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Album Review

The nearly four-year gap between Moving Units' 2003 debut Dangerous Dreams and its follow-up Hexes for Exes is likely due at least in part to the collapse of the group's former label, Palm Pictures. Ironically, the long enforced layoff probably did the Los Angeles-based new wave revivalists a world of good, because had Hexes for Exes come out in, say, 2005, it would have gotten absolutely buried in the onslaught of similar-sounding releases by the Killers, Franz Ferdinand, the Bravery, Hot Hot Heat, and all those bands (most of them already forgotten) who sounded like them. But by 2007, that sound is already sufficiently out of fashion that there's a certain retro kick to the bass-led synth-dance rock of Hexes for Exes. It's like the musical equivalent to that moment where a piece of once-trendy clothing goes from being merely outdated to being puckishly ironic. But the fizzy lightweight charms of this pleasant album don't stand up for more than a couple of nostalgic listens: the plain truth is that Moving Units simply lack the imagination and/or luck to create those one or two indelible four-minute singles like the Killers' "Mr. Brightside" or the Bravery's "An Honest Mistake" that lifted those bands, however briefly, above the fray. Hexes for Exes is certainly inoffensive, but it's not particularly memorable, either. Only "Wrong Again" truly captures the ear, thanks in large part to a chorus that's naggingly close in melody to some forgotten old pop hit from the past. Otherwise, this is merely competent but uninspired dance-rock.

Customer Reviews

For the love of music, please expose yourself to this!

Shocked that there isn't more love on here for this fantastic album. I wait for the moment when a song from this gem pops up on my enormous shuffle mix. It is the little things that make life worth while, and this album deserves your attention. At least sample Crash..., The Kids, and Pick up the Phone for starters. You will be pleased.


Heard them on pandora and I was like "this is freakin awesome!!" it really is. It's hard to come by good music nowadays.

Who Wrote the Album Review?

You're all like, "this album is pretty much just like these other bands but not as good." Aren't you being paid to sell this album? Try harder.
I mean, I like it.


Formed: 2001 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Los Angeles' post-punk revivalists Moving Units were formed by original members Blake Miller (vocals), Johan Bogeli (bass), and Chris Hathwell (drums), formerly of the hardcore band Festival of Dead Deer. After their breakup in 2001, the new group formed -- adding Victor Velasquez on guitar -- and began writing and gigging. They expanded their exposure with dates at festivals like This Ain't No Picnic earning them wider attention even before they had any releases. Moving Units signed to Festival...
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