Speedy Ortiz, Ex Hex
29 W. Southern Ave.
Tempe, AZ, 85282
From their start as a full band, Speedy Ortiz found a warm reception in the Bay State's rock underground, from Boston's basements to Western Massachusetts' experimental scene. In March 2012, the band recorded and self-released a two-song single ("Taylor Swift" / "Swim Fan") with Paul Q. Kolderie (Pixies, Hole) and Justin Pizzoferrato (Chelsea Light Moving, Dinosaur Jr.). Establishing both creative momentum and a fanbase earned through near-constant U.S. touring, they continued with the Sports EP, a loosely conceptual 10" released on Exploding In Sound that June.
Their debut album Major Arcana, named Best New Music by Pitchfork, saw the evolution of Speedy Ortiz from a lo-fi project into a wholly collaborative effort, marked by Darl Ferm's thick bass lines, drummer Mike Falcone's boisterous fills, and the counterbalance between guitarist Matt Robidoux's anti-melodic playing and frontwoman Sadie Dupuis's angular riffing. The end result is a band able to distill their influences and impulses into something at once dissonant and melodic.
For their Real Hair EP, Speedy Ortiz has teamed up with Paul Q. Kolderie once again, resulting in a collection brushed with effected guitars and pop-conscious vocals. Here Dupuis attempts to untangle concerns about misrepresentation of identity in four songs delivered with the band's signature abrasive clarity.
Ex Hex is what your older brother's friends listened to -- "Roxy Roller" and "Virginia Plain" rumbling from the Kenwood in the basement.
It's what your babysitters listened to, and it's what stuck with me.
Ex Hex is a power trio: guitar, drums, and bass.
"Mary Timony has quietly started a new band, and their first song online isn't quiet at all. Timony, last seen portraying a motel housekeeper in Mikal Cronin's "Peace of Mind" video, has already played in an impressive array of indie-rock groups: most recently Wild Flag, but also '90s luminaries Helium and Autoclave. Her latest outfit, Ex Hex, takes its name from the 2005 album she released with solo-artist billing, a move that perhaps coincidentally brings to mind Kathleen Hanna's use of an old solo-project moniker for current ensemble the Julie Ruin. "Hot and Cold," Ex Hex's initial offering, is below, and it's a guitar-blazing come-on with fuzzed-out power-pop DNA." --SPIN