Moving Units – Hexes For Exes (2007)
Moving Units was formed in 2001 by Chris Hathwell, Blake Miller, and Johan Boegli as a response to what the band refers to as “an uninspired music scene”. The band selected the name Moving Units to express their distaste for the sales-obsessed mentality of the record industry. Thanks to their compelling mixture of post-punk and dance rock and incredible live shows, where singer/guitarist Miller’s frantic performances are tethered to singer/drummer Hathwell’s driving rhythms and the danceable bass lines and self-controlled, aloof stage presence of bassist Johan Boegli, The Moving Units quickly became a band to be reckoned with. Their reputation soon grew and their winning over of the jaded LA music scene earned Moving Units a residency at Spaceland, a hub of underground music. In 2007, Moving Units joined Metropolis Records for the release of their new album Hexes For Exes. From the infectiously catchy guitar lines of “Pink Thoughts”, and the dance electronic synths of “Crash ‘N’ Burn Victims,” “The Kids From Orange County” to the rhythm driven “Paper Hearts” and the Joy Division and New Order influences on “Dark Walls” the album immediately stands out, with foot-tapping hooks making you take notice of the depth of the lyrics. Hexes For Exes is an album that has been crafted for the dance floors and to sing along with. The swagger and sleaze of “Pick Up The Phone” and the grooves of “Nail It To The Cross” were made for moving to. The slower tempo of “Kings and Queens Of Nothing” and “Hearts Departed” with its stripped down vocals and echoing guitar sound are a striking counterpoint to the dance vibes of the album, rounded out perfectly by the bass hooks and playful rhymes of “Blood Beats.” Hexes For Exes breathes new life into dance rock.
Incorporating goth-funk, stomping dream-pop and even elastic electro-mope….