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ALEX'S HAND

RIO/Avant-Prog • United States


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ALEX'S HAND is polystylistic avant-garde, experimental rock group centered around bassist Kellen Mills and drummer Nic Barnes. It was launched in Seattle, Washington in 2011, and is currently based out of Berlin, Germany. Dabbling in everything from rock, metal, jazz, avant-grade, classical, progressive and experimental music, ALEX'S HAND has self-released three full-length studio albums, two EPs, a live album, and an album of spontaneous live improvisations. Aside from their studio ambitions, the band has toured extensively throughout the United States, France, the UK and Germany, organized festivals (including Avant Garden in Seattle), and played various festivals (including the famed SeaProg in Seattle). ALEX'S HAND has written and performed theatre productions (including Moldy Pony staged at Cube, Berlin).

Having relocated to Europe has opened up ALEX'S HAND to even more opportunities and prospects for the future including the orchestration and staging of Zombie (a full scale theatre production to be held in Berlin), Moldy Pony 2: The Horse (a 2-hour recording project with a 23 piece orchestra), KatataK (a jazz-rock album composed with guitarist Ben Reece), as well as tours through West and East Europe. The band's current live line-up is: Kellen Mills (bass), Nic Barnes (drums, percussion), Kenny Stanger (guitar), Matt Kennon (tenor-sax), Roberto Vicchio (trumpet), Davide Piersanti (trombone).

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An Albatross Around the NeckAn Albatross Around the Neck
CD Baby 2016
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An Albatross Around The Neck
2013
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Alex's Hand presents: The Roaches
2014
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Goblinsz​.​.​.​?​1!
2016
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Künstler Scheiße
2016
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KaTaTaK
2017

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Cancumbia
2013

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Madame Psychosis
2012
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This cat is a genius
2013

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 Künstler Scheiße by ALEX'S HAND album cover Studio Album, 2016
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Künstler Scheiße
Alex's Hand RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by raigor

— First review of this album —
5 stars

"Kunstler Scheisse", the third studio album by Alex's Hand differs from its predecessors in many ways. First off, it was recorded live and much of it came from chaotic free-noise-jazz jamming, whereas the previous albums were all recorded in a specific instrumental order.

Also, when the band overdubbed in Berlin, Kellen and Nic wrote out horn arrangements and really sat with the overdubs. The invited musicians were playing prewritten materials, whereas in the past they were let to play what they felt.

Finally, guitarist Ben Reece provided the band with a different perspective than they had in the past in regards to composing more complex melodies on top of what had already been written.

The ensemble of 12 musicians were involved in making this album. So, "Kunstler Scheisse" is far more orchestrated than other albums, a bit more refined and more complicated. Alex's Hand happens to be humorous and funny on the surface, yet incredibly intricate in terms of their compositional and arrangement ideas. Their "Kunstler Scheisse" doesn't really fit here or there, its subgenre classifications fall short. And why does it matter anyway? Just listen to the music...

Thanks to nogbad_the_bad for the artist addition.

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