Alexander & The Grapes (Album Release!) W/ Emperor X, Jackson Davis/The Jackettes ~ Fri. 4/01 At Crowbar

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Alexander & The Grapes (Album Release!) W/ Emperor X, Jackson Davis/The Jackettes ~ Fri. 4/01 At Crowbar says
New Granada Records & Viva La Records proudly present...

Alexander and The Grapes (St. Pete, FL) give us the release of their long-awaited 2nd full length 'Hyper Self'. The official street date for the new album is May 6th, but the band just couldn't contain themselves and wanted to locally celebrate a month early and will be selling the new CD (via New Granada) and the LP (via Viva La) the night of the show!*

Special guests Emperor X and Jackson Davis and the Jackettes!

$10.00; 8:00 door; 18+

*You will not be able to buy the new CD/LP between 4/02 and 5/06. Night of show purchase only, until street date of 5/06.

While taking some time from touring and promoting the
band's first album Hemispheres (2012), Florida's Alexander
& the Grapes began collecting as much recording equipment
as they could find. Those twelve months ultimately resulted
in their own home studio, affectionately called Yoko Phono.

Friend, engineer and producer Jeremy Mendicino (of Boston's
Pretty & Nice) was flown down to Florida to help the band
record 2016's Hyper Self out of the fifty plus songs that
had been written. Almost gone, but certainly not forgotten,
is the band's original playing field of insurgent country
and Americana. In its place, the Grapes explore new
territory and influences, particularly 1990s indie and
garage rock with a fair share of sonic psychedelic
soundscapes. While on tour, the band had listened to every
genre of 90s music from Pavement to Pac, elements of which
impacted the album’s sound.

Singer and chief-songwriter Alexander says “the songs are
trimmed down and the arrangements are more focused. I
wanted to make the songs themselves more streamlined, but
for the record as a whole to go all over the place and
really feel like a journey weaving from bad trip to
nirvana. We didn’t set out to make anything specific, but
we walked away with a psyched-out party record that’s
terribly introspective, blissfully paranoid, and
pessimistically hopeful.”

Conceptually, the record tackles the existential notion of
the self, as well as the control, or potential lack
thereof, that we have in the spaces we inhabit. Deeply
complex and profoundly simple logics complement each other
throughout the record, both lyrically and sonically. It is
an intimate exploration of what it is to be human,
fallible, genuine, and alive.

“In many ways we feel like this is our first record.
Everything we’ve put out to this point feels like looking
for your keys in the dark. Hyper Self is the first time
we’ve actually known where we wanted to take this band
musically. When you feel free, musically and mentally, the
songs come with ease. Like you can hear the whole song
before you write it.”

RIYL: Guided By Voices, Wilco, Surfer Blood, Sebadoh, Pavement
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By: Crowbar

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