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Fresh Fruit: Alex The Kid

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Alex The Kid

Fresh Fruit

Triple J Unearthed

What other names did you consider calling yourselves?
It’s always been Alex The Kid; I don’t think there was ever a discussion as to other possible band names. But one of the previous bands Trent and Dale were in changed their name, like, four times. It was MeansNoHarm, but everyone always thought it sounded like Eat No Ham. That soon changed.

Where are you from and what would be the most recognisable local landmark?
We all grew up in a small town 400kms north of Perth called Geraldton. Lovely place to start a band -we all moved to Perth at one stage, but Ken lives there at the moment with Dale and James, going back and forth for work. Easily recognisable is the crooked trees: the wind in Geraldton is so severe sometimes that it forces the trees to grow sideways.

Who is in your band, what do they play and what is their non-musical superpower?
Ken plays lead guitar, Dale plays rhythm guitar, Kadin plays the Drums, James does vocals, and Sexy Trent plays bass and also does vocals. I think together as a group, our super power would be the people most able to borrow from other bands’ riders without them noticing.

Name your three biggest influences.
Jawbreaker, The Lawrence Arms, and currently Iron Chic. What a band!

What’s the usual first topic of conversation when you take a break at rehearsal?
Ken trying to convince the band to cover a new song.

What’s your pre-show warm-up routine?
Generally a few beers and Trent, James and Ken doing some vocal warm ups. Nothing too special, I guess – Dale and Kadin like to watch this unfold and make weird faces.

Tell us about your most memorable show.
Most definitely triple j’s One Night Stand in Geraldton! Amazing crowd, amazing crew behind the scenes, and we just had the best time all ’round. Playing to a couple thousand people in our hometown was just amazing, and the stage we got to perform it on was just top notch.

What band would you most like to share the stage with and why?
Easily The Lawrence Arms. An amazing band that we’ve all loved for years. We chuck in a sneaky cover every now and again, too!

What’s the most exciting album you’ve listened to recently?
Would have to be Royal Headache’s High for me. I heard it while I was in Melbourne for the Poison City Weekender at Missing Link Records. They had it playing and I couldn’t resist buying a copy. Amazing record.

What is your latest release and why should we buy it?
We recently signed to Adelaide punk/hardcore label Pee Records, and our debut album Speak Up is out in August, so once that drops, please pick it up! Our split with Brisbane mates Columbus is up on BandCamp too, along with our recent single, “Vinyls”.

If you could be endorsed by one company, who would it be?
Vans! Its a rare occasion when someone in the band isn’t wearing a pair.

Why are you going to make it to the top over all the other contenders in the musical arena?
We’ve got a hard work ethic, and we’re always keen to go the extra mile to make things happen. We have a lot of fun with our music and we hope that comes through to the people that listen to and watch us.

Other than Dave Grohl, who has the best beard in rock?
Harry from The Decline. What a beast.

Wrap your ears around Alex The Kid’s latest single “Skate Or Lie” below!

Speak Up drops August 19th via Pee Records
Grab a copy: JB HiFi | Bandcamp


Alex The Kid
Tour Dates

Saturday September 3rd – 459 Bar, Perth

Saturday September 10th – Dicey Rileys, Wollongong

Sunday September 11th – Frankies Bar, Sydney

Wednesday September 14th – Phoenix Bar, Canberra

Thursday September 15th – Public Bar, Melbourne

Friday September 16th – Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne

Saturday September 17th – Stonecutters Fest @ Queens Theatre, Adelaide

See the band’s social media for ticket details!

Are you in an up-and-coming alternative/rock/metal/emo/indie/punk/hardcore band (or anything along those lines) and feel like a cheeky bit of free promo in the form of a Fresh Fruit piece? Drop a line to editorial@bluntmag.com.au and we’ll be in touch!

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