One of the best bands I saw at SXSW this year was Ex Hex, the new trio led by former Helium/Wild Flag member Mary Timony. I seriously can’t say enough good things about this group; it’s Timony doing Ramones/Cheap Tricks riffs and blazing guitar solos with a fully locked-in rhythm section, and everyone I know who saw them developed instant devastating crushes on bassist Betsy Wright. In the band’s new video for their debut single “Hot And Cold,” Timony shares an awkward date with a fellow D.C. punk legend, Nation Of Ulysses/Make-Up frontman Ian Svenonius, and things don’t become fun until her bandmates show up. Lara Gallagher directs; watch it below.
The “Hot And Cold” 7″ is out 3/18 on Merge, and I seriously cannot wait for the album, whenever it might arrive.