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ARTIST
TITLE
XI
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
DC 345CD DC 345CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
8/28/2007

"Off in the distance, the sounds of cities and towns groan, rumble and heave. It might be bustling industry or some strange storm that stuck around so long that inhabitants forgot it was ever supposed to leave. In some places, it is rumored that sirens are forgotten altogether. Can you imagine? OMG! With this in mind, The Howling Hex congregated. A tour had been booked and there was work to do. Working collaboratively with each other, the band descended upon each city in turn. Nightly, they gathered with the citizens and took note. Wherever The Howling Hex went, they heard the sirens -- howling, screaming, soothing. They put them in the grooves of their new songs. Writing songs on the road and playing them, night after night, led them and us to this moment-defining statement: XI. After all, Odysseus tied himself to a mast for a reason. A piece of every city can be heard on XI. In fact, spin XI on and you will find as well several states of mind and sound in the funky-swift, breviloquent songs. Think of The Minutemen playing Blue Oyster Cult's 'Godzilla' backwards (and underwater) to the post apocalyptic denizens of Hendrix's '1983' -- but think fast because another song is coming and there's a riot going on. Guitar leads conversing with fat bass leads in front and behind you as saxophones wail before stripped-down drums, the frenetic beating of the conga and other percussive instruments. This unnameable thing we know as rock is matched on XI with sharp-eyed lyricism and a multiplicity of vocal approaches."