This Ex Hex article was written by Sam Jourdan, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Michael Liggins
Last night’s stellar performance at Scala saw a trio of trio’s. The brand-new DC-based garage-pop Ex Hex headlined, with support from the The Wharves and Jacuzzi Boys.
The Wharves were up first, being put on stage mere minutes after doors opened. Credit where it’s due; the sparse and rapidly emerging crowd didn’t seem to faze the alternative rockers. The Wharves’ sound is certainly an interesting, albeit fairly sporadic one; seeing beautiful harmonised vocals underplayed by a combination of 90s-style soft rock and more contemporary British folk. The Wharves played a short, but successful set and after a quick changeover, Miami-based garage rock group Jacuzzi Boys stormed on.
The Jacuzzi Boys played an extremely energetic, upbeat set; primarily thanks to frontman Gabriel Alcala’s indomitable stage-presence. Alcala and co were clearly a group of musicians absolutely thrilled to be playing live; carrying an energy throughout their set that showcased a true love of their craft. Alcala’s soloing saw the guitarist grooving around the stage, pulling shapes that Marty Mcfly would be intimidated by.
Ex Hex certainly had a difficult feat in topping their two support acts. After innocuously strolling onto the stage, lead-singer Mary Timony quietly introduced the group, before seeing the trio breaking into lead-single ‘Don’t Wanna Lose’ which immediately grabbed the audience’s attention. Ex Hex’s set saw the entirety of their debut ‘Rips’ performed throughout the night, along with wonderful sing-a-long cover of The Real Kids ‘All Kindsa Girls.’
Although Ex Hex are a new band, formed in early 2014, but the packed-out Scala and welcoming demeanour of her crowd proved that they have successfully established themselves as a serious entity in next to no time at all. Capitalising on this early success, Ex Hex stormed through their set. The juxtaposing nature of Timony and bassist Betsy Wright’s stage presences was of particular interest, with Timony’s charming, quiet manner being charged against Wright’s raucous rock-star demeanour; especially when the two engaged in an extended duelling of solos, a highlight of the evening.
Last night’s performance saw three relatively different live entities sharing the stage; but each left their mark. A fantastic set from Ex Hex with one of the finest pairs of support acts I’ve ever witnessed.