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 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.
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