RED HEX is a three piece punk band from Tacoma, Washington. Their Shoulda Known 7″ was just put out by Negative Fun Records in Raleigh, NC and Enfield, NH, giving us a snapshot of their furious post-punk meltdowns.
As far as what we’re concerned with around here, this 7″ couldn’t fit in any better. The Red Hex trio from Washington state has delivered us an offering of three raw and bloody post-punk beatings, characterized by angular guitar crunches, Sam Olsen’s raspy snarling and a notion of certain destruction as these guys have little remorse for any of the damage they cause.
Opener “Shoulda Known” quickly sets the pace of this sharp and scrappy 7″, leaving us to whimper in a hellish guitar descent that buries us deep into the fiery underworld. Following that, the aptly named “Down in the Dirt” brings in a load of scuzzy, intoxicating guitar filth, coming through with a nasty grungy vibe to set us up for the mangled and belligerent finisher “Rat Boy.” Here we’re met by Olsen in his most disgusted tone, who fits in perfectly with the fatal and jagged guitar shards that makes up this sinister and unsettling sound. Blood-boiling screams of “kill rat boy!” combine with the disheveled, blistering scuzz of the guitars, making for a catastrophic finale that does not go down without a fight. Now with all that being said, you’d be a fool to miss out on these songs below.
Shoulda Known –
Rat Boy –
My Rating: SS
Genre/ Tags: Post-Punk, Lo-Fi, Punk
Shoulda Known 7″: Tracklist:
1.) Shoulda Known
2.) Down in the Dirt
3.) Rat Boy