Interview: Ex Hex’s Mary Timony talks ‘Rips’, growing up, and ’80s power pop

Ex Hex (Photo by Jonah Takagi) “Before Ex Hex started, I had never really thought about making a song that was under two minutes long,” Mary Timony remembers. Considering her sprawling history collaborating with musicians all over varying rock subgenres, that’s saying a lot. Since breaking out in bands like Helium, Autoclave, and Wild Flag (along with Sleater-Kinney alum Carrie Brownstein), the gutsy rock luminary has turned her focus to a grunge-lined power pop. That music necessitates a certain brevity. “For the songs that I wrote, I was thinking about the music that I loved when I was 12 years [...]

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