Ex Hex – Rips [album review]

by Woody on October 7, 2014


I recently had the displeasure of being involved in a conversation of how hot J-Lo looked in her new video for a crap-tastic tune titled Booty. Are you fucking kidding me? Who cares? I had recently become privy to Rips by the female trio of Ex Hex. So I chimed in, “You know what I find sexy? Three women playing their own instruments for songs they wrote themselves as they blare through a set of punk.” If you find yourself agreeing with me, then Rips is for you.

I had the pleasure of catching their SXSW set at Waterloo Records on a sun-soaked day. The trio comprised of Mary Timony, Laura Harris and Betsy Wright blazed a 45 minute set that showcased their experience. This wasn’t some indie buzz band of newbies, these ladies were pros and veterans. And Rips bottles that set in a nice package that is provided to you by the fine folks of Merge.

The tunes are short and dynamic. The writing and playing is crisp. Harmonies work like a charm. It is an energetic 35 minutes that bristles with the energy that makes punk music fun to listen to. Characters abound throughout the album. My favorites are Hot and Cold, Don’t Wanna Lose and Waterfall. Timony was part of the all-female super group Wild Flag. I had been pining for a second album from them. Ex Hex’s debut made that feeling go away.

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