Ex Hex will release their highly anticipated full-length debut Rips on October 7 in North America and October 13 worldwide. Listen and share the first track “Don’t Wanna Lose” now. A full list of tour dates is below, including new album release shows in October.
Ex Hex is Mary Timony, Laura Harris, and Betsy Wright. They are a power trio hailing from Washington, DC, making the music you’ve been waiting for. Drums, bass, guitar, P90s, searing leads—this is unapologetic rock ’n’ roll spat out in the discipline’s mother tongue.
Mary found Laura Harris (The Aquarium, Benjy Ferree) and they hit it off immediately. Laura is a monster on drums: intuitive, solid, and just a bit rough around the edges. The pair played together for a couple of months in a tiny carpet-lined practice space shared with half a dozen hardcore bands and what appeared to be the better part of a B.C. Rich Mockingbird.
In walked Betsy Wright from the wilds of Virginia. She and Mary have similar tendencies, both defaulting to denim and The Voidoids. Betsy is a performer and an ace piano player, and before long, she was slinging a cherry SG as the third member of Ex Hex.
The group played a handful of shows and a couple of months later, in the spring of 2014, headed into the studio. Working furiously, they recorded over the span of two weeks in North Carolina with Mitch Easter (Let’s Active) and in the basement of Mary’s home with frequent collaborator Jonah Takagi. Bobby Harlow (The Go, Conspiracy of Owls) was tapped to mix because of his unique take on making rock records.
What results is Ex Hex Rips, twelve songs about underdogs, guys stealing your wallet, schoolyard brawls, and getting bent. The record happens pretty quickly, so don’t blink.
Pre-order Rips now at iTunes (pre-orders will receive an instant download of “Don’t Wanna Lose”) and in the Merge store.
Ex Hex on tour:
Jul 17 New York, NY - Museum of Modern Art
Jul 18 Toronto, ON - The Garrison
Jul 19 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge (Pitchfork Festival after-party) ^
Jul 20 Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
Jul 23 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
Jul 24 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel *
Jul 26 Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle (Merge 25)
Jul 27 Charlottesville, VA - The Southern *
Sep 27 Cincinnati, OH - MidPoint Music Festival
Sep 28 Urbana-Champaign, IL - The Pygmalion Festival
Oct 5 Washington, DC - Black Cat #
Oct 7 Louisville, KY - Zanzabar #
Oct 9 Denver, CO - Hi-Dive #
Oct 10 Albuquerque, NM - Sister #
Oct 11 Phoenix, AZ - Yucca Tap Room #
Oct 12 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo #
Oct 14 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
Oct 16 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios #
Oct 17 Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl #
Oct 18 Seattle, WA - Barboza #
Oct 23 Fargo, ND - The Aquarium #
Oct 24 Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry #
Oct 26 Detroit, MI - PJ’s Lager House #
Oct 28 Montreal, QC - Il Motore #
Oct 29 Burlington, VT - Monkey House #
Oct 30 Boston, MA - Great Scott #
Oct 31 Hamden, CT - The Space
Nov 1 Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands #
Nov 2 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge #
Nov 5 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar #
Nov 6 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter #
* with Hospitality
# with Speedy Ortiz
^ with Dum Dum Girls, Speedy Ortiz