I first heard (Sandy) Alex G when I saw him play at a guitar shop in San Jose. He opened for Elvis Depressedly and my friend’s band, Leer. Compared to the mix of shoegaze and screamo, Alex G had a muted sound that made itself memorable with its nostalgia for Elliott Smith melancholia and fuzzy 90s alternative riffs.
Three years later and now I’m seeing Alex G open up The Warfield for Brand New, one of the most prolific bands of emo. He started the night with “Judge,” an appropriately heavyhearted track off his latest release Rocket.
“That day meant nothing to me / A hiccup in my memory”
Much of his set featured songs from the 2017 full-length, which dons a fuller sound and takes a scenic route through primarily rustic themes. But he covered all parts of his catalog, playing “Bug,” “Kicker,” “Serpent is Lord,” and crowd favorite “Mary.”
To close his set, Alex took to the keyboard and played bluesy tracks “County,” and “Guilty.”
(Sandy) Alex G will be touring with Fleet Foxes, and then Hovvdy, this fall. For more information, you can follow him on Facebook.
Words and photos by Rianna Chloe Catajan.