Ex-Vöid are a “Power Pop” group who make music so jangly, so melodic, that it could be considered nationally threatening and potentially illegal under current U.K legislation. Critics have compared them to Teenage Fanclub, The Lemonheads & Lucinda Williams , but they claim to exclusively take influence from Black Sabbath’s “Into the Void”, The Raincoat’s “The Void” and the Washington DC hardcore punk group VOID.
Ex-Vöid was formed in 2018 by Alanna McArdle and Owen “O” Williams from the punk group Joanna Gruesome. During McArdle’s time in Joanna Gruesome, the band toured internationally, received acclaim from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The New York Times and The Observer, were playlisted on BBC 6 Music and won the 2014 Welsh Music Prize. Ex-Vöid was formed after the pair reunited, having unexpectedly attended the same contemporary dance class. Since forming, Ex-Vöid have been creating similar waves, touring with groups such as Waxahatchee and Speedy Ortiz, as well as gaining attention from 6 Music and publications such as The Fader, Brooklyn Vegan and Stereogum.