Monday, 4 January 2016

Feature: ALXNDR (04/01/16)

Newcastle's favourite 90's infused alternative pop band, ALXNDR, ended 2015 with their debut EP release, a tweak in their name and line up. The North-East (UK) three-piece have embarked on multiple headline tours featuring sold out shows, and have just announced they'll be back on the road in April 2016 for their biggest headline tour to date! ALXNDR have received a large amount of regional radio support and national TV exposure, as well as continuous support from BBC Introducing, including a live session. We caught up with Anth Snowdon (vocalist) for a Q&A about all things music... 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
We met each other at college a few years back and have been tight friends ever since! We created and performed music together for a while until we decided to form ALXNDR and give it a real shot, but it's been a blast ever since! 

2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you've ever seen? 
I was really impressed with the Florence and The Machine show this year, she had an incredible live presence. 

3. Who have you been listening to lately?
The new Kendrick Lamar album is phenomenal, can't stop spinning that. 

3 Qs for ALXNDR:

1. Your band and EP name exclude vowels, what have you got against them haha?
It all started with the abbreviation for our name to be honest. We liked the idea of personifying the band name as one person to represent the three of us. We liked 'Alexander' as a strong name, after messing around with logo ideas we came to an agreement on the abbreviation. We thought it would be a little more unique and people wouldn't have such a hard time finding us online! 
Following suit with the first EP we settled on RWND, Rewind, there are so many reasons for the title. One being that we've released all tracks consecutively through the year. All of the other reasons are embedded in the nostalgic elements within our music on the EP, so it seemed fitting. 

2. If you could invite any three people, dead or alive, to one of your gigs; who would you ask and why?
Tupac and Biggie so I can ask them what the fuck happened! 

3. When writing your single 'You&Me', was it a collaborative effort or did you have specific roles within the band?
All of our writing is always a collaborative effort between the three of us, it always has been. We work so well together as a group and we just click when songwriting. We produce all of our tracks currently which makes writing even more fun for us. 

Random Q:

Ideal Friday night?
Play a show for sure. 

'RWND' EP Review:
This EP is a fantastically unique but typically alternative pop five track EP. For people who like The 1975, Saint Raymond and Wolf Choir, with elements of their sounds reminiscent in ALXNDR's tracks, especially the upbeat track of the release 'Four AM' (which is also one of my favourites from 'RWND'). 'Drive' opens the EP with a steady intro, catchy lyrics, with synths and layered vocals creating a brilliant track. The building of layers in 'The Pick Up' shows the skill the band have has musicians and holds an infectious element of 'the 90's'. 'Gemini' has a great chorus that would be perfect to sing along to live at one of their gigs, and the EP closes with their latest single 'YOU&ME'. It's has an atmospheric soundscape underlying the track throughout, which adds a wonderfully unique twist on the current usual alternative genre. 

See ALXNDR Live:
13th April: The Garage, London
14th April: O2  Academy 3, Birmingham
15th April: O2 Academy 2, Leicester
16th April: O2 Academy 2, Oxford
19th April: O2 Academy 3, Liverpool
20th April: O2 ABC2, Glasgow 
21st April: O2 Academy 2, Sheffield
22nd April: O2 Academy 2, Newcastle

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