TB: (Sandy) Alex G at Scala, London
24 October 2017: This could be the review of (Sandy) Alex G gig at a party somewhere in Hackney but it’s actually the review of his sold-out gig at Scala. Not bad, right? It’s quite rare to have all my friends together in one single place (or even country) but when this happens we better not waste the opportunity to do something special. So after 12 intense days as a London resident (but still homeless and jobless), we decided to go to Scala and watch (Sandy) Alex G presenting Rocket to his sold-out crowd. Alex G is one of those artists I had never really paid attention to, even though I knew countless stories about him. The reason remains unknown but the important thing here is: I - finally - took care of it. His past two years were insane, from working and playing with Frank Ocean to recording and releasing his eighth album Rocket. But nothing seems to make him really change in any way, especially the way he writes and produces his music. It’s incredibly fascinating to see how a “bedroom musician” behaves on stage. His “office” doesn’t involve anyone else other than him and his laptop. On stage, it’s a whole different story that can easily intimidate the artist. The setlist included his best tracks from Rocket such as (my favourite) “Brick”, which is the perfect example of what you can expect from live performances. The greatest thing about the album is that none of the songs are similar. Alex got to experiment different features in each song and it all worked weirdly well. “Proud” is obviously another great highlight, which Spotify specifically loves to include in those random radios, every time the album I was listening to finishes. I’m not complaining though. After the biggest hits and singing Brite Boy with Ó, it was evident that Alex and his band were way more confident in front of his crowd. So, following this peak of confidence the band decided to accept song requests from the audience. Just like that. Nine songs later they were ready to give us the encore with “Change”.
I often like to discuss with friends and strangers how I agree that everything happens for a reason and there’s no such thing as a coincidence. Months after this gig, and to support my theory, my friend and Alex’s tour manager, Scott recognised the house I’m currently living at. Turns out, Alex G played there a few years ago and it’s been described as the best gig they’ve ever seen of him. A gig in a house party… at my current house. Coincidence?
Note: (Sandy) Alex G will be back in Europe this summer- just in case you want to party with him or be part of many of the (not so rock n'roll) stories that seem to exist.
See you there.