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Hex Dispensers 

"Lose My Cool" 7-inch

Urgency is the driving force behind the angst-ridden guitar chug that carries "Lose My Cool" on the A-side of this single from Austin, Texas, power-punk outfit the Hex Dispensers. The song strongly evokes Jay Reatard's approach to working out demons and self-loathing via psychotic rage channeled through distorted new-wave melodies.

"Taxidermy Porno" on the B-side blows out irresistible angularity and controlled power, but keeps the song reined in with sharp hooks and great lyric writing that adds fuel to the fire. A flawless cover of the Wipers' 1980 jam "Tragedy" shows off a musical upbringing that places the group on the right track to power-punk greatness. The only problem is that three songs aren't nearly enough to satisfy anyone's appetite for what the Hex Dispensers have to offer. 5 stars

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