ALBUM REVIEW: EX HEX’S
RELEASED: 13TH OCTOBER 2014, VIA MERGE
Washington DC based rock and roll outfit Ex Hex’s debut record Rips is a tidal wave of heady guitar solos and killer vocal harmonies. The trio embrace rhythmic proficiency and recall a time when a brilliant hi hat could make or break a track. Reasonably complex for the genre and rife with psychedelic and punk era nostalgia, the trio deliver a polished, albeit punchy take on contemporary rock and roll.
Ex Hex really win with their impressively varied song structure on this record. No two tracks sound alike but all still draw from similar elements throughout. ‘Hot and Cold’, ‘New Kid’ and ‘Everywhere’, especially, are real gems for the record.
Vocally, Mary Timony’s timbre is reminiscent of early Donnas with a dash of Joan Jett. Assertive and confident, Timony displays a power in her voice that makes for a distinctly riotous aesthetic.
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