The Hextalls have spent 17 years together making lighthearted punk music. (Marc Gaertner)
They may have started as a band that wanted to simply joke around and play songs together, but 17 years later The Hextalls are nearing the release of their latest album, Play With Heart. Nowhere else will you hear a tune about a Flyers fan losing his girlfriend to a Rangers fan at Madison Square Garden."Ranger danger! Have another beer! Never trust a girl in a Richter jersey!" croons Devin Hextall, front man of the pop punk band The Hextalls on "I Don't Wanna be a New York Ranger." It's a catchy, funny song about a Flyers fan who goes to a game at Madison Square Garden, gets lost in the lobby while buying beer, then finds his date making out with a Rangers fan. Hockey, beer and relationship angst are just some of the irreverent topics that have been a staple of The Hextalls' songs for the past 17 years. Their newest album, Play With Heart, will be released Feb.14 and is available on Amazon, iTunes and their website, TheHextalls.com. The album includes a song about Sergei Bobrovsky called "Who's the #1 Cop?" "We started our band as a joke," Hextall explains. " We all have a sense of humor. There were a lot of bands in our hometown [Kamloops] that took themselves very seriously. We wanted to see if we could do this for fun and maybe be better than the serious bands." The Hextalls' current lineup is drummer Nicole "Nikki" Stixx, bassist Jimmy "The Con," guitarist Jeremy "JJ" Justice and guitarist/vocalist Devin Hextall. And no -- he is not related to former Flyers' goalie Ron Hextall, but he is such a fan of the temperamental netminder that he all but legally adopted the surname.