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Neil Michael Hagerty & The Howling Hex

Live At Third Man Records

    Neil Michael Hagerty is best known as the laconic frontman of 90s noiseforward
    rockers Royal Trux. Back in September of 2016, NMH and The Howling
    Hex showcased an off-kilter garage stomp fused with avant-blues aggression.
    The two songs presented here are the surest insight into the mind of someone
    who helped redefi ne rock ‘n’ roll by completely destroying it, but has since
    settled into more cogent outbursts.
    • Hometown: Washington DC / Denver, CO
    • Recorded September 23, 2016 in Third Man’s Blue Room

    ‘The Best Of The Howling Hex’ is a new album of new music by a new incarnation of The Howling Hex, now broadcasting as a band from the big town of Denver, Colorado. After years staked out in the border country of southern New Mexico, guitarist and leader Neil Hagerty is back in the phonebook, giving the Hex an urban soapbox on which to stand for the first time in their ten years of rere- revisionist history.

    ‘The Best Of The Howling Hex’ is the first album of new music since the release of ‘Wilson Semiconductors’ in 2011.

    ‘The Best Of The Howling Hex’ weaves the wild spirits and far-flung textures of ‘Wilson Semiconductors’ into tightly compressed sing-songs, before turning the jam out to bring the levee home. Hagerty’s guitar tone is an alien wonder, and the careening beat of the band unleashes him to fill solo spots with fervour.

    After five years of wandering through the arid brushcountry of ‘Earth Junk’ and ‘Wilson Semiconductors’ (as well as the sidetrack soundtrack adventure that was ‘Victory Chimp, A Book’), the days of the covered wagon seem to be behind The Howling Hex for the time being. However, the depth of the earth and the true direction of the wind are lessons learned from their years out there - they can’t be unlearned.

    The Howling Hex are now operating out of Denver, CO, and feature Eric Allen (of The Apples In Stereo) on bass guitar.


    CD Info: The CD format of The Best of the Howling Hex features a
    bonus secret hidden mystery track, further extending the
    New Border sound of The Howling Hex.

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