Moving Units Set to Release “Hexes For Exes” on Metropolis Records

When Moving Units 2002 self titled EP hit the ears, and ipods of the cutting edge of music scene, the Los Angeles
trio was anointed the West Coast’s entry to the early 2000’s dance punk movement.  The EP’s raw, visceral
performances, stylish presentation and timely release, garnered the band such praise as being called “the raw and
messy birth of something new (Nylon)”, and “purity amid the bullshit (Fader)” of its dichotomous home town.

As the anticipation for the band’s full length grew, its label shrank, and by the time the band’s first full length hit the
shelves in 2004, the stars of the universe had fallen out of alignment and the band’s commercial potential was not
reached. The band considered calling it a day, rumors of a breakup swirled around the music scene creating a frenzy
withinits fan base, and through it all, they realized that their chemistry was a precious thing not to be wasted.

The band recoiled and evaluated their options, choosing to forge forward in the ever-changing landscape of music
and evolve to their full potential. Moving Units have now inked a deal with Metropolis who
will be releasing Hexes for Exes on October 9, 2007.

The core of the band (Blake Miller – Guitar/Vox, Johan Boegli – Bass, and Chris Hathwell – Drums) added a
fourth member, Victor Velazquez (Guitar). Expanding their sound to include anything that felt right including
electronic drums and synthesizers, the album evolved into a haunting journey late into the night.

The result is a new strand of Dance DNA by the name of Hexes for Exes, which expands both the band’s musical
palate and instrumental limitations, creating an album that is truly progressive.

“Pink Thoughts” begins the album an upbeat yet dark burner, setting the tone by mixing the band’s tried and true
dance style with a drum machine introduction and a more melodic approach.  “Crash and Burn Victims” a haunting
electro-dance number, providing the listener a glimpse of the band’s expanded vision, segues directly into “Paper
Hearts”, a mournful rocker of lost love.

Social (or cultural) commentary shines in “The Kids from Orange County” a song about the burgeoning scene in
Los Angeles neighboring county, known more for its surf and pop-punk bands and gated communities than
asymmetrical haircuts and sweaty bangers.  Although the scene is emerging, the kids from Orange County still need
to come to LA to feel completely comfortable.

The rollercoaster continues throughout, including the almost ragtime feel of “Pick Up the Phone”, the indie-epic
ballad “Kings and Queens of Nothing”, a curve-ball with the ethereal “Hearts Departed” (which was actually the
inspiration behind “Paper Hearts”), and closing with “Blood Beats” an up-tempo synth-dance tune that leaves the
listener satisfied and inspired, glad that they hit repeat before starting the album.

If Dangerous Dreams was there get the party started, Hexes is the soundtrack of the kids in the corner, making out
at 3AM.

In Addition, the band has been hand-picked to open for Smashing Pumpkins at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium
on Wednesday July 25.


The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA – Wednesday July 25 * Supporting Smashing Pumpkins
House of Blues -Anaheim, CA - Friday August 10
House of Blues – Anaheim, CA - Saturday August 11
Popscene – San Francisco, CA – Thursday October 4


Hexes for Exes
will be released on Metropolis Records on October 9, 2007

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