Imagine Leonardo DiCaprio circa 1999 with that floppy middle-parted sand-blonde hair, and you’re halfway to imagining new alternative pop band Alexander. Originally from the North East, Liverpool is the third stop on their UK-wide February tour to promote new music coming from their as yet unnamed second EP.
Prior to the gig, I interviewed the boys and they said this was their first experience of Liverpool, so I told them how lucky they were that it was down at the East Village Arts Club (no doubt my favourite music venue – and of course it did not disappoint). Support for this gig came from ex-Liverpool student and current Costa barista Sally Pepper, clad in a Liverpool Ladies football shirt with a voice to boot. Being a big Taylor Swift fan, her style mixed between love songs and satirical songs about growing up – in particular her newest single ‘Nothing’.
After her bubbly and light set, it was onto the main act. Alexander told me their influences are drawn from late nineties pop rock such as The Cardigans (*insert another Leo DiCaprio reference*) and The Corrs, and this was reflected in songs like ‘Gemini’ and ‘Four AM’. These songs had the crowd bopping along with the strum of their guitars and the flop of their hair. My highlight of the evening was the performance of their newest single ‘Drive’, reminiscent of bands like The 1975 and Merchandise.
Ever grateful to their audience, Alexander delivered a relatively short but memorable set and my own +1 was just as impressed. They told me their newest single will be chosen in the coming months following the tour, but for now make sure to listen to the Say Hello EP and single ‘Drive’.