(Sandy) Alex G’s Jammy New Single ‘Proud’ Is Nice Enough To Get You Over His Name Change

It sounds like Philly-based DIY rocker Alex G has spent his time since signing to Domino opening up. 2015’s Beach Music opened the bedroom door with a wider, more expansive sound and it looks like his upcoming album Rocket is going to continue in that same vein. And this newer, bigger sound has clearly changed something in Alexander Giannascoli. Along with the new single “Proud,” the singer has announced that his project will now be known as (Sandy) Alex G.

(Sandy)’s latest preview of the new album follows the country-leaning stylings of the earlier single “Bobby.” It might be a studio trick from a person who knows their way around some recording equipment, but the twangy ramble at least sounds like other people have been invited into the room. The trailing piano, easy guitar strum and do do do runthroughs of the melody give “Proud” a loose and jammy feeling. It almost sounds like a goof during practice that just happened to be recorded, with all the serendipitous and nice vibes that that entails. Give it a listen up top.

Rocket — (Sandy) Alex G’s eighth album and the first under his new name — is out on May 19 via Domino. Pre-order it here.

(Sandy) Alex G will take his new name and new songs on a tour of North America this summer. Check out the newly announced tour dates below.

05/18 — Brooklyn, NY @ The Park Church Co-Op (SOLD OUT)
06/02 — Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
06/03 — Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
06/04 — Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Backroom
06/06 — Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade: Purgatory
06/07 — Orlando, FL @ The Social
06/09 — Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
06/10 — Austin, TX @ The Parish
06/11 — Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
06/13 — Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
06/15 — Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
06/16 — La Jolla, CA @ Che Cafe
06/17 — Orange County, CA @ Constellation Room
06/18 — San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
06/20 — Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
06/21 — Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
06/22 — Portland, OR @ Holocene
06/24 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
06/25 — Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
06/27 — Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
06/28 — Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
06/29 — Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
06/30 — Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s
07/01 — Detroit, MI @ El Club
07/02 — Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
07/04 — Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
07/05 — Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
07/06 — Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
07/08 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer