Ex Hex have taken new album ‘It’s Real’ (out now via Merge) on the road for a massive tour that will find the band hitting both sides of North America before crossing the Atlantic for shows in Europe next month. Today, the trio of Mary Timony, Betsy Wright, and Laura Harris present the music video for “Rainbow Shiner” which faithfully brings their album art to life and was directed by underground animator and cult cartoonist M. Wartella.
Of the video, Wartella says: “As artists, often our destructive tendencies come from the same place in our heads that creativity comes from, and that is what we aimed to capture in this psychedelic trip clip. Well, that and to rock your socks off! For real!!!”
The ferocious and anthemic “Rainbow Shiner” is what Ex Hex’s Betsy Wright describes as “a victory song about the power and love of music” Her mordacious central riff is coupled with dueling guitar-god solos that explode from the stereo spectrum.
Ex Hex were already one of America’s best guitar bands—but on ‘It’s Real’, their musical savvy has thrillingly combined with anything-goes curiosity, studio experimentation, and a dedication to refinement, resulting in an album that’s ready to be played at maximum volume. Single “Rainbow Shiner” offers a prime example.
Ex Hex European live dates:
May 23 – Stereo, GLASGOW (UK)
May 24 – Brudenell Social Club, LEEDS (UK)
May 25 – Deaf Institute, MANCHESTER (UK)
May 27 – The Exchange, BRISTOL (UK)
May 28 – Village Underground, LONDON (UK)
May 29 – Hare & Hounds, BIRMINGHAM (UK)
May 31 – Botanique, BRUSSELS (BE)
Jun 01 – Best Kept Secret Festival, HILVARENBEEK (NL)
Jun 03 – La Maroquinerie, PARIS (FR)
Jun 04 – Exil, ZURICH (CH)
Jun 05 – Blue Shell, COLOGNE (DE)
Jun 06 – Molotow, HAMBURG (DE)
Jun 07 – Privatclub, BERLIN (DE)