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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
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"New Music: Alexander"

Had the pleasure of stumbling across some new music from Newcastle way and to be honest it’s bloody lovely..

The northern boys bring somewhat of a late, american, marshmallowy 90’s indie-pop sound to the table. It’s fluffy, light and delicious. This lot are touring in October so if you like what you hear then go get your ticket on! Now go and grab some of those sun-drenched riffs and stuff your mouth with them because it’s tasting pretty good over here.. - Secret Scout


"New Music | Alexander – ‘Four A.M.’"

Take a listen to Alexander‘s latest piece ‘Four A.M.’.

This is what I love about all these pop-ish acts: cool dudes making great impression on me with their music. There’s something fascinating and at the same time beautifully naive here. - Queen Beetch


"I LIKE THAT | ALEXANDER – FOUR A.M"

Fresh new sounds from UK based four piece ALEXANDER

Its not everyday you come across a band that has the sound you can constantly hit the replay button

Fans of THE1975 and LAST DINOSAURS will enjoy every second and single from these lads - adamnoteve


"INTRODUCING: Alexander"

They've been crafting their sound for years by writing and touring here and there, music has no secrets to them anymore. The alternative pop four-piece from Newcastle keeps seducing people by releasing new tracks all better than the previous ones. Meet Alexander.

What makes a song pleasant to listen to? Lyrics? Chords? I think it's mainly about the vibe. If your song speaks good time, sun rays on your skin or anything else that feels good and real to your listeners' ears, then half the job is done. Which is why you will like Alexander. Despite the fact that the lead singer looks like a young Leonardo DiCaprio, they also tend to make good music. Influenced by 90s artists, the band creates a groovy kind of indie music, that is quite poppy and pretty warm. Take 'Drive', for instance. We've got a chilled rhythm, dreamy keyboards, and even what seems to be an accordion in addition to the catchiest chorus ever. I mean what else would you ask for? For some reason, their music sometimes reminds me of Metro Station, probably because of the electronic sounds added the rock composition of instruments, and maybe thanks to the micro's effect. More recently, Alexander dropped their latest gem, 'Four A.M'. Out on August 3rd, the song was released just in time to join your holiday playlist before the end of summer. But if you're not in the mood for some radio material Californian pop style, scroll down on their SoundCloud page and you'll find rocker stuff. Part of their first EP, 'Say Hello' and 'Find My Way Out' show that they can manage both registers and also help stating their sound evolution.

They will be touring the UK this autumn and playing at London's Barfly on October 7th. This is where you need to be! Listen to 'Four A.M' below. - The Indie Daydreamer


"Alexander – 4AM"

Many, many summer tunes right now. Of course, it’s that time of year so inevitably they’re going to be floating about, but don’t get me wrong I’m not complaining, I love it. They’re always so happy and feel good and the best ones always make the soundtrack.

Alexander’s 4AM is the epitome of a summer soundtrack song. It’s light, dreamy and reminiscent of that 90s Indie that came out of the states… expect these 4 are from Newcastle, some homegrown talent, thats what we like. The only let down is that it actually isn’t sunny outside, or that hot. It’s wet and gloomy. But, if you listen to 4AM and close your eyes you actually feel like you’re in the park with your mates soaking up the sun and having a good time. Alexander make imaginary summer. That’s serious talent. - Red Tele Music


"ALEXANDER – FOUR A.M"

These Newcastle boys might be young but Alexander is very much a band you should get to know!

Made up of Anth, Drew, James and Jamie, Four A.M follows a string of singles that haven’t yet see them put a foot wrong really and I feel that their not just a credit to the alternative music genre but a credit to new emerging music.

Four AM has an energetic/soft indie sound with an infectious hook and it is definitely a song where everything is continuously together and fits and where the chemistry between Anth, Drew, James and Jamie shines through.

The video might remind you of the opening credits of ‘Saved By The Bell’ which proves that above anything else this is a fun record!

