"Like some kind of demented side show, the Ex-Boogeymen have a knack for mesmerizing their audience. Whether it's by stripping all their clothes off, humping random audience members or dancing like some Baptist snake-handling crazies in the middle of a Sunday-morning frenzy, their shows always seem to be the buzz on the streets weeks after they take place.
Masters of Ceremony, the first release by these self-proclaimed devil-rockers, is a punk-rock homage to nightlife and other dark things. This album is simple punk and classic rock & roll, rolled up in an almost surfy-goth vibe. Following the tradition of The Cramps, they utilize plenty of reverb, front man bravado and catchy two to three minute songs. They may not have completely invented the sound, but I like to refer to this band as a breath of fresh air. It is the kind of good time music that will itch your dance bone. Which is a welcome reprise in a town ruled by post-punk and sludge metal.
Like the old saying goes, once you invite a vampire into your house they can come and go as they please: this album is a vampire. Take it for a spin and Reverend Liaison will immediately sink his "hooks into you." The next thing you know you'll find yourself at an Ex-Boogeymen show, drinking cheap wine, surrounded by leather jackets and tattoos, getting those inexplicable spins. It won't be long until you find yourself speaking in tongues, dancing to their old-school-gothic-punk-rock vibe. If it's your first time seeing them don't be surprised if you wake up in a ditch covered in amniotic fluid. You will be reborn."
- Ale Gasso, Lead Us Down (www.leadusdown.com)