I've been really digging Austin garage punks Hex Dispensers
for a while now. Their gothic Ramones sound comprises traces of the Wipers and a perverted fascination with criminal behavior. The group's debut, self-titled album was infested with lover -assassins, television-haunting ghosts, and arsenic milkshakes. On the tight tunesmith's new (excellent) follow-up, Winchester Mystery House
, the Texans continue putting the fun back into funereal, with tracks about doomsday, phantom limbs, and obits. Check out "I've Got My Doppelganger On"
which explodes like a warehouse of illegal fireworks on the chorus. Happy holiday weekend, and mark your calendars for the Hex Dispensers' upcoming San Francisco show on Friday, June 17 at Annie's
--a party that doubles as the 11th birthday bash for Red Devil Records