Little hexes’ debut EP is a picnic at Chernobyl. {Complete with its ghost of an amusement park.} It’s an art-pop party of hexy characters :: Mister Madame Bovary, Phineas Gage, The Beatles, King Marke, hierophants, Bill Withers, cactus men… So grab a bottle of wine and a Geiger counter, because here comes the sun.

Little Hexes

Portland, Oregon

Anmarie Trimble

voice, keyboards, guitar, goth banjo, master of toys

Amy Spreadborough

voice, never-too-many guitars, bass

Karamy Muessig

voice, bass, guitar, egyptalacian percussion

Jennifer Topping

drums, percussion, rhythmic kismet

:: hexy music = ear + brain love ::
Little hexes’ lyrical repertoire includes odes to a pissed-off Cleopatra, Marie Curie’s unfortunate love affair with Radium, Phineas Gage’s 1848 metamorphosis from all-around nice guy to womanizing lout via a metal spike through the head, and an every-boy’s-(or-girl’s)-fantasy tribute to the Swiss Miss Girl. The band also delivers idiosyncratic mash ups that play mischief with just about every rock genre.

:: “hex” origins ::
The band’s name comes from Frank Stanford’s poem “Death and the Arkansas River,” and also hearkens to the fancy folk art symbols Pennsylvania Dutch adorn their barns with—called “Hex Signs.” These are large, colorful circles of geometric patterns, often featuring mystical birds, sun wheels, or floral patterns. Hex signs are thought to possibly have originated from German folk magic, though the symbology of modern hex signs tends to be more about good luck than anything witchy.

:: music + story telling + art ::
Little hexes collaborates with like-minded Portland artists and designers to bring beauty, dimensionality and weirdness to our live performances and web environments. The fruit of one such partnership: graphic novelist/creative director Molly Hayden has created a series of wickedly stylish barn-hex-style art pieces that serve to visually embody many of our tunes.

:: little hexes :: occasional traveling brouhahas ::
Joanna Neal :: drummage & best haircut
Sam Isabell :: guitar & extra red pants
Drew Nelson :: standing up to the stand-up bass
Ned Faulhaber :: big-ass bass & key’d ambiance
Mark Burdon :: percussion & drums, & excellent posture
Brian Harris :: keys & oooooo! vibes
Jessica Anderly :: cello & orchestral attitude

Walking in the mud,
The bootsoles leave little hexes in the kitchen.
~ from Frank Stanford’s “Death and the Arkansas River

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:: little hexes :: art pop & hexology from Portland, Oregon ::

:: a rock band of mischievous odes & mash ups ::