A “super-group” of sorts, Washington D.C.’s Ex Hex offers a fun brand of glam-tinged punk rock from a musical culture that bred riot-grrrl and the DIY ethos. We dig it. And apparently everyone else does too: their first full-length, 2014’s Rips, blew up, and the ladies are returning from a tour with King Tuff to play a sold-out show at (le) Poisson Rouge. Here’s what they had to say about the record, the future, and doing it their way:
Your first record blew up and garnered a lot of (highly deserved) positive feedback. Were you expecting it to take off so quickly?
I guess we weren’t really thinking about how people would react. We were definitely trying to make the record exactly how we wanted it and were not willing to make any compromises about how it was recorded, mixed or even how the songs were arranged. It’s so fun that people have liked the record and makes it even more fun to play live when people in the audience seem to know the songs.
How do you think Ex Hex’s sound fits into a musical culture and history as illustrious as DC’s?
DC is such an interesting place to be a musician because unlike New York or LA people don’t really move here to like ‘make it big’ in music. Most people living in DC are lawyers or work for government agencies etc., so that makes the music community pretty small which is great because we get to know all the other musicians. There have been a lot of great bands that came out of DC and we are really proud of that and psyched to be a part of that lineage….
You guys have been involved in a lot of other projects. Have any of these specifically contributed to or influenced Ex Hex’s sound?
I think Ex Hex has been kind of a fresh start for all of us… We all always say how it’s the most fun band we have ever been in.
Looks like you’re in the midst of a tour that’s taking you far and wide. Are there any cities or venues that you’re particularly stoked to play?
We are excited to hit Minneapolis again – those guys rule! Our last show there was really fun and the audience had such a great vibe. Also excited to head back to Europe to play in Barcelona in May.
In 2014 you toured with King Tuff and played a gig on Late Night with Seth Myers. What’s on your to-do list for 2015?
Our tour with King Tuff was actually in January of this year which is crazy – we’ve packed a lot in! We just got back. We are psyched to be playing at some really fun festivals this summer and into the fall…
And finally, what’s in the works? Can we expect another record soon?
Once we get off the road for a little bit this fall we plan to hunker down and work on new stuff… We can’t wait…!!!
Neither can we.