Based out of Washington, D.C., Ex Hex is a trio consisting of Mary Timony, Betsy Wright and Laura Harris. Their debut, limited-edition 7″ Hot and Cold was just released by Merge Records, in advance of a full-length album later in 2014. You may already know Timony from some of her previous bands, including but not limited to Helium, Autoclave and Wild Flag. (She recently talked with Tobi Vail about her life in music).
Their new single includes three songs that combine glamorous alternative rock with a poised punk demeanor. “Hot and Cold” marches to a mid-tempo rhythm, built with angular guitars put in the service of bubbly pop. They lay it on heavy in the final minute, with a crisp, can-opening guitar solo.
“Waterfall” jumps out with a punchy pop-punk spirit, buttressed by Timony’s breathy howls and a steady rhythm. “Everywhere” is built with dense and crunchy guitar chords, which gives the track an invigorating twang. It concludes with a glowing guitar solo, sealing up the track in a wave of melodic warmth. Denying this refreshing sound would be futile — get listening now.