Ex Hex’s It’s Real on NPR First Listen this week

Yes, It’s Real by Ex Hex is very real, and starting today you can hear it from front to back on NPR First Listen ahead of its release on Friday! Mike Katzif of NPR says, “Ex Hex's blasts of rock and roll will always inspire fist-pumping and sing-alongs. But when Timony, Wright and Harris deploy their exuberant music as an entry point to fearlessly reveal more of themselves — trauma and sadness, regrets and anger — It's Real lays a path for working through painful moments and re-empowering one epic riff at a time.”
On It’s Real, Ex Hex’s commitment to larger-than-life riffs and unforgettable hooks remains intact, but the garage-y, post-punk approach that defined 2014’s Rips has grown in scale and ambition. What started as a reaction to the blown-out aesthetic of Rips would test the sonic limits of the power trio and lead the band on a quest for a more immersive and three-dimensional sound. Vocal harmonies are layered ten tracks deep, solos shimmer and modulate atop heaving power chords, and the codas linger and stretch toward new frontiers of sound. On first listen, you might think you’ve unearthed a long-lost LP carved from the space where crunch-minded art rock and glitter-covered hard rock converge, an event horizon at the intersection of towering choruses and swaggering guitars.
It’s Real is being shipped out from the Merge store this week; get your copy on CD, LP, and magenta and blue “rainbow shiner” Peak Vinyl (order before March 22 to receive a free pocket folder while supplies last), and pick up tickets to the Ex Hex show nearest you this spring!

Ex Hex on tour:
Apr 02 Richmond, VA – Richmond Music Hall*
Apr 03 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer*
Apr 04 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom*
Apr 05 Portsmouth, NH – The Press Room*
Apr 06 Montreal, QC – l’Escogriffe*
Apr 07 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern*
Apr 08 Ferndale, MI – Loving Touch*
Apr 10 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall*
Apr 11 Madison, WI – High Noon*
Apr 12 Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club*
Apr 13 Omaha, NE – Reverb*
Apr 15 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre*
Apr 17 Boise, ID – Neurolux^
Apr 18 Portland, OR – Aladdin^
Apr 19 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore^
Apr 20 Seattle, WA – Crocodile^
Apr 23 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall^
Apr 24 Fresno, CA – Strummer’s^
Apr 25 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom^
Apr 26 Tustin, CA – Marty’s on Newport^
Apr 27 Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge^
Apr 28 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress^
Apr 30 Austin, TX – Barracuda^
May 01 Dallas, TX – Curtain Club^
May 03 Nashville, TN – Exit/In^
May 04 Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle^
May 05 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle#
May 09 Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere
May 10 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club%
May 23 Glasgow, UK – Stereo
May 24 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
May 25 Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
May 27 Bristol, UK – The Exchange
May 28 London, UK – Village Underground
May 29 Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
May 31 Brussels, BE – Botanique, Witlof Bar
Jun 01 Hilvarenbeek, NL – Best Kept Secret Festival
Jun 03 Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie
Jun 04 Zurich, CH – Exil
Jun 05 Cologne, DE – Blue Shell
Jun 06 Hamburg, DE – Molotow
Jun 07 Berlin, DE – Privatclub
* w/ Moaning
^ w/ Feels
# w/ Japanese Breakfast, Eternal Summers
% w/ The Messthetics, Clear Channel