Alex Rex - RESCHEDULED
Monday 18th October 2021
Elle Osborne + Victor Herrero
At The Greys
Doors 7:30 pm
Price £12+ booking fee/£14
Melting Vinyl and terrace cred. are excited to announce this new date for our show with the spellbinding Alex Rex.
Tickets already purchased will remain valid for the rescheduled date and all other event details remain the same.
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“It will become possible to define Alex Neilson’s place amongst the very best song writers of this century” Folk Radio
‘Even in its extremities, Neilson’s wild talents unfurling, aching with life” Mojo
Melting Vinyl presents:
+ Elle Osborne + Victor Herrero
Melting Vinyl have the privilege to welcome Alex Rex back to the South Coast and the perfect intimate setting of The Greys in Brighton
Singing drummers may now be in vogue, but very few combine the masterful musicianship, vivid lyrics and expressive vocals one experiences with Alex Rex. In fact, few musicians have a CV as impressive as band leader Alex Neilson. He’s drummed with some of the most eclectic musicians of the international underground; from Bonnie “Prince” Billy to Shirley Collins, Jandek and Current 93. All on top of a 10-year stint with his own critically acclaimed psych-folk outfit, Trembling Bells.
Paradise is his fourth album as Alex Rex. Whilst the first three were shrouded in loss and loathing, Paradise is a different beast. In many ways Paradise marks a fresh start for the Glasgow-based polymath. Reunited with ex-Trembling Bells vocalist Lavinia Blackwall for the first time since the band’s demise – Marco Rea (Euros Childs) and regular collaborator Rory Haye make up the rest of the Paradise party, with guest vocalist Kacy Lee Anderson (Kacy & Clayton) blowing a seductive smoke-ring through one track. Paradise introduces us to a new and uncharacteristically playful side of Alex Rex. Paradise is due to be released on July 30th via Neolithic Recordings.
“Full of grief, romantic anguish, but twinkly as well” Uncut “Gothic pop noir reminiscent of Nick Cave” – Q Magazine
“Even in its extremities Andromeda is beautiful, Neilson’s wild talents unfurling, aching with life” – Mojo
“It freewheels wantonly and earnestly from noise chug to trad country to towering goth ballad” – Record Collector
Elle Osborne was born on the North Sea coast of Lincolnshire where
she taught herself to play the fiddle (and ride Gypsy horses on the beach ~
although that’s another story). She was raised amongst folk singers and wrote
songs from an early age.
Elle’s debut cd, Testimony, featured in the fRoots magazine Best of Year
Critics’ Poll, and was reviewed as “…One of the most compelling performances of
Her 2011 release So Slowly, Slowly Got She Up was Album of the Week
in The Independent, and gained Elle a nomination for Singer of the Year from
Her 2015 release, It’s Not Your Gold Shall Me Entice, was Elle’s first
album of self-written songs, of which Folk Radio UK said, “With songwriting like
this, it is hard to believe that it has taken Osborne so long to begin committing her
own material to tape. We can only hope she doesn’t stop there”.
If You See a Rook on its Own, it’s a Crow is Elle’s fourth album, and sees
her joined by long-time kindred collaborators Alasdair Roberts and Alex Neilson
(Trembling Bells, Bonnie Prince Billy). The album also features Eddie Myer (Turin
Brakes) and Stephen Hiscock (Mark Eitzel band), and is mixed by Joe Watson
(Stereolab), bringing an electrifying new dimension to her unique sound.
“Osborne has the lyrical and melodic gifts to achieve crossover success, but
it’s these more experimental numbers which really prove her mettle” Wire Magazine
“Raw and compelling, passionate and engaging” Time Out
The dexterous guitar magician Victor Herrero gives true meaning to the proverbial figure of the troubadour. By means of his voice and instrument only, he is capable of remarkable transmissions. Spanish guitar and singing: That’s what shapes Hermana; a simultaneously uncanny, courageous and comforting album for our young century.
Hermana pays homage to all the sisters who stand by our side, who care for us and from whom we learn from. The record takes place among still lifes, ploughed lands, crepuscular bygones and dim light confessions. Victor’s voice – truly tempered after many years on the road – spills a healing magma; describing settings in an exquisite use of the Spanish language.
Hermana dissolves the differences between the diverse musical traditions it draws from – be it medieval, Andean, Andalusian, Mexican… Sources flow into a single bed thanks to the heated, swirling pulse of Victor’s guitar: a galleon of loose ropes in which the most crystalline strum transmutes into dance and wooden tones are always welcomed.
With shades of Leonard Cohen Víctor Jara and Fred Neil it is a gift to
receive the songbook so essential and discreetly articulated as this. It implies a declaration
of intentions, and even more importantly, a contribution. Perhaps no one expects in 2020 a record such as Hermana, but we all need it.