Monday, March 03, 2008

Hex Dispensers

“Lose My Cool” 7-inch
Douche Master Records

Urgency is the driving force behind the angst-ridden guitar chug that carries “Lose My Cool” on the A-side of this single from Austin, TX power punk outfit, the Hex Dispensers. The song strongly evokes Jay Reatard’s approach to working out demons and self-loathing via psychotic rage channeled through powerfully distorted and punk-damaged new wave melodies.

“Taxidermy Porno” on the b-side blows out irresistible angularity and controlled power, but keeps the song reigned in with sharp hooks and honest-to-goodness great lyric writing which adds fuel to the fire. A flawless cover of the Wipers’ 1980 power punk jam, “Tragedy” shows off a musical upbringing that places the group on the right track to power punk greatness. The only problem is that three songs aren’t nearly enough to satisfy anyone’s appetite for what the Hex Dispensers have to offer.

--Chad Radford