We Are Hex, "Hail the Goer"


We Are Hex

Hail the Goer

Roaring Colonel Records

Whether or not the members of

We Are Hex are still living together (in the so-called Hex Haus) in a dubitable

near-Southside neighborhood doesn't matter at this point. Because they're

living in a Hex Haus of the mind. "We ain't got no fireflies on this side of

town / we ain't got no streetlights to guide our way home," lead singer Jilly

Weiss howls on the opening track, "Birthplace of the Mystics," to the band's

sophomore album, and first on My Old Kentucky Blog offshoot Roaring Colonel


, Hail the Goer. Like Moose

of Jookabox on his last album Dead Zone Boys, We Are Hex sing of a spooky, post-industrial wasteland that rings downtown Indianapolis.

"We're all living in a

haunted house," she goes on, and with a synth in the background sawing

insistently a la Bernard Hermann's music for the shower scene in Psycho, we wonder if those ghosts are out for blood. But

we'll give up a little of our precious life-force for the pleasure of listening

to this new batch of songs (an economical eight in total) by the nervy,

aggressive, dark art rock band.

"Birthplace of the Mystics" (courtesy Roaring Colonel)

Hail the Goer picks up where We Are Hex's excellent debut Gloom

Bloom left off, in mapping out a landscape

of alienation with occasional hope, Weiss's

post-Riot Grrl vocals grating over a woozy soundscape of staccato and echoing

guitars, martial drums and minimal synths.

Where the album differs from

"Gloom Bloom" is in cramming new ideas into a shorter form; the aforementioned "We are the Goer" still

offering a weird, fragmented close, but these disjointed ideas only lasting a

few seconds before slamming back into the next tune. It's interesting to see

where Weiss takes each of the numbers, moving on "Gold_Silver" from a sneering

dismissal of trust fund babies to a wordless, tribal vocal as she gloats over

her effete kill.

"We Are The Goer" (courtesy Roaring Colonel):

Other points of interest: the

synths on "Singer_Tastemaker," which have that atonal oscillating feel that one

associates with early electronic art music; the attention-grabbing opening to

"Teeth Collection," when Weiss offers, "You can knock my teeth out," an opening

line which bodes well for any song; the many moods of "Don't Let Dirt in Here,"

which starts with a dim sound collage, moves through different rifts and

signatures, then closes with Weiss yelling, "Yeah, there's gotta be something

more," like she really means it.

The release show for Hail the Goer is Saturday, July 24 at Radio Radio. $8 will get you admission plus a CD, while $10 will get you admission and a vinyl copy of the album.


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