We Are Hex with Jinx Dawson. Photo by Gregthemayor
We Are Hex with Jinx Dawson. Photo by Gregthemayor

The hoodoo practitioners known as We Are Hex have kicked off 2014 by conjuring two new songs from their unholy morass. The Indianapolis quartet, who headlined HHM8’s main music event at the Masonic Temple on Saturday, Sept. 28, released the two songs — “W.D.M.R.S.” and “Tongues” — via their Bandcamp page on Monday, Jan. 6. Those who witnessed their manic séance-style performance at HHM should recognize “W.D.M.R.S.”, as it was the cut that started off their set.

 

“W.D.M.R.S.” is also notable for featuring Jinx Dawson, vocalist of goth rock progenitors Coven, a band that has a viable stake on the claim that it introduced the rock horns hand gesture to pop culture. Dawson, a fellow Indianapolis native, opens the song with some deranged intonations and cackling, beckoning the listener into the haunted house setting created by the creaky music. Then, as the guitars flicker and Dawson writhes, the pummeling percussion kicks in and Jilly Weiss’s vocals lead the listener into a heathen underworld.

 

“Tongues” is a much more frenetic affair, the dueling rhythms almost tripping over each other as Weiss spits lyrics in varying pitches like a Satanic version of one, well, speaking in tongues. It’s less than two minutes long, surging forth without relent before abruptly coming to a halt.

 

The two songs are to be released on a forthcoming 7-inch in the spring.