Artists of the week: Ex Hex
Ex Hex is Washington D.C.-based garage-pop trio formed by singer/guitarist Mary Timony, bassist/singer Betsy Wright and drummer Laura Harris. The name of the band is taken from the legendary independent singer-songwriter 2005’s third solo record, who created and developed the band’s punkish sound in a rather speedy fashion (it took them less than a year to release their debut after their first live show).
After being a member of highly influential 90s alternative bands such as Autoclave and Helium, Mary Timony spent the following decade releasing obscure solo records that did little to expand her cult fan base until she joined Wild Flag, a bi-coastal quartet featuring Sleater-Kinney members Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, who released in 2011 an eponymous record that was not only a critical success but also allowed the band to tour extensively through the US.
Rips, Ex Hex recently released debut record, is a tight collection of 12 speedy, happy, riff-fuelled songs that will not only please Wild Flag fans, but anyone who appreciates memorable hooks and top-notched melodies. Everything seems to have been polished, amplified and streamlined for immediate appreciation. And, honestly, there’s really no valid reason to resist.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.