Songs of love, loss and loathing… ALEX REX is the nom de guerre of Alex Neilson – drummer to some of the most innovative musicians on the international underground, including Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Shirley Collins, Jandek and Current 93. Alex has synthesised the agonised self-invention and charismatic death-drive of these artists into his solo vehicle – abandoning the folk-rock pomp of his previous band Trembling Bells for something darker and wilder.
ANDROMEDA is a game of emotional snakes and ladders. It’s the product of two years spent in therapy, the gym and on Tinder. It opens with the voice of folk legend Shirley Collins in ”Song of Self Doubt” – a sparse assemblage of spoken words layered on bright chimes and birdsong. And from there we wander down corridors of cruelty, recklessness and recrimination.
Plus – YAKKA DOON the solo project of guitarist and songwriter Claire Welford, inspired by the traditional and not-so-traditional folk songs, and the howling winds, trickling streams and hardy people of the North East.
Plus – NEV CLAY. Tyneside Troubadour. The Bard of Longbenton, etc etc. You will come early so you don’t miss him.