Fort Worth singer-songwriter Preston Newberry, 24, is a man of many interests. He restores old homes to pay the bills and has just started his own hummus delivery business in the Near Southside’s historic Fairmount district, where he hopes to reopen The Flying Carpet, a short-lived Middle Eastern restaurant where he once worked. But he pours his heart and soul into his music –– grand, effects-laden doom rock that can sound ambient and experimental or catchy and downright danceable. Although he also plays in the garage rock duo Jack Thunder & The Road Soda, Newberry’s main musical platform is The Fibs, the trio of him on guitar and vocals, Jennifer Rux on bass, and Robby Rux on drums.
The Ruxes, of course, are the husband and wife who own Dreamy Soundz, the Fairmount studio and record label that is responsible for The Fibs’ ominous, artful, brand-new debut album, Hex Hex Hex. The songs were recorded in one long session in December of 2012, when The Fibs’ original lineup included drummer Dylan Parks and bassist Westley Harwart. A lot can change in 13 months –– Parks and Harwart left to pursue other projects, and the Ruxes recorded and produced other bands before finally releasing Hex Hex Hex and officially joining the band in one stroke. To be clear, though: The majestically bleak and distorted guitar and the echoing, quasi-apocalyptic ramblings delivered in a cabaret MC’s sing-talking style are all Newberry’s creation.
“I wanted Hex Hex Hex to be sort of a concept album, at least in terms of the sound,” he said. “I wanted it to flow like night and day. Side A would be dark and doomy, and the second side would be happy and dancey.”