Brought to you by The Corner and NZ On Air, Awesome Feeling 7 is an online event running through NZ Music Month 2013, culminating in the release of a free downloadable compilation of 20 New Zealand songs and the words written about them. Each weekday for 20 days we’ll post streaming+downloadable tracks from emerging local artists, accompanied by artist and track profiles authored by Corner contributors.
New Zealand can match Scandanavia for bleak, forested landscapes, but we don’t quite have the same tradition of the doomy pagan psych/folk metal said landscapes inspired (despite a valiant attempt from Timberjack’s infamous cover of ‘Come To The Sabbat’; early Flying Nun group 25 Cents’ punk take on garage psych nugget The Witch is suggestive, too). Wellington’s Hex redress this balance by doubling-down on the furthest-out parts of this seventies heritage of psychedelia & proto-metal, combining dark folk with eerie harmonies that would make Stevie Nicks or Kate Bush proud. Evoking this era without cloaking yourself in scared irony is hard to do, but they nail the explicitly pagan witch-woman vibe. A trio composed of Kirsten & Greta Van Newtown (who play together in bogan riot grrrl duo Newtown) and Liz Matthews (Goldifox, Horror Magnet, Evil, Hairdos, Octopus, Jewel of Bessamoocho, et al), they’re also capable of grunty, sludgy riffage on tracks like ‘Ignoring The Problem’ that keep company with other local bands like Somme, Detrytus, and Beastwars. Hex are looking to integrate new member Caroline on cello, and are planning to release a four-track EP this winter, hopefully on vinyl. They’re a hard band to track down online, so keep an eye out for shows in your neck of the woods.
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