EX HEX - excellent new power pop

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i highly recommend EX HEX, on tour now with Speedy Ortiz. the three songs they have out now are excellent, and their debut LP 'Rips' comes out tomorrow...anyone else really into this?


i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Monday, 6 October 2014 06:47 (seven years ago) link

check the mary timony thread

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 6 October 2014 07:17 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

OK, just catching up on my albums-to-listen-to list. This Ex Hex album, Rips, is pretty amazing. I would imagine anyone in the mood for instantly-catchy guitar pop would love this.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Sunday, 7 December 2014 01:05 (seven years ago) link

i got this in a record buying spree, but haven't given it any attention yet. is there a single song or two to start with, as a way into the disc?

Daniel, Esq 2, Sunday, 7 December 2014 04:48 (seven years ago) link

Not really. They're all pretty much the same and all good. This video's a good time:


alpine static, Sunday, 7 December 2014 06:53 (seven years ago) link

Just play the whole thing front-to-back, it's pretty consistent, and it's a blast.

Matt DC, Sunday, 7 December 2014 10:51 (seven years ago) link

four months pass...

This is definitely better than the Wild Flag album, love this while spring cleaning the house

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 26 April 2015 20:41 (six years ago) link

haha i know spazzma is young but this thread being all "on tour now with Speedy Ortiz" and not mentioning Mary Timony is hilarious

frogteasip (some dude), Sunday, 26 April 2015 21:16 (six years ago) link

Love this record.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 27 April 2015 00:18 (six years ago) link

seven months pass...

Saw Ex Hex headline Dc's 930 Club last night before a big crowd. 2 covers I noticed-- the Wipers "Is This Real," and The Real Kids "All Kindsa Girls"... A fun set

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 December 2015 21:15 (six years ago) link

Helium / Mary Timony - S/D, C/D?

this is one of several threads I think that mentions Timony and Ex Hex

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 December 2015 21:16 (six years ago) link

Think they did those precise two covers when I saw them at Black Cat.

skip, Friday, 11 December 2015 21:16 (six years ago) link

Rips is a classic record. One of the best rock records to come out in a long time.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 11 December 2015 21:46 (six years ago) link

three years pass...

Rips is such a classic looking forward to the new one

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 18 March 2019 15:07 (two years ago) link

My copy of the new one arrived over the weekend. It’s very good on first listen. The production is nice, especially the guitar sounds. Not sure it is as hooky as the fist one, but it’s early days.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Monday, 18 March 2019 17:27 (two years ago) link

Upon numerous further spins, this album is fantastic. More glam/sparkly, less punky.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Monday, 25 March 2019 20:37 (two years ago) link

Got tix to see them with Versus!

Evan, Monday, 25 March 2019 20:44 (two years ago) link

The new one is incredible. Love love love

kornrulez6969, Monday, 25 March 2019 21:59 (two years ago) link

It’s more glam rock . May take longer for it grow on me

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 13:28 (two years ago) link

occasionally a bit bland-feeling after 3 listens while i was active (that is, not listening as close as i like to do). funniest moment for me was a once repeated guitar figure that caused my brayne to go “PA-NA-MA!” in dlr style. there are not many “1984” stylations that will EVER work for me, but that one- ok.

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 19:02 (two years ago) link

there should be a thread where we can talk about musicians who are very hot so that people who don't want to see/hear it can avoid it

alpine static, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 20:13 (two years ago) link

could also keep it to themselves

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 20:19 (two years ago) link


Simon H., Tuesday, 26 March 2019 20:21 (two years ago) link

but why would anyone keep something that is clearly personal to themselves

cheese canopy (map), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 20:21 (two years ago) link

just got my copy from Merge and it came with a pocket folder! I will put it in my Trapper Keeper

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 20:30 (two years ago) link


Hunt3r, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 20:32 (two years ago) link

as a contrasting purchase, I also got the new David Kilgour album

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 20:32 (two years ago) link

I really liked the first album, but sadly I'm not feeling these songs nearly as much.

