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Alex Rex (Alex Neilson of Trembling Bells) shares new single from forthcoming album ‘Andromeda’ out 7th February

January 14, 2020

Alex Rex
shares video for “Pass The Mask”
from forthcoming album, Andromeda
out 7th February 2020

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.

Now he shares his new single “Pass The Mask” from his fothcoming album Andromeda out 7th February on Tin Angel Records. “This is a song about the anxiety of child bearing from someone who’s never bore a child. It’s about the relay baton of disappointment handed through the generations” says Alex. “It’s Philip Larkin’s head on Cat Steven’s body. It was originally written for Tom Chick’s short film ‘Monument’.”

Absence becomes a new form of presence in this collection of 12 songs that dip and soar, melodies that haunt and soothe. Guest appearances from ShirleyCollins and Steve Jackson enhance an album rich in contributions from musical collaborators including Rory Haye, Audrey Bizouerne (Rev Magnetic / Bill Wells) and Georgia Seddon (Mike Heron / The Incredible String Band).

Andromeda covers a vast terrain, musically, lyrically, emotionally.  With each solo release Neilson reveals a little more of himself. His voice has never sounded so brutally honest, so desperate, defiant and courageous.

Pre-order Andromedahere.

Check out the Alex Rex spotify playlist here

Catch Alex Rex on tour:

1st February – Glasgow- Platform- Celtic Connections
7th February – Manchester- The Peer Hat
8th February –  Coventry- The Tin*
9th February – Whitstable- St Mary’s Hall*
10th February –  London- The Victoria*

*supporting Kacy & Clayton

8th April –  Newcastle- Cumberland Arms
9th April – Bishops Castle- SpArC Theatre
10th April –  Birmingham- Club Integral Midlands
11th April –  Hereford- The Babar Cafe
12th Apri –  Bristol- The Exchange
13th April –  Bath- The Bell
14th April – Lewes- Westgate Chapel
15th April – London- New River Studios
16th April –  Leicester- The Musician 
17th April –  Glasgow- Glad Cafe
18th April – Fife- Futtle
19th April – Edinburgh- Sneaky Pete’s

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