Definitely a band I’m keen on seeing on their mini UK tour in October - Get It Out Music


"Introducing Alexander"

Fancy some new music this week? Of course you do. So let me introduce you to Alexander: an alternative pop band who combine some quite lovely vocals with laid back instruments to create music that’s easy on the ears and definitely leaves you wanting more.

The North-East four-piece were formed in 2012, releasing their debut LP a year later in 2013 and receiving regional and national coverage across the airwaves and television.

The band, compromised of Anth Snowdon, James Simpson, Drew Michael and Jamie Clark, have since embarked on various headline tours, selling out many of their shows along the way – and deservedly so.

Taking their influences from late 90s pop, they cite The Cardigans and The Corrs amongst others as their inspirations; with Alexander’s own music having a soft, but meaningful sound brimming with pop melodies.

Although releasing material prior to 2015, their latest single ‘Four AM,’ despite only being released on August 3, has been super successful, gaining them a whole host of new fans already.

And the band will be embarking on an autumn tour to showcase their talents further and hopefully add to their growing fanbase.

Alexander will be touring the UK in October on a six-date headline tour, taking them from Birmingham all the way to their hometown Newcastle. For tour dates and information on how to buy tickets, visit the band’s website www.alexanderofficial.com.

Or if you’d like to find out more about this exciting, relatively new four-piece, check out their social media pages and their Soundcloud… - My Student Style


"TRACK EXCLUSIVE: ALEXANDER – GEMINI"

Hailing from the North East, Alexander are a four piece band who err on the poppier side of indie. They’ve released their dbeut album, Say Hello, back in 2014 and have been on several headline tours, so they’re not exactly new to this game. They’ve been busy for most of 2014 working on new material for their second album and have given us an exclusive preview of their brand new single Gemini – a track full of pop hooks, a catchy chorus as well as a sweet sweet melody. - Popped Music


"PREMIERE: Alexander ‘Gemini’"

Check out the new single from North-East four-piece Alexander. The track is called ‘Gemini’ and you can hear it exclusively first on Gigslutz. Scroll down to listen to the track.

Alexander formed early 2012. With the success of the band’s debut LP ‘Say Hello’ in 2013 the band embarked on 4 headline tours with various sold out shows whilst 2014 was spent writing and producing their next LP to which they have taken influence from late 90s alternative pop pioneers such as The Cardigans, The Corrs and Jamiroquai. You can certainly hear some of these vibes in ‘Gemini’. The album is due for release this summer. Keep you eyes peeled to Gigslutz for the release date and further news from Gemini and in the meantime enjoy ‘Gemini’ - Gigslutz


"ALEXANDER PRESENTS ‘GEMINI’"

Newcastle Indie Pop four-piece Alexander – Anth Snowdon, James Simpson, Drew Michael, Jamie Clark – share their new single called ‘Gemini’ (out July 6th), a smoothly delivered alternative pop gem.

‘Gemini’ is the convincing follow up track to ‘Drive’, which was released earlier this year. Their new LP which is scheduled for release this summer. - Fame Magazine


"Newcastle’s ALXNDR embrace nostalgia with debut EP RWND"

ALXNDR deal in what they call “alternative pop”, a mixture of '90s bubblegum pop (minus the manufactured nature), indie and minimal synth pop that was at the forefront of the 2008 Myspace scene. Oh yes, beautiful nostalgia; their EP is full of it with the five tracks it bares to the world. Take “Drive”, for example, a silky number complete with harmonies and slick-to-the-bone lyrics (“I wish I could stay / but I’m too cool”). This is as easy listening as it gets and you definitely won’t find it a chore singing along.

Latest single “You and Me” adheres to the oh-so-wonderful pop structures we’ve come to love from Busted et al. Those bright production values ooze from the pores within the band and come from the fresh wound of wanting to create a "nostalgic musical soundtrack", as vocalist/guitarist Anth Snowdon explains.

“RWND feels like a huge turning point for us…with this EP there’s really been no boundaries musically, we’ve just been excited to dive into influences that have affected us as musicians throughout our lives.

