Negative Growth (produced by Ty Segall), evoke the cramped, claustrophobic assault of the distorted guitars and Chris Shaw’s nonstop snarling vocals. You can hear hints of early Middle Class in squalid broadsides such as “Attention Ritual (No One Sees),” a bracing kind of post-punk that eschews melody in favor of sludgy, doom-laden riffs crowned with Shaw’s dour proclamations. Ex-Cult’s new single on German label Red Lounge Records, “Blurry,” is an aptly titled crush of smeary guitars and insolent howling that clocks in at less than two minutes. Atwater punks Enemy’s songs are even shorter and just as noisily fast.
Ex-Cult crank up a hard-punk sound that’s inescapably seedy and raw. Even the song titles — “Government Birdcage,” “Panic in Pig Park,” “Nightmare Zone” — from the Memphis band’s 2016 album,