EX HEX

EX HEX

Cold Beat, The Shivas

Tuesday 5/19

8:00 pm

$15.00

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This event is all ages

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EX HEX
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.
Cold Beat
Cold Beat
Cold Beat, aka Hannah Lew, returns with the announcement of her third album, Chaos By Invitation, out April 7th via her own Crime on the Moon label. As compared with previous releases, Chaos By Invitation began in Lew’s home, alone, with additional tracking done later by Phil Manley (Trans Am) at El Studio and Mikey Young (Total Control) – only to return to Lew’s home for completion over the course of many months. As a result, the offering is much more personal and direct than Into The Air, which was more of a band effort. Collages from Lew’s home environment make up many of the textures of Chaos By, woven in to create an intimate atmosphere, a sort of chaos by necessity and design. The album also features performances by her friends Kyle King, Alex Shen, Jackson Blumgart, and Mikey Young.

The album moves through themes of sensuality/intangibility. Lew attempts to reconcile the distance between these two modalities throughout the album. One can hear the surrender in Lew’s voice as she grasps to hold onto the end of a rope during “In Motion” – as if succumbing to a strong current of emotion. Chaos By Invitation examines what can be machine-readable and what is only felt in the body.

Inspired musically by bands such as NEU! and Tubeway Army, Lew was also influenced by her own burgeoning interest in astronomy. The first single, “62 Moons,” is a song about love taken for granted, analogous to the 62 moons of Saturn, which are in constant loving orbit around a beautiful siren planet with many satellites. The artwork (above), done by Kevin McCarthy – of legendary Bay Area post-punk band Rank Xerox – was made to be machine readable, with some far distant expectation some synthetic intelligence would be able to understand this extremely personal and human album.
The Shivas
The Shivas
The Shivas are a rock and roll band from Portland, Oregon formed in 2006. In the 10 years since coming together they have brought their raucous dance party to almost all 50 United States and over 20 countries worldwide, meanwhile releasing 5 full-length albums and two 7" EPs, on labels such as K and Burger Records. 2016 saw the release of the long-player Better Off Dead (K Records LP/CD, Burger Records CASS - 2/16/2016) recorded by Calvin Johnson at Dub Narcotic Studio. Shortly thereafter came the I've Had Enough b/w So It Goes 45rpm on Casino Trash. These releases were followed by full North American and European tours, including The Shivas first trip to Mexico, where they headlined Festival The End at Foro Indie Rocks in Mexico City.

"Salute to The Shivas for being an actual garage-rock band, instead of just putting casual reverb on ’80s beach-punk, and for being an especially literate, tasteful and disciplined garage-rock band, too...Call it retro and you’re missing the point — this is just real." --LA Weekly

"The Shivas blend elements of surf-pop, garage-rock and good old fashioned rock and roll, dousing their hook-filled melodies with a healthy dose of reverb." --Guitar World
Venue Information:
Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102
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