"We take a lot of influence from '90s pop and R&B pioneers. This has created a nostalgic musical soundtrack, hence the title".

RWND is out today, Wednesday 18 November. Listen below. - The Line of Best Fit


"EP REVIEW: ALXNDR ‘RWND’"

2014 and 2015 saw the explosion of indie. What was once known as a way to let fans know an artist wasn’t signed, has now become a full-fledged genre of its own. Indie rock has made a huge comeback from the early 2000s, we created indie electronica, a genre that currently contains most of the powerful female artists, and, indie pop made its mark. Newcastle band, ALXNDR fall into this genre (or the one which they call “alternative pop”). It’s what happens when you strip away the over production of a 90s boy band, take out the unison dancing and add a bit of the laid back vibe The 1975 have taken over. With simple enough upbeat lyrics and a contagious melody, the tracks on RWND are exactly what we need right now.

The EP begins with the track, aptly titled “Drive,” aptly titled because driving is exactly what I imagine when listening to it. It’s a song for those car rides in the dark. It’s just loud enough to keep you awake and with lyrics like “tell me it’s alright, but baby I’ll be driving day and night,” you’ll just have to sing along. Normally I’m a huge fan of complex stories and intricate lyrics, but it’s a new year and some chill out music feels kind of perfect right now.

One of my favorite things about RWND is its acoustic quality. Though “YOU&ME” has a bit of an electronica vibe and “Four A.M.” certainly has the beat perfect for clapping, everything is relatively subdued. These days most musicians go by the philosophy that louder equals better and that’s not always the case. ALXNDR proves that a softer tone does not always mean a dull vibe.

I’ll be really interested to see how these songs are performed live, but given that they are a UK band, in the meantime, I’ll settle for listening to RWND on repeat. - That's Why We Musyc


"Review: ALXNDR – RWND"

If my phone could comment on the music that goes through my ears everyday it would think that I am a ridiculous human being. It is no wonder that with my headphones in my ears at all times that my emotional state is erratic at best. But then if I was any other way then life wouldn’t be exciting now would it. I keep attempting (and threatening) to write a bad review, and I thought that this would be my chance, fortunately that is not the case and I blame the 180-degree change in the tone of tracks on my playlist for the hesitation.

Drive took me by surprise, exploding into my mind hole in a rush of guitars, drums and harmonised vocals. I was picked up and ruthlessly kicked out of the mellow acoustic afternoon I was having and immediately forced to take notice. This was the first track on the five track EP from ALXNDR (RWND – released 18th November 2015).

The indie pop act take over your life with a relentlessly optimistic first EP release, providing their many thousands of online followers, with a triumphant collection of the groups best recordings. Looking through their twitter feed shows a large number of fans and supporters eager to get their hands on RWND, and rightly so. The description of this act is frequently ‘a 90’s infused alternate pop band’. If pop music sounded this good in the 90s I would have a more positive view of the genre than I do now. As it stands I think I am the only person I know that doesn’t look back on the decade with a starry eyed reverie. Perhaps if pop acts then had been able to write/play/sing like these guys we wouldn’t have had the musical black hole that so many of us unfortunate to be old enough to remember the 90s had to suffer through.

The songs are catchy and deserve, if not demand, more than one listen. At the time of writing I am on my third listen through, with ‘The Pick Up’ being my favourite track on the EP. Newly released single ‘You&Me’ is a close second. - Outlet Mag


"ALXNDR / RWND (EP review)"

ALXNDR, a three piece alt rock band from Newcastle have debuted their EP RNWD a small however promising collection of what ALXNDR love to create, 90s infused, summery, indie-pop. Some may argue that the band have a similar sound to The 1975's earlier stuff.

The band are already some-what of a success, bagging a BBC introducing live session and a huge social media fanbase, not to mention their previous tour which included several sold out shows.