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 20:52 (two years ago) link

The track "Radiate" is (by far) the highlight for me

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 21:04 (two years ago) link

Obv i kept trying desperately to find blondie refs

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 21:06 (two years ago) link

The guitar on "Radiate" reminds me of R.E.M.

"Want It to Be True" is like a lost track from Petty's "Long After Dark."

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 23:19 (two years ago) link

the less positive reviews in a nutshell: "it's not punk enough/the debut all over again"

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 15:52 (two years ago) link

yeah it's not punk like the Ramones, breaking new ground with every successive album

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 16:22 (two years ago) link

also just realized...
debut Wipers LP: Is This Real?
new Ex Hex: It's Real

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 16:35 (two years ago) link

That’s intentional; they have a Spotify playlist of tracks that inspired “It’s Real” and Wipers is the first track. Great mix too!

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 16:39 (two years ago) link

do you have link to that playlist? thx

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 16:49 (two years ago) link

Tough Enough, Diamond Drive, and Radiate are my favs so far

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 16:54 (two years ago) link

I get occasional Veruca Salt and Go-Go’s vibes as well, but may mostly be the production

Mule, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 16:58 (two years ago) link

i wrote the press bio for this record but even if i didn't it would be one of my favorite records of the year. makes me want to hang out in a 7-eleven parking lot

maura, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 22:56 (two years ago) link

It may be the best of the year

PaulTMA, Thursday, 28 March 2019 00:11 (two years ago) link

hoooly shit this rules

⅋ (crüt), Monday, 1 April 2019 04:51 (two years ago) link

god damn

⅋ (crüt), Monday, 1 April 2019 05:24 (two years ago) link

spinning it like nothing else exists

PaulTMA, Monday, 1 April 2019 21:04 (two years ago) link

That part in "Want It to Be True" that comes out of the explosion back into the verse . . . .

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Saturday, 6 April 2019 03:36 (two years ago) link

First Ex Hex, then the Autoclave reissue. Where the hell have you been all my life, Mary Timony?

Mule, Saturday, 6 April 2019 11:10 (two years ago) link

I’d vaguely been aware of Helium, but never gotten around to them. So much stuff to dig into.

Mule, Saturday, 6 April 2019 11:11 (two years ago) link

Bewildered by a lot of comments online of thought that this is a disappointing follow up to the debut. As someone who only got round to giving that a few listens last year, I definitely feel It's Real is not only the superior, but a near-perfect album.

PaulTMA, Saturday, 6 April 2019 11:31 (two years ago) link

Agree it better by a fair stretch, although Rips was very good as well. The new one is slicker though, which may rub some people the wrong way

Mule, Saturday, 6 April 2019 11:36 (two years ago) link

There are moments when I wish the new one hit a touch harder, but then I just let the dayglow bubblegum wash over me and everything is alright.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Saturday, 6 April 2019 13:13 (two years ago) link

I think it's going to take forever to get tired of Another Dimension, it deserves to be a massive international hit 32 years ago

PaulTMA, Saturday, 6 April 2019 13:19 (two years ago) link

xxxp Most of the songs aren’t nearly as good. To my ears, anyway.

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Saturday, 6 April 2019 15:47 (two years ago) link

I wish the end of "Rainbow Shiner" went on forever

Simon H., Saturday, 6 April 2019 16:59 (two years ago) link

xpost fair enough, morrisp. I think I need to go back and check, it’s been a while.

Mule, Saturday, 6 April 2019 18:00 (two years ago) link

The debut is more punk rock, this is more IROC. Loved the debut, but there's something about this one that makes me grin even wider. She deploys very specific 80s AOR guitar tones in a knowing setting, but never gets wink wink nudge nudge about it. Honestly didn't think I'd missed this Pat Benatar/Kim Wilde/Scandal style, or even saw it as something distinct, or that you could rework it without sounding kitsch, but Timony pulls it off.

bendy, Saturday, 6 April 2019 19:03 (two years ago) link

Yeah, that’s really well put

Mule, Saturday, 6 April 2019 19:05 (two years ago) link

theyre not as good in this poppier turn here. It’s ok, i wanted to love it so much, but nope. the early-brit-punk style chorused “whooaaas” and “ahhhs” of rips just fit them better, and the songs are stronger front to back.

