Live: (SANDY) ALEX G // Amsterdam Bar & Hall – St. Paul, MN
(Sandy) Alex G, moniker of Philadelphia-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Alex Giannascoli, showcased songs off of his new album House of Sugar last Friday night at a sold-out show at Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul.
The show began with two amazing yet completely different sets from Indigo De Souza and Tomberlin. Indigo De Souza’s set was full of energy and noise, carrying their lyrics across a guitar-heavy musical landscape. When Tomberlin took the stage with Alex G’s guitarist, the energy shifted completely. Although her set stood out from both Indigo De Souza and Alex G, her quiet connection with the crowd and honest lyrics were a highlight of the night.
(Sandy) Alex G took to the stage to the roar of his adoring fans. For someone whose own online presence is minimal it is amazing to see the devotion he inspires in his fans. His mystery and lack of personal accessibility makes Alex stand out in this overly-connected industry. House of Sugar, Alex’s 7th studio album, is an amazing testament to the artist’s own unique songwriting ability. Stepping back and forth between the mic and his drummer, Alex puts off a chaotic yet focused energy in his live show, drawing the viewer into his hypnotic movements.
Toward the middle of his set, Alex stepped behind his keyboard for a few songs. Joking with the crowd before Brick, Alex remarked that the song was representative of his inner rage. On cue, the mosh pit began, throwing fans into the pandemonium created by Alex’s ferocious yelling. After calming down slightly, Alex continued to perform each song with as much passion as the more energetic songs. His fans were also treated to a few special treats, including a blink-182 cover and a duet with opener Tomberlin for Alex’s own tune Brite Boy.
(Sandy) Alex G continues his North American tour through the end of November before making his way across the pond for a UK/EU tour in February. Find his tour dates here.
Photos: Morgan Winston