SUNDAY CLASSIC GTC: PRO-CHOICE ROCK ANTHEM: HEX – “Billboard”
by Walter Price
I’ve never really considered what it would sound like if Opeth and L7’s sounds could merge into a dark witchy brew. That was until I got my ears on HEX’s recent single “Billboard”. A powerful song taking aim at political systems’ continued war on women’s freedoms. Although the band, Kiki Van Newtown and Jason Erskine, are directing their frustrations at their own New Zealand politicians, this message is certainly international.
“With our crowbars, we insist that free choice rules the womb…”
The Amber Beaton directed video for the single is reminiscent of a haunting B-movie as a group of ‘goth-brides’ take their weapons to a chauvinistic roadside billboard. The pro-choice imagery is profound, important and worth a view or several.
“Billboard” is from ‘The Hill Temple’ album, out now.
[original pub date 21. September 2018]
HEX – Billboard
Band photo courtesy of Public Display PR
This video was made with loving support from NZ On Air
Producer and Director – Amber Beaton
1st Assistant – Melodie Rice
Set crew – Melodie Rice and Jason Erskine
Makeup – Renee McCarthy
Kiki Van Newtown
Hex has been reborn as Giantess
“Giantess are the convergence of Kiki Van Newtown’s thunderous writing and Jason Erskine’s transcendent production. Together they create cavernous gospels, songs wide open with emotion and power. Giantess released their debut album ‘Big Woman‘ in May 2020, with nine riff-heavy tracks that move from steady quiet to mountainous explosions of feeling and sound.” – FB Bio
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