced debut self-titled album (stream it below) last year. According to Allmusic, it sounds “tough, nasty and reckless, just like a good punk band should, but an unholy variety of sounds bubbles beneath the surface of the 12 tunes.” See for yourself when, along with OBN IIIs, they play the late show tonight at Mercury Lounge.