HEX, THE: “St. James Infirmary” b/w “Daydream Deceiver”: 7”

I am happy to report that there are some different and interesting things happening in my town (Victoria, BC) these days. The Hex is a band I have seen play a couple of times and each time I came away feeling like I had witnessed something special. This recording confirms it for me. The first song is a burning blues swagger with a few spastic explosions throughout. I kept thinking of hints of Gun Club with a healthy dose of Pine Hill Haints. Cool and hypnotic. The flip side took me back to what I remember from seeing them live. There is still a bit of Gun Club happening there, but this time it’s going full throttle and focused through some sun-drenched hallucinogenic prism that I couldn’t not think of Lenguas Largas (in fact, this was a comparison that I drunkenly made to the frontman of the band after the first time I saw them. Later he told me he checked out Lenguas Largas and could hear what I was saying). I love this band and intend to see them play as much as possible. –Ty Stranglehold (Northern Gothic)