Hunt3r, Saturday, 6 April 2019 22:43 (two years ago) link

I'm with bendy/Mule, I find the songwriting style more novel and distinctive on this one

Simon H., Sunday, 7 April 2019 00:46 (two years ago) link

(tbf i'm not done trying really)

Hunt3r, Sunday, 7 April 2019 04:08 (two years ago) link

I had my ah-ha moment driving. Definitely a car speakers album.

bendy, Sunday, 7 April 2019 04:42 (two years ago) link

They’re playing here tonight and I could not convince *anyone* to go with me :(

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 7 April 2019 22:50 (two years ago) link

I got a ticket to see them on the 30th and I am v. excited, gave up trying to get people to go to shows with me ages ago especially on a weeknight

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 8 April 2019 01:04 (two years ago) link

Where Rips favored punk economy, Ex Hex go all in for hard rock excess and hair metal aesthetics on sophomore release It’s Real. The band drew inspiration for their massive new sound from Def Leppard’s 1987 release Hysteria, specifically Mutt Lange’s, “fucking incredible production,” Timony says with genuine awe. “It’s impossible to understand what it is. It’s not really a band playing live, it’s a lot of isolated drums and a billion guitar tracks and a billion layered vocals.”

From Bandcamp article

curmudgeon, Monday, 8 April 2019 03:08 (two years ago) link

glad someone mentioned scandal, for me this album is basically "the warrior" but indie rock

couldn't be happier with it

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Monday, 8 April 2019 14:42 (two years ago) link

listening to another dimension is an example of poor fit to me. Its got a pretty usual metal-ike rhythm happening, and that is where i think im used to oppty for some flair, because that rhythm is getting trudgy. This is why metal had flash guitar? If these have it, they dont bring it. How about histrionic vocal are at least emotive vocals? Nope. Its just trod along. Maybe the next song will perk up. (It does a little).

I kept thinking “spinal tap could fix this.” im not sure that’s good.

Hunt3r, Monday, 8 April 2019 16:35 (two years ago) link

Harsh, dude. “Another Dimension” is not my favorite and I could see wanting it sped up a half step or to hit harder.

I still love it: the slick production, the tough-girl pose, extended connection between sound/radio/dimensions, and pursuing your quarry that may be a lover but might be a favorite song.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Monday, 8 April 2019 18:29 (two years ago) link

The thought has occurred to me that this album is similar to Kaputt in deploying certain (though different) early-80s signifiers in an ironic/not-ironic way that both functions as a comment on the original sources but is effectively an example of those sources as well.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Monday, 8 April 2019 18:34 (two years ago) link

yup i get that, and i’m just me- like i think the jett-y phrasing spots in rainbow shiner combined with the licks work really well.

there’s also the fact i was not in that target market then or now really. So i end up eval-ing it as a genre thing not a fan or emotionally susceptible listener. I obv like this band a lot and it’s cool theyre going for it.

side point to genre-raids by more recent stuff, it does put you at weird listener perspective, rating or even liking styles of shit that are... not usually for you then or now at all. For example, for me: tennis

i’ll try to stop perseverating on ex hex. great band, decent album. diamond drive on the phones right now.

Hunt3r, Monday, 8 April 2019 19:11 (two years ago) link

I'm digging this.

The guitars sound great.

The drums are kinda weak to me me though, feel like they could have been amped up

side point to genre-raids by more recent stuff, it does put you at weird listener perspective, rating or even liking styles of shit that are... not usually for you then or now at all. For example, for me: tennis

I find this dislocation fascinating. It helps me overcome some of my own hang-ups about music, like a door that can be opened to an alternate childhood, since I was a kid in the early-80s. Ultimately it gets me to like more music, which is always a good thing.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Monday, 8 April 2019 20:15 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I just saw them live and it was amaaaaaaazing, so much fun

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Wednesday, 1 May 2019 05:21 (two years ago) link

Funny, it's such expressive music, in a historically "raw" two-guitar rock milieu, but they gave it very little expressive interpretation last night. Note-for-note precision renderings of the studio tracks, band mostly standing quite still. Still a good crowd good show but I would have loved to see an unrehearsed moment, a few bars of improvisation from T-money, maybe a cover song?

mick signals, Friday, 10 May 2019 16:02 (two years ago) link

Oh, you were there too! I mean, they pull out the guitar crossing move a lot- there were also some leg kicks and power stances and Mary was bouncing around a bit. Musically pretty straightforward but it's not quite as stiff as you made it sound imo. I had a ton of fun! The stiffest thing about the experience was the shy, lame crowd.

