By Dalal Museitef |Staff Writer|
The ultra glam punk rock band, Ex Hex, have earned their name as the modern-day Ramones.
Their latest album, Rips, has assured the punk rockers of our generation that rock ‘n’ roll is still a valuable genre in modern music.
Mary Timony, lead vocalist and guitarist, is known for her short tenures with a variety of bands, in addition to creating her own content.
Her exemplary songwriting skills are highlighted in three albums, “Autoclave,” “Helium,” and “Mind Science of the Mind.”
After her most recent solo album, “Ex Hex,” she was inspired to form a band.
Her new collaboration, Ex Hex, has caused a stir in the punk rock community.
Guitarist Betsy Wright contributed her clean cut bass guitar solos, and drummer Laura Harris provided a solid rhythm section.
Their dominant guitar riffs, harmonies, and hardcore tones transport you back to the 1970s.
Rips was recorded in two weeks in Timony’s basement, then signed to Merge Records this month.
“Don’t Wanna Lose,” their latest single, conveys deep emotions one feels when in a failing relationship.
“My perception is growing dim. There’s no way to lose, no way to win. I’m not gonna stay down. Goodbye the dark days, bets are down.”
She expresses her feelings that men can easily manipulate a woman and put his needs before hers.
This catchy tune will have you singing and playing along.
Ex Hex has a small fan base, but has slayed performances in dozens of festivals, including South by South West.
Their second single, “Hot and Cold,” describes the male role as a childish, yet a mysterious character.
“You’re acting like the foolish kind…tryna talk to me through your mind…you look at me with snakelike eyes…I cannot see through your disguise.”
“Ex Hex are maybe the most fun live band I’ve seen all year and finally their album is out,” wrote blogger, James Covey.
Rips sounds like the album that you would play on Guitar Hero or Dance Dance Revolution.
Within the album there are some tracks that are all similar to each other.
“Everywhere” and “Warpaint” have these similar styles and pauses between lyrics.
“Outro” is one of the songs that stands out, as it carries a mellow tone.
Rips is being released into stores this week, and if you’re looking for a classic rock sound, you should definitely give it a listen.
Ex Hex will be on tour from September till November.
If their live performances sound anything like their album, audiences are guaranteed to have an awesome time.
Students can see what all the rage is about when Ex Hex comes to Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct. 12.