Exbats, the - E is 4 Exbats - New LP
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In the beginning...everything the Exbats do is full of spit and wonder, and these early recordings (2016-2018) have a wonderful charm all their own, slightly more stripped down and youthful, basement powerpop and under the tree in the backyard, garage bubblegum punk rock cruising along, slowing down to tell you a secret. - winch
Inez McLain / vocals, drums
Kenny McLain / vocals, guitars
Matt Rendon / bass
Mastering / Patrick Haight
Cover Photo / Christopher Riggs
Arizona father/daughter garage-punk outfit The Exbats drop a needle straight into the vein of what made the world fall in love with rock & roll in the first place. Their new LP Kicks, Hits and Fits (out March 6 on Burger Records) is a witchy, punk-rock sock hop of a record that navigates teen angst, falling in love, breakups and figuring out where in the hell you fit into society, especially when you’re not yet old enough to get into the club where your band is playing. The Exbats’ always clever formula—fusing 20-year-old daughter Inez McLain’s ’60s surf drumming and punk doo-wop vocals with her dad Kenny McLain’s Beach Boys-meets-X guitar licks—has found them making fans out of (and sharing bills with) bands like the Dead Milkmen, Mike Watt, SadGirl, NO WIN, AJJ, Tacocat, El Vez, Death Valley Girls, Skating Polly, Starcrawler and more.
The Exbats have been rocking together for a decade now—ever since Inez got her first drum kit at 10 years old. They played their first show when she was just 12. And for the next six years they wrote scores of songs and played out wherever they could. Eventually, they left their home in Portland and moved to a remote corner of the Navajo Nation in Pinon, Ariz. At a low point, thinking about calling it quits, they played an amazing show in Prague, rebounded and decided to push the band even harder.
These days, The Exbats live in Bisbee, Ariz., a small border town affectionately referred to by locals as “Mayberry on acid.” It’s an old pioneer copper settlement marred by a massive open pit mine that can still be seen from downtown—an anti-corporate haven that was overrun by New York hippies in the 1970s.
“I can’t stand crybabies,” Inez says. “If you’re sitting around crying because you’re lonely then you’ll probably stay lonely.”
“We love punk stuff like FIDLAR and Death Valley Girls.’ Inez says, “And I love a good pop song from different bands like Pulp, Flight of the Conchords, and 12-year-old Inez would tell you that nobody writes a better song than Harry Styles, but mostly we’re a Monkees family.”
“We try to bring it back to a time when people focused on writing hit songs.” Kenny says. “We want to unite the world around rock & roll!”
“The Exbats have managed to distill all that’s vibrant in the history of pop music into 2- to 3-minute anthems that recall everything poppy from The Archies to its ’70s punk heirs The Ramones.” – Under the Radar
“[They] play tunes with simple pop melodies, no-frills first-wave punk arrangements, and a cheerful sense of humor that finds room for observations on pop culture, troubles with relationships, and even family matters.” – AllMusic
“The band flips between ripping punk rock and neo-garage rock. “2027” could have been stolen from a Weirdoes or Avengers single with its charging, burning riff. Meanwhile, “Girls like these” is borne from ‘60s radio rock and could equally have been a 1910 Fruitgum Co single or an Animals tracks. For the most part, the tunes are sparse, catchy, and to the point. Both early punk and early garage rock thrived off hooks and the band unabashedly aims to make a thumb snapper of a record. And they succeed.” – Punknews
“They may be a family act but they don’t hold anything back… fast and fuzzed-out… feisty with a strong thrust of hardcore riffs and heavy drum beats.” – BTRtoday
"We write great, short-ish catchy songs about you, and us, and life and stuff. (Hopefully, you're here because you like that sort of thing). Do people still like hit songs? Like TOTP style hits? These are hits. We are Inez, Kenny and Bobby. We record with Matt. We live in Bisbee, AZ and we play shows all over the SW USA. Never dull, ever."