The first song their release RWND is Drive a fantastic, laid-back approach on classic indie songs, the simplicity of the track enables us to listen further and perhaps subconsciously analyse lyrics that give us a greater understanding of the track's lyrical themes of escapism.

Second, is The Pick Up, which again is relaxed however still amazing, it is clear that ALXNDR's sound is meant for those summer nights. Other tracks off the debut include 'Gemini' a gentle love song, Four A.M a fresh burst of indie fun, which include hooks and riffs that compliment the general mood of the song perfectly, and You and Me which has a slight hint of psychedelia in breaks throughout; I feel this works well contrasted against the indie pop impression the band have prevailed in notoriously.

ALXNDR are overall brilliant, the EP is rich with what fans of the genre the band play love, fun, excitement and tainted love.

The band will be back celebrating their successes with a headline tour in the new year.
Be sure to catch a show!

7.8/10 - Vapour Trail Blog


"FRESH! > ALXNDR | RWND EP"

Newcastle’s favourite 90’s infused Alternative Pop band ALXNDR are ending a fantastic year with their Debut EP release, a tweak in their name and line up. The now three-piece are delighted to announce their Debut EP ‘RWND’.

Anth Snowdon (Vocals/Guitarist) says:

“‘RWND’ feels like a huge turning point for us. Releasing our first real collection of tracks feels great and we can’t wait to get some feedback from everyone that gives us a spin. We’re in such a great place right now musically and as a team, with some amazing support around us which gives this release perfect timing in our eyes”.

2015 has been a great year for the trio so far with a huge amount of online support catapulting them into being regulars in the Hype Machine Chart. With ALXNDR’S latest video for ‘Four A.M’ hitting 25k views in less than 24 hours the rising, emerging band are growing at a fast pace with just under 14k Twitter followers and 6k on Instagram.

The BBC Introducing favourites have received consistent airplay and performed a BBC Introducing live session. Support over seas is growing with KCRW regularly offering airplay in the U.S. With ALXNDR’s most recent headline tour featuring sold out shows the band will be back on the road in early 2016 with their biggest headline tour to date. - Scripted Laces


"“RWND” by ALXNDR: An EP Review"

oday we have another interesting review featuring a group centered around
their debut EP! Last month, ALXNDR released RWND, a five song EP with an enchanting sound. We are delighted to featurre it here on Music Unlabeled, and I can’t wait to share this EP with you all.

The EP starts out with a melodic song that seems to float along the air with ease. It’s a beautiful start, and easily captures the attention. It’s a great hook for the rest of the album, which has a slightly nostalgic and romantic feel to it. It’s a beautiful arrangement, and blends a variety of sounds and effects together in a way that is incredibly effective at being evocative. It switches between a variety of paces and energies while staying in the same nostalgic, emotive range. Each track has it’s own personality and blend, and the entire EP seems to blend together in perfect harmony.

All in all? It’s a gorgeous album that I heartily enjoyed. I definitely think you should look up this band I you haven’t yet, because they’re definitely worth the time. I for one can not wait for them to release more music because I am heavily invested in where things are going to go from here. - Music Unlabeled


"ALXNDR RELEASE THE DEBUT “RWND” EP"

Not long since I caught up with the band ALXNDR while they were touring across the UK. When stopping at the Barfly in Camden we had a nice chat about the nostalgic era of the 90s, the music plans, the future aspirations and even about the food.

Despite the change in the line up and the name of the group this now three-piece has been very busy. Only a month later and they managed to surprise me. Starting last week, ALXNDR have released the new song YOU&ME and the debut RWND EP so far. Not wasting time, are you?

The North East band delivers alternative pop blended in the dreamy melodies at its best form. Add a little bit of modern ingredient and those mentioned earlier the 90s vibes and you get quite extraordinary mix of sounds which is better far far away from any labelling, if you ask me. I remember when lead singer Anth Snowdon said during our conversation:

Now we just have peace with doing what we do because we enjoy doing it. We’re not trying to fit any scene, not trying to follow what anyone else is doing. We write what we want to write and don’t worry about what people think. We are quite content now.

