Three definitions of Phantasmagoric:
1.) Having a fantastic or deceptive appearance, as something in a dream or created by the imagination. 2.) Having the appearance of an optical illusion, especially one produced by a magic lantern. 3.) Changing or shifting, as a scene made up of many elements.
1) The Hex Dispensers are absolutely deceptive. On the exterior, they’re a bit like any other strapping garage-punk band ripping it up these days – they’re snotty, a little bit sloppy and often downright adorable. But scratch underneath that surface and you’ll find a supercharged combo who deal in darkness – their repertoire is not fun in the sun, it’s the things that go bump in the night.
2) They look cute and cuddly, but these three young men and women are actually full-blooded werewolves. When the night is lit up by the full moon, you can find these beasts in an underground lair, cooking up crazy concoctions down in the lab. While their snouts are long and their fangs are out, they’re slapping together derelict ditties about ghosts, doppelgängers, houses of secrets, brains in jars, phantom limbs, exploding suns and even the odd Devo cover.
3) When you get right down to it, werewolves are shape-shifters. The Hex Dispensers might have recently become werewolves, but they used to include a mummy and a vampire. They have a new album out – it’s called III (as in it’s their third album, dig?) – and it sounds like the kookiest Halloween party you’ve ever been to, without any of those boring old “horror-rock” tropes tripping you up. These werewolves have done good.
Check out the phantasmagoric Hex Dispensers on Saturday, June 13. They’re having a record release party at End of Ear records, located at 2209 S 1st St at 6 p.m. The show is free, but please bring some money for records. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Listen to III from The Hex Dispensers below.