The term “garage rock” gets thrown around a lot by critics and music fans alike. But what does it mean anymore? When the genre started its resurgence in the early 2000s it signified a raw, stripped-down sound much like the music of its predecessors. Now it seems to be applied to any band that didn’t have the means to make a proper recording of their material. Bands like the Hex Dispensers truly exemplify the roots of the garage rock movement. Not only that, they blow those sissy wanna-be garage rockers out of the water with their 2009 album Winchester Mystery House. The album’s fast-paced rhythm and devil-may-care attitude pushes each track in your face, and it’s hard to ignore. These guys don’t mess around and their video for “My Love is a Bat” is no exception. Shot on 16mm, it’s as gritty and untreated as the Hex Dispensers’ music. Check out the video below:
The Hex Dispensers are playing a free show with King Tuff on Thursday, January 27 at Chicago’s Empty Bottle. How do you get in? It’s simple. RSVP on the Scion A/V Garage page by midnight and you’re on the list.