Friday, March 29, 2019

Ex Hex - It's Real

We have no reason to be coy here -- It's Real by D.C. power trio Ex Hex is one of the best pure rock and roll albums we have heard in years.  With a boatload of snarling riffs, power pop chords, massive drums, confident harmonies, sharp songwriting, and tight performances, it radiates a love of '80s alternative rock and reveals a band that is having so much fun that it might be illegal.  Certainly there were hints of this in the band's debut album Rips, and in Timony's brief post-Helium project Wild Flag (with Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss).    But in retrospect, Rips (which is a fine album) seems like the well-executed demo for the complete package that is It's Real.  This is music that is bright, visceral and completely uncontrived.  We are in love.

Ex Hex are Mary Timony, Betsy Wright, and Laura Harris.  It's Real is out now in vinyl, CD and digital formats via Merge Records.

Bandcamp for It's Real
Various links for It's Real

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