Ex Hex - Rips [LP]
Ex Hex is a power trio hailing from Washington, DC, making the music
you've been waiting for. Drums, bass, guitar, P90s, searing leads - this is
unapologetic rock 'n' roll spat out in the discipline's mother tongue.
With Wild Flag on hiatus, Mary Timony (Autoclave, Helium) needed a new
outlet, so she retreated to her basement and started writing. To her surprise,
the songs came easily and the hooks practically wrote themselves.
Mary found Laura Harris (The Aquarium, Benjy Ferree) and they hit it off
immediately. Laura is a monster on drums: intuitive, solid, and just a bit rough
around the edges. The pair played together for a couple of months in a tiny
carpet-lined practice space shared with half a dozen hardcore bands and what
appeared to be the better part of a B.C. Rich Mockingbird.
In walked Betsy Wright from the wilds of Virginia. She and Mary have similar
tendencies, both defaulting to denim and The Voidoids. Betsy is a performer
and an ace piano player, and before long, she was slinging a cherry SG as the
third member of Ex Hex.
The group played a handful of shows and a couple of months later, in the
spring of 2014, headed into the studio. Working furiously, they recorded over
the span of two weeks in North Carolina with Mitch Easter (Let's Active) and
in the basement of Mary's home with frequent collaborator Jonah Takagi.
Bobby Harlow (The Go, Conspiracy of Owls) was tapped to mix because of
his unique take on making rock records.
What results is Ex Hex Rips, twelve songs about underdogs, guys stealing your
wallet, schoolyard brawls, and getting bent. The record happens pretty quickly,
so don't blink.
Don't Wanna Lose
Waste Your Time
You Fell Apart
How You Got That Girl
Hot and Cold
2014 Merge Records