And now he adds:

“RWND” feels like a huge turning point for us. Releasing our first real collection of tracks feels great and we can’t wait to get some feedback from everyone that gives us a spin. We’re in such a great place right now musically and as a team, with some amazing support around us which gives this release perfect timing in our eyes. With this EP there’s really been no boundaries musically, we’ve just been excited to dive into influences that have affected us as musicians throughout our lives which has created a nostalgic musical soundtrack, hence the title Rewind. We take a lot of influence from 90’s Pop and R&B pioneers.

RWND was released on Nov 18 and you can stream it below. - Gig Goer


"Interview: ALXNDR"

It’s all go for ALXNDR at the moment. They’ve just announced a huge UK tour so I had a quick catch up with Anth, James and Drew from the band to see what’s going on!

Hi guys! How are we all?

Anth: We’re wicked thanks Tom! How are you doing mate?

Very well thanks! It’s been all change since we last spoke! What’s new?

A: Loads! We’ve jigged our name slightly, we found ourselves using ALXNDR more as a logo etc so we’re rolling with that now. We love vowels though, just decided to leave them out for a bit. Also if people haven’t noticed yet we’re a 3-piece now. Our brother Jamie loved every minute of being in the band but unfortunately this next step of commitment is something he wasn’t ready to do.

James: We totally understand that though, nothing but love here! You sometimes get to a certain stage as a band where you think ‘shit man this is about to get heavy’ and Jamie didn’t feel ready for that.

A: Yeah it’s bitter sweet really. We’ve lost a brother but we’ve gained good news left right and centre! Onwards and upwards from here, we feel stronger than we’ve ever been right now.

You released the Rwnd EP last month, were you pleased with the reception it got?

A: Yeah it was so nuts! We charted in iTunes and everything. We had some pretty mental calls from people we look up to complementing our work which blew me away for sure. We’ll always love that EP for the response it got alone.

Drew: Oh yeah it was on another level! We didn’t expect that at all. Thanks so much to everyone that picked up a copy!

J: Unbelievable! For our debut EP, so humbling that we have so many cool listeners out there.

Has it been a challenge adapting songs written as a four-piece to work as a three-piece?

A: With the songs written as a four piece we’re still going to make sure we capture what we recorded in our live show, we definitely think that’s important. With our new stuff, we’re looking forward to showcasing what we can do as a 3-piece. Really excited to show you our new tracks live as well as the RWND EP. We feel so comfortable in our song writing right now, we’re experimenting with so many different sounds, it’s dope.

J: Our new EP is out in April by the way! Well excited for that.

You’re going on tour in April! What can we expect?

A: An absolutely badass show!

D: We’ll bring the grooves, you bring the beers.

What else is on the agenda for 2016?

A: New music, new tours, new love. SO MUCH.

J: Next year is looking to be mint for us, really diggin our plans so far.

D: More TicketWeb interviews with you, Tom mate. Are we seeing you at London in April?? Xx

Yes you will. Tickets for ALXNDR’s upcoming tour can be found at www.ticketweb.co.uk/alxndr - Ticketweb


"New Music: ALXNDR – You&Me"

This week saw the release of ALXNDR’s new track, ‘You&Me,’ the new single taken from their debut EP ‘RWND,’ which is out next week.

The alternative band, hailing from Newcastle, have so far released catchy 90’s infused pop with a nostalgic feel, and ‘You&Me’ is no different.

With a stripped back feel, the song begins with light guitar and soft vocals, which build throughout. Although overall a pretty relaxed track, at just over two minutes in we’re treated to a stunning instrumental, knocking the tempo of the track up a notch and adding another string to the impressive bow of ALXNDR.

Overall the single creates a really chilled vibe, and is the sort of song which sounds just as good live as it does on record and a track which will see the popularity of the band grow even more.

The release of the single, and the imminent debut EP, marks a new direction for ALXNDR, who have changed the stylisation of their name and tweaked their line up to become a three piece.

