Following the release of 'The Best of the Howling Hex' on Drag City in February and Daniel Blumberg's Hagerty-produced debut as Hebronix, Unreal (ATP Recordings) last summer, Daniel and Neil locked themselves in a studio in Denver to create this special edition 7" single. Sharing vocal duties and lead guitar, and also working together on the release's accompanying artwork, this new collaboration brings together two truly original talents. In celebration of the release, we are pleased to share the A-Side single "Bad Days."
Video directed by Claes Nordwall, London, October 2013. Artwork by Daniel Blumberg and Neil Hagerty, Denver Colorado, 2013.
Ex-Yuck frontman Daniel Blumberg recorded his superb Hebronix debut album Unreal with producer Neil Hagerty of Royal Trux aka Howling Hex. Now the pair is continuing and deepening its fruitful partnership with a new collaborative 7-inch called Heb-Hex. Our first taste from the record is “Bad Days” — not a Flaming Lips cover, although I’d love to hear Blumberg’s take on that song too. This one trades the dreamy sprawl of album tracks “Unreal” and “Viral” for a compact, strummy approach. It’s further evidence that Blumberg is one of the best young melody writers around, and it makes me hope these guys keep working together for the foreseeable future. Watch the video, which stars a bunch of action figures and cardboard cutouts above. -- Stereogum
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