It is now time to meet the one and only Alexander – an indie band from the UK whose tunes will send your spirit soaring into the stratosphere. Their debut release is Say Hello, eight songs of pure pop perfection now available from the folks at I Am Mighty Records. Fans of Jimmy Eat World and Brand New are destined to encounter a brand new favorite when discovering the sublime lyrics and gorgeous melodies Alexander has in store for them. Here is a recent interview we conducted with one of the members to find out more about this dynamic band on the rise. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Alexander, and how long the band has been together.
I’m Drew and I play drums in Alexander. We’ve been a band for just over a year.
Where is the band based out of and what is the music scene like there?
We are based in Newcastle, England, we have wide range different genres in our music community, from swing bands to electronic folk hip hop.. You never know what comes next, it’s quite a flourishing scene in here.
Where you or the other members involved with other bands prior to Alexander? If so, who were they and what were the genres?
We all played in other bands before coming together as we’ve know each other for a while through the local music scene. We’ve played in all kinds of bands before, from acoustic, to pop rock, to grunge!
Who produced Say Hello and what was it like working with them?
We worked with a collection of amazing and inspiring people on Say Hello. Recording drums in Devon at Middle Farm Studios was one of the highlights of the production of the record for me.
Select two songs from Say Hello and what inspired the lyrics?
‘You Lost Yourself’ was inspired by confusion within a situation, it’s about being kept in the dark but holding on for an answer that you may never get, like waiting in limbo. This song represents everything falling apart around you and negative thoughts taking over your outlook on life. The video we shot for this song is a performance video that focuses on what’s happening around us.
‘Say Hello’ was inspired by getting away from a collection of problems, it’s about putting aside worries and anxieties. It’s about living in the moment and having a week of feeling better. As a band we try and be optimistic about problems so this song represents that every cloud has a silver lining.
What made you decide to name your band Alexander as opposed to any other person’s name?
The name Alexander doesn’t just represent us as a band, it is a fictional character we all created together to throw our inspiration, hardship and visions into. The songs we write are based around his fictional life.
What could one expect from a live Alexander show?
We put a lot of energy and passion into our live shows, we really think about the visuals and dynamics within our performances. With us being as close friends as we are, we have the most fun on stage and the road.
Any chance of Alexander coming over to the States for a show or tour?
Definitely! It’s something we have to do. A lot of our early favorite bands came from the states, So personally it would be amazing to play over the water.
Who designed the cover art for Say Hello and who is the person who is all over the cover?
Our talented friend Casey Roarty, he does a lot of incredible stuff for us. The fine young gentleman on the cover art for Say Hello is James’ (bassist) Grandfather, the photo was taken in 1955.
The Queen of England invites Alexander to play a song at a Royal Command Performance. What song would you play for Her Majesty and why?
We’d want it to be optimistic and feel good, the song would have to be Say Hello, because we all need a little week of feeling better.
If you could open for any band or artist either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Michael Jackson, I think everyone who grew up in the 90’s would say the same. I used to own a VHS of his music videos and imitate his dance moves in my living room.
Would you ever want to do an all acoustic show or tour and do you enjoy playing acoustically?
We enjoy playing our songs acoustically, whether it’s stripping the whole song down or arranging the song slightly differently to suit that acoustic feel. We’re playing two sold out acoustic shows in July supporting Orla Gartland. This will be the first of many.
Any final words of wisdom?
Thanks for the questions, I hope you’ve enjoyed the answers! A final word of wisdom would be to keep an eye out for our next single release and keep on spreading the love of Alexander. Much love from England.
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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