Evan, Friday, 10 May 2019 17:32 (two years ago) link

I counted one solid leg kick, a healthy modicum of side-to-side swaying at the mic, Timony has a way of doing a half-Townshend arm windmill that looks (to the jaded) like she's thinking to herself "OK, on the 4th beat I raise the right arm 72°," and yes a lot of good facing each other and guitar crossing. If they were a string quartet and they pulled those moves it'd be a wild gig; it just felt unexpectedly staid compared to I dunno, a Cheap Trick show.

Agreed about the tame indie weeknight audience but at least it was a diversish array of folks; I've been going to a lot of shows attended by all dudes.

mick signals, Friday, 10 May 2019 17:54 (two years ago) link

Hey hey hey I distinctly remember 1.5-2 leg kicks total thank you very much.

But that's fair I suppose, though I wonder if it's a chicken or egg thing... like if the crowd was more loose / energetic would they be and vice versa?

Evan, Friday, 10 May 2019 18:01 (two years ago) link

I thought they were fun last night, though I agree the crowd seemed a little rigid. I wanted to boogie.

Also, one non-album moment was the spacey part where they segued from Cosmic Cave into Everywhere.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Friday, 10 May 2019 18:32 (two years ago) link

Look at that. We were all there!

Evan, Friday, 10 May 2019 18:33 (two years ago) link

sounds like the Austin crowd mighta been more fired up. I like how the bass player was rocking a Dire Straits Walk of Life video outfit

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Friday, 10 May 2019 18:43 (two years ago) link

Yeah, I blame the too-cool-to-dance brooklyn audience.

mick signals, Friday, 10 May 2019 18:54 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

They’re gonna become a 4 piece . Michelle Mae who played bass in the Makeup and Weird War and other groups, is joining on bass and Betsy Wright is switching to guitar. Betsy plays guitar in Bat Fangs too

curmudgeon, Thursday, 4 July 2019 15:47 (two years ago) link

joining the band or joining them to play bass on the upcoming tour?

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 4 July 2019 15:56 (two years ago) link

It's Real sounded great at the pool yesterday

can't wait to see them on this tour

Brad C., Thursday, 4 July 2019 15:57 (two years ago) link

They were a four piece on tour with a guy on bass

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 4 July 2019 15:59 (two years ago) link

Ex Hex Instagram says Michelle is “joining the group “ . Her first gig with them will be Jul 11 in Charlottesville, Va

curmudgeon, Thursday, 4 July 2019 16:09 (two years ago) link

They are so good live, real foot-on-the-monitor stuff.

Matt DC, Thursday, 4 July 2019 16:11 (two years ago) link

that's a v promising sounding addition, worth sacrificing the ~numeric efficiency~ of the power trio for even

I missed seeing them six weeks ago because I was too hungover. clownshoes

wot's the tea mum? (not beef again) (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 4 July 2019 16:13 (two years ago) link

Really enjoyed this interview:

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 4 July 2019 16:57 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

First spin of It's Real for the Spring. My wife is working so I can't really crank it up, but I do think the production or something is lacking in that I always want to crank it up. It needs to hit a little harder.

keto keto bonito v industry plant-based diet (PBKR), Monday, 10 May 2021 23:15 (eight months ago) link

seven months pass...

Fucking great band. About time for a new album.

Mule, Sunday, 9 January 2022 13:59 (one week ago) link

Not sure if Betsy’s band Bat Fangs has been mentioned here but I like them as well.

Chris L, Sunday, 9 January 2022 15:53 (one week ago) link

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