Ex Hex, Speedy Ortiz

Ex Hex

Speedy Ortiz

Big Ups

Sun, November 2, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$13 advance / $15 day of show

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This event is 21 and over

Ex Hex - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Ex Hex
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.
We are thrilled to have found a home at Merge.
Ex Hex will release their debut album in 2014, and a tour is in the works including the SXSW Festival in March.
Speedy Ortiz - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Speedy Ortiz
Speedy Ortiz started as a summer 2011 home-recording project and quickly transformed into four bratty rascals releasing their cathartic instincts with a unique brand of indie-grunge, balancing abrasive noise with infectious earworms. This formation led to the release of the slack and weighty double A-side "Taylor Swift" b/w "Swim Fan" recorded by Paul Q. Kolderie (Pixies, Radiohead) and mixed by Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr, Thurston Moore). Their latest release is Sports EP, a 5-track concept slugger out on 10-inch vinyl (Exploding in Sound Records). In Summer 2012, Speedy Ortiz was named Best New Band in Massachusetts by alt-weekly The Boston Phoenix.

"Resurrects the floppy-stringed guitar dissonance of old-school Boston bands like Kudgel and Swirlies, or Rob Crow from Pinback's predecessor Thingy, who forged similar anti-anthems out of the grimiest chords." - Boston Globe
Big Ups - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Big Ups
Brendan Finn, Joe Galarraga, Amar Lal, and Carlos Salguero Jr. met whilst learning about specifications of Cat 5 cables in New York City. Shortly after, they formed a band. Big Ups – since 2010 – blend punk, post-punk, metal, and indie rock into a salty mash that gets stuck to the roof of your mouth. At their brightest, they have been likened to The Descendents, but at their sludgiest, they call to mind bands like Pissed Jeans and The Jesus Lizard.

In January 2014, Big Ups released their debut 11-track LP, Eighteen Hours of Static (Dead Labour/Tough Love Records). The record was recorded by Charles DeChants in the rock 'n' roll labyrinth known as Excello Recording in Brooklyn over three days. The album highlights Big Ups' depressive mood swings. The band slows their usual frantic pace on the burner "Wool" – a song about dealing with suffering. They toy with dynamics on aggressive tracks like "TMI", "Little Kid", and "Fresh Meat". But not to worry – the mania is still there; songs like "Goes Black" and "Atheist Self-Help" demand attention with their sneering guitars and colossal drums. Lyrically, the album is a meditation on subjects like truth, faith, and science (the record's title is a reference to Carl Sagan's Contact), but admittedly, Big Ups doesn't necessarily have all of the answers. "Justice" ends with the lines "I know there's a better way, but I just can't say what will make it okay".
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002