Chris Owen of Budget Rock pitched their name my way months ago, but it’s taken me a while to finally get my grimy little hands on their killer disc. Amoeba was always sold out. Aquarius didn’t have it. They’re too little for the big stores. Finally, finally, finally I ordered a copy the olde fashionede waye -- though Get Hip, and goddamn was it worth the wait. One of the best garage rock records of 2007 is now mine!
Hex Dispensers is equal parts Ramones and Wipers, with a dark streak blacker than a Northwest winter (their guitarist David Bessenhoffer was in a buncha Seattle punk bands: New Fangs, Tractor Sex Fatality, The Blow Up). Subject matter: early graves, assassin girlfriends, and other topics of an equally bad-ass nature. They’ve posted a couple great tracks on their MySpace page – where I think we all should go to pester them to come to San Francisco again (I guess they played Budget Rock last year). They’ve definitely put a spell on these ears. – Jennifer Maerz