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Alex G @ The First Unitarian Church with Girlpool, Eskimeaux and Brandon Can’t Dance.

November 16, 2015


Text by Emily Scott. Images by Tim Mulhern.

In a simple, black Title Fight hoodie and baggy light-washed jeans, Alex G performed at a sold-out hometown show at the First Unitarian Church on Saturday.

The show was part of the tour in honor of his sixth self-released LP, Beach Music. The album release show included friend-openers Brandon Can’t Dance, Eskimeaux and Girlpool.

Solo artist Brandon Ayres kicked off the night. His hauntingly romantic melodies accompanied by fun, ’80s beats were a strikingly odd combination that worked so well.

Four-piece band Eskimeaux was up next and frontwoman Gabrielle Smith expressed her excitement for getting to play the Church.

“Playing here has been a dream of mine,” Smith said.

Eskimeaux’s set was intrapersonal. Smith kept her eyes closed as she belted her choral-like voice and drove the band with her powerful riffs.

Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad of Girlpool joined the band onstage for a sing-along to “Broken Necks.”

The band played several tracks off O.K., an LP released back in May. Songs like “I’ll Admit I’m Scared” showcased her and guitarist Oliver Kalb’s ability to harmonize so well.

Punk duo Girlpool quickly set up and went right into “Ideal World,” off their debut album as Philadelphians, Before The World Was Big. The album is sort of like an open memoir to growing up. Tividad and Tucker moved to Philly from L.A. last winter at 18 and 19 and since then have toured extensively.

Their two-piece guitar and bass model and honest lyricism catches the ears of many growing up in Philly. “You got lots of potential—can you feel it?” the two harmonized together on an unreleased track.

The entire show was accompanied by double-exposed film being projected behind the musicians, which has become popular recently at other venues like Everybody Hits and PhilaMOCA.

Alex G opened his set with one of the first singles off Beach Music, “Bug.” The track feels like a statement to being stuck between two places. His fresh voice paired with his abilities on the guitar shows that he still has a young maturity about him felt through each track.

He also played tracks off older LP’s like Tricks, Rules and DSU.

He closed his set with an encore of “Harvey” off DSU. Right after his set, Alex G came off the stage to talk to fans and friends who came to the show.

The show really highlighted how great self-releasing musicians can be. And they all definitely proved that.

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