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Hexes for Exes

Moving Units

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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 It's like the musical equivalent to that moment where a piece of once-trendy clothing goes from being merely outdated to being puckishly ironic.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.

Awesome!

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

Biography

Formed: 2001 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Los Angeles' post-punk revivalists the Moving Units feature Blake Miller, Johan Bogeli, and Chris Hathwell, formerly of the hardcore band Festival of Dead Deer. The group formed in late 2001, shortly after Festival of Dead Deer broke up, and began writing and gigging, with dates at festivals like This Ain't No Picnic earning them wider attention even before they had any releases. The Moving Units signed to Festival of Dead Deer's former label Three One G and issued their self-titled debut...
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