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LIVE REVIEW: Ex Hex – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club, 11.02.2015

by Matthew Langham

2015 has so far seen the re-explosion of female-fronted rock groups with the Riot Grrrl attitude being a throwback to ‘90s bands including Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill. Those familiar with the scene will have no doubt recognise Ex Hex. Front woman Mary Timony served with Helium as well collaborating with Corin Tucker’s Sleater-side-project Wild Flag. Her new project is equally as good as her previous work.

Their 2014 debut album Rips claimed all the plaudits with an exciting blend of the pop sensibilities of The Go-Go’s and The Bangles, mixed with a harder ‘90s influence. Expectation for their performance at the Brudenell was high following glowing reviews in the media from their previous UK date. Ex Hex didn’t disappoint.

Timony appeared a little shy and coy on stage but with a guitar in hand she was explosive. Her guitar work with bassist Betsy Wright was almost on the Bowie/Ronson scale of epic-ness. The trio blasted their way through the set, with high-kicks, exceedingly loud guitar solos and a ton of attitude being the order of the night.

An extended version of ‘Beast’ was a fine example of the clear chemistry between the band. Timony and Wright repeatedly leant on and crashed into each other with clichéd rock poses. A mind-blowing call and response guitar solo between the two was something to admire and applaud. An impressive no-frills performance with formidable talent.

Ex Hex play The Louisiana in Bristol (14 Feb); The Green Door Store in Brighton (15 Feb)

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