Interview: Alex Lowe

 

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Former Hurricane#1 frontman Alex Lowe is back with a new band, Gun Club Cemetery, whose debut three-track EP, Take Me Down Again, will be out on Sheffield indie label Smart Art Records this summer. 

 The release takes in warm, country-rock balladry (the title track), infectious guitar pop (Dead Man’s Tongue) and full on, dirty, snarling rock and roll (The Hollow Face Of A Shallow Man). I spoke to Alex to find out more about his return to the music biz…

Sean: How does it feel to be back fronting a band again?

Alex: It feels amazing. I really like playing solo, but to be on stage with a group of friends is the best feeling in the world. I want Gun Club Cemetery to be a great band and to stick together through thick and thin. Since Hurricane#1 split up, I played with so many time wasting musicians – I got sick to death of it. I just want to make it work, make some cool records and get out on the road.

Sean:  You’ve just been in the studio, recording some new songs, haven’t you?

Alex: Yeah – we’ve just finished our new EP – Take Me Down Again, which will be released in the next couple of months. Our album will be out in October – if you think The Rolling Stones, meets Bob Dylan and Crowded House, then you have the sound of Gun Club Cemetery.

Sean: You took some time away from music for a while, to concentrate on art instead. Can you tell me more about your painting?

Alex: I’ve been doing a lot of painting and I’m working with the Smart Art Gallery, in Sheffield. The new Gun Club Cemetery songs will be released through their new label – Smart Art Records. I’ve also been busy on a new project with Alan McGee [music mogul and former boss of Creation Records). He called me out of the blue one day last year and asked me if I’d like to do a project involving paintings, art and the occult. We’ve put together something called the Aquarian Conspiracy. I’m also starring in a film that Alan and Dean Cavanagh (artist, screenwriter, film maker) are making. I star as myself and we start filming soon. To be honest, I don’t know too much about the movie, but I will on the day. I think it could be a mind-blowing experience for some people.

Sean: What do you think of the current music scene?

Alex: Is there a music scene? To be honest, I don’t listen to anything except The Beatles, The Stones and Crowded House.

Sean: Looking back at the days of Hurricane#1, how do you feel about it now?

Alex: They were very happy memories – you just felt part of something that you knew was important to the kids. Hurricane#1 were one of the most underrated bands of all time. We were great live – we were all good musicians.

Sean: I recently saw you play your first gig for two years –a solo acoustic show in Sheffield. How was it playing live again?

Alex: I was very nervous. I did the acoustic set in front of a large crowd that was 10 inches away from my face. It was very intimate, but, I must admit, it felt great to be playing music again.

Sean: So, what have Gun Club Cemetery got planned for the rest of the year?

 Alex: We start rehearsals later this month and then we’re recording some new tracks for the album. We’re hoping to do a few European shows this year, as well.

Sean: What’s the ultimate ambition for Alex Lowe?

 Alex: To be in a successful band again and just go for it!

Gun Club Cemetery are:

Alex Lowe – Guitar & Vocals

Nick Repton – Bass

Colin Ward – Drums.

The debut EP Take Me Down Again is out this summer, with an album to follow in late 2012. Both releases will be on Smart Art Records.

 

 

 

2 comments on “Interview: Alex Lowe

  1. harry.mulligan says:

    Alex<div>I've been approached byMilly Chowles who used to DJ MULLIGAN PRESENTS, my clunight at The OLD BLUE LAST, BARFLY ??Bugaloo, and is now a presenter at BBC Bristol. SHe is curating a mainstage to the olf ASHTON COUT Festival that have has had the likes of Mssive Attack, Spiritualised and Portishead headline. ??She has asked me if I could recommend a headline for this stage and I suggested you. Would you like me to cc her into an email for you to discuss it and whether you may be interested?</div> <div><br></div><div>I'd like to forward this interview to her but obviously would need your permission. The have limited resouces, but could tell you more herself.</div><div><br></div><div>Looking forward to hearing Gun Club Cemetery!.</div> <div><br></div><div>Best</div><div><br></div><div>Harry Mulligan</div>

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