But thankfully their highly impressive sound has remained the same, and their journey looks to be continuing on the same successful path they have been on recently, having sold out many venues on their headline tour earlier this year. Stay tuned for their EP – I can guarantee it won’t disappoint – and be on the look out for ALXNDR touring in 2016; you won’t want to miss out on this. - My Student Style


"Playlist: What ALXNDR Are Listening To"

ALXNDR consists of Anth (vocalist/guitarist), James (bass) and Drew (drummer). The Newcastle trio play 'alternative pop' which features both the chilled-out nature of alternative-indie music and fun pop.

Recent singles Four A.M. and Drive have pushed the band, who have only been publishing music seriously for the past 10 to 12 months, to the forefront of the indie and pop landscape. Amd everyone is extremely exciting about their arrival.

Their new EP RWND is out now.

To celebrate the release, and the band in general, we invited lead-singer Anth on-air. Before which he gave us the lowdown as to what he and his band mates are listening to right now.

King Kunta - Kendrick Lamar
“We're absolutely in love with Kendrick's record. The production ideas on it are beyond creative!”

Twentyfourseven (feat. Melanie Blatt) - Artful Dodger
“Another one that's on the list because of it's incredible production. The song contains so many nostalgic vibes as he's worked with the likes of Craig David and many more 00's RnB artists!”

Return Of The Mack - Mark Morrison
“It's just an absolute classic. We ritually play this song when cruising the North East.”


Lion's Heart - Eliza And The Bear
“They're a really cool band releasing great tracks! We're really looking forward to their debut next year.”


Black Magic - Little Mix
“Our Geordie gals are tearing it up with the new sounds they are coming out with. Big respect for them!” - wizardradio


"TRACK OF THE WEEK: YOU & ME // ALXNDR"

From headlining many UK tours to revealing their debut ‘RWND’ EP; this 3 piece have had one hell of a year. Helping us prepare for the release is You & Me, an outfit of guitars, drums and luscious lyrics.

Swimming in simple synths, You & Me soon evolves into a tale of love and loss. It’s the kind of song that could very easily soundtrack a montage – equally, it could just be on repeat throughout your day (montage or not). Gradually building in size, it’s not long until we’re twisted in a chorus of crashing cymbals, thundering electric guitars and elusive harmonies.

With their EP coming out later this week, you can feed the excitement with this joyous track. - Vinyl Noise


"ALXNDR – You&Me | New Music"

With their debut EP RWND coming out on November 18, Newcastle 3-piece indie rock lads ALXNDR give us a sneak peak as to what’s to come with their new single “You&Me”. This tune brings out a more chilled vibe from this band from the start, with stripped back vocals that gradually build throughout the track. The song unexpectedly breaks out with an exiting instrumental, showing off what these boys can really do.

This upcoming EP marks an exciting new path for ALXNDR after alterations to the line-up and an image transformation. But with the same, much-loved nostalgic 90s pop sounds infused with their own indie hooks, this band is sure to keep with their ever-growing following. - Conversations About Her


Discography

December 2015 - RWND (EP)
October 2015 - You & Me (Single)
August 2015 - Four A.M (Single)
July 2015 - Gemini (Single)

June 2015 - The Pick Up (Single
Jan 2015 - Drive (Single)

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Bio

2015 has been a great year for the North East's favourite 90’s infused Alternative Pop band ‘ALXNDR’. The trio have received a huge amount of online support catapulting them into being regulars in the Hype Machine Chart. With ALXNDR’S latest video for ‘Four A.M’ hitting 25k views in less than 24 hours the rising, emerging band are growing at a fast pace with just under 15k Twitter followers and 6k on Instagram.

The BBC Introducing favourites have received consistent airplay and performed a BBC Introducing live session. Support over seas is growing with KCRW regularly offering airplay in the U.S. With ALXNDR’s most recent headline tour featuring sold out shows the band will be back on the road in April 2016 with their biggest headline tour to date in association with Academy Music Group.