Horseshoe Tavern

Ex Hex, Speedy Ortiz – Tickets – The Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON – October 27th, 2014

Ex Hex, Speedy Ortiz

The Horseshoe Tavern Presents

Ex Hex

Speedy Ortiz

Sensei

Mon, October 27, 2014

Doors: 8:30 pm

The Horseshoe Tavern

Toronto, ON

$13.50

This event is 19 and over

www.horseshoetavern.com

Advance Tickets available at: The Horseshoe front bar Rotate This and Soundscapes

Ex Hex
Ex Hex
Ex Hex is what your older brother's friends listened to -- "Roxy Roller" and "Virginia Plain" rumbling from the Kenwood in the basement.

It's what your babysitters listened to, and it's what stuck with me.

Ex Hex is a power trio: guitar, drums, and bass.

"Mary Timony has quietly started a new band, and their first song online isn't quiet at all. Timony, last seen portraying a motel housekeeper in Mikal Cronin's "Peace of Mind" video, has already played in an impressive array of indie-rock groups: most recently Wild Flag, but also '90s luminaries Helium and Autoclave. Her latest outfit, Ex Hex, takes its name from the 2005 album she released with solo-artist billing, a move that perhaps coincidentally brings to mind Kathleen Hanna's use of an old solo-project moniker for current ensemble the Julie Ruin. "Hot and Cold," Ex Hex's initial offering, is below, and it's a guitar-blazing come-on with fuzzed-out power-pop DNA." --SPIN
Speedy Ortiz
Speedy Ortiz
After too much time freelance writing and watching re-runs in a windowless Brooklyn basement, guitarist and songwriter Sadie Dupuis left New York City for the wilds of Northampton, MA in order to pursue a master's degree in poetry. In doing so, she began Speedy Ortiz, a self-recorded lo-fi project named after a minor character from the Love and Rockets comic series. Speedy Ortiz soon became something else entirely as bassist Darl Ferm, guitarist Matt Robidoux, and drummer Mike Falcone teamed up to form a full band, balancing abrasive noise with infectious earworms. The newly minted Speedy Ortiz quickly found an audience in the Boston DIY scene, playing frequently with their friends Pile, Grass is Green, Fat History Month, Sneeze, Krill, and Arvid Noe.

Almost immediately, the band recorded a two-song single, "Taylor Swift" and "Swim Fan," with Paul Q. Kolderie (Pixies, Hole) and Justin Pizzoferrato (Chelsea Light Moving, Dinosaur Jr.), and self-released it in March of 2012. Shortly thereafter they spent a few weekends at the dingy yet atmospheric Sex Dungeon Studios in Philadelphia recording the Sports EP, a five-track, loosely conceptual 10" released that June on Exploding in Sound Records.

The creation of Major Arcana, their full-length debut, marks the evolution of Speedy Ortiz into a wholly collaborative effort. Darl leans toward basic, chunky parts, while Mike, a talented songwriter in his own right, helped arrange while also providing aggressive, boisterous drums. And Matt is a classically trained guitarist, but his experience in noise and experimental music comes through in his anti-melodic guitar solos, which counterbalance Sadie's angular, scalar guitar riffs and poppy vocals.

The end result is a band able to distill their influences and creative impulses into something at once dissonant and melodic, noisy yet undeniably pop.
Sensei
Venue Information:
The Horseshoe Tavern
370 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON, M5V 2A2
http://www.horseshoetavern.com/