Sunday, July 24, 2011

use it in a sentence..

"Hex Machine comes barrelling at you like a freight train... something big, loud, dirty and dark like some monster out of a nightmare... but their groove brings you back to a place of clarity and you just can't not nod your head. Or walk around in a circle nodding your head, as Richmonders (and metallers everywhere) are wont to do. What draws me to them most is that they are practically undefinable - and in this metal world that has been subgenred to death (being in one or not will actually affect how much cash you take home with you at night, how many kids come out to see you play and really has very little to do with the actual music itself) is refreshing and even produces nostalgia for me for bands I worshipped up to two decades ago.

Hex Machine's original style coupled with the amalgamation of mad influences from all over the map should intrigue one enough to not only throw down a couple bucks for their music, but venture out to a show so you can be enveloped in that dark, dirty love. And this time, you don't have to be in Richmond to see them:

July 2nd ~ Seattle, WA @ Funhouse
July 3rd ~ Missoula, MT @ Pre-Wantage Total Fest Show
July 5th ~ Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
July 6th ~ Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
July 7th ~ Detroit, MI @ The Comet
July 8th ~ NYC @ Union Pool
July 9th ~ Boston, MA @ PA's Lounge
July 10th ~ Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

Now, of course, this isn't their first rodeo by any stretch of the imagination: they've opened for years for bands like Jesus Lizard, Baroness, Intronaut, Clutch, Zoroaster, Priestess, Jucifier.. and if that doesn't give you the idea of what kind of show they'll throw down... then maybe you're not as cool as you think you are. ;)

Making the most of this tour which started, of course, here in Richmond, Trevere reports from half-way through to playing for an "attractive" crowd at Portland's Plan B venue after spending a week recording 10 tracks on 2" analog tape with Tim Green (Melvins, Fucking Champs) at his "Louder Resort" studio in Grass Valley, CA. Concerning the sound of the new tracks, Tim is said to have stated that "if anyone should name their album "New Directions", it would be (Hex Machine.)"

In Seattle, another recent stop, Trevere states that "the view of the Space Needle from our overnight digs on 4th ave in downtown (was) unreal" and that they had planned to hit the EMP in Seattle to see the Nirvana Exhibit before their show at the Funhouse.

The rest of their tour will bring them back to the east coast within the next week, so make the effort, take a drive and go see these dudes play."

Katie Boyle, Richmond Metal Music Examiner
July 2, 2011 Richmond's Hex Machine takes spellbinding national - Richmond Metal Music |

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