Ex Hex / Diarrhea Planet – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – May 22nd, 2015

Ex Hex / Diarrhea Planet

Mississippi Studios & Pickathon Present Mary Timony's new power pop group & explosive Nashville rock

Ex Hex / Diarrhea Planet

Summer Cannibals

Fri, May 22, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$13 ADV / $15 DOS

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This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats

 

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
Diarrhea Planet
Diarrhea Planet
Diarrhea Planet is a six-piece rock and roll band from Nashville, TN. Their sound has often been described as The Ramones holding Van Halen hostage with an arsenal of fireworks and explosives. Diarrhea Planet's four guitarists provide enough riffs to make Jack Black squeal like a schoolgirl, while lead singer Hodan delivers enough hooks to straighten the curl out of Justin Timberlake's hair. In a world of unintelligible lo-fi recording, reverb drenched vocals, and tuneless guitars, Diarrhea Planet aims to put the backbone back into rock and roll.

The band initially formed in the Spring of 2009 with drummer Casey, and two guitarists Jordan Smith and Evan P. Donohue. That fall the band decided to flesh out their sound with bass and a third guitar, adding Mike Boyle and Brent Toler. They self-released the five song EP, Aloha, in November. The album sounded like a mix between an uncontrollable college party and a gut-wrenching Tae Bo workout. With the Mediafire link popping up on a variety of blogs, Aloha became a sleeper online sensation. Perhaps due to the unusual band name, the EP garnered around 1,500 downloads in its first week online. By the time the band took down the Mediafire link early the next year, The EP had collected over 10,000 downloads.

In the summer of 2010, Evan P. Donohue decided to focus on his own music and left Diarrhea Planet. The band quickly adopted shredders Evan Bird and Emmett Miller, generating Diarrhea Planet's most empowering line-up. The band shifted some of their focus from delinquent party rock to slightly more sophisticated songwriting and guitar theatrics that will make every living guitar hero cry out of joy and/or despair. After this change-up, the band played an exhausting amount of local shows. They have opened for acts such as Wavves, Fucked Up, Jeff the Brotherhood, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Defiance OH, Jacuzzi Boys, The Spits, and The Coathangers. They have also played a variety of basements, warehouses, frat bars, and dorm rooms. The overwhelming volume and sheer brutality of their live onslaught satiates those who crave power and thunder, while the meek grovel on the beer-soaked floor. The wall of heavy riffage and intricate shredding infuses audiences with enough electrical energy to stave off sleep for the rest of the weekend. Despite their leanings towards punk and heavy metal, Diarrhea Planet swears by the Bible of pop. With a distinct emphasis on vocal hooks and harmonies, their shows often morph into massive, drunken sing-alongs.
Summer Cannibals
Summer Cannibals
Summer Cannibals aren’t wasting any time. The punk-flecked four-piece from Portland hit the ground at full speed, their 2013 debut album No Makeup catching people completely off-guard in their hometown and beyond. In just a few short months, Summer Cannibals earned deserved props from some of their heroes—including a ringing endorsement from the Thermals—opened for international touring bands like Chvrches, and found themselves at #2 on the coveted “Best New Band” list in Willamette Week. Now they’re back with their second full-length, the raw, to-the-point Show Us Your Mind. As before, Summer Cannibals come armed only with the things they need: fuzz pedals, razor-sharp riffs, and songs that get stuck in your head the first time you hear ’em.

The group formed around guitarist/vocalist Jessica Boudreaux and guitarist Marc Swart in 2012, their sound fueled by Boudreaux’s songwriting chops and the band’s full-volume fervor, which flows most fluidly during Summer Cannibals’ head-turning live shows. To capture that live spark, the band recorded Show Us Your Mind at Portland’s hallowed Jackpot Studios with Larry Crane (Sleater-Kinney, Elliott Smith, Tape Op) behind the board. The group recorded and mixed to tape, working quickly to capture the momentum, and Show Us Your Mind is both a continuation of the straightforward statement-of-purpose on No Makeup, as well as an effective introduction to the band’s ultimately catchy clang. These are pop songs played at air-raid volume, serving as a simple tonic for day-to-day frustrations.

“It’s music that has been made for a long time. It’s not like we’ve discovered some brand new thing,” Boudreaux says. “But life is short. Why not play music that makes you feel free, and crazy, and like you can do whatever you want?”