Listen: “Proud,” by Alex G, Who is Now Calling Himself “(Sandy) Alex G” for Some Reason

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Apparently Alex Ginnascoli, best known as Alex G, is calling himself “(Sandy) Alex G” now? It seems too late for April Fool’s, so I guess this press release we got from his record company, Domino, this morning is for real: “Going forward, Alex G will be known as (Sandy) Alex G. We are unable to provide further comment at this time, but would appreciate you using the new titling for all future mentions.”

So, um, here’s a new song from (Sandy) Alex G, which is called “Proud” and is off his upcoming album Rocket.

It’s classic, er, (Sandy) Alex G, in that it’s a breezily melodic piece of indie pop with decidedly sinister undertones — it comes across like a panegyric to …a lover? someone Alex is a fan of? It’s unclear, but the lyric is full of love and admiration: “I’m so proud of you/ And everything you do/ Doesn’t matter what they say… Wanna be a star like you/ Wanna make something that’s true.” And then, when the second verse comes along, it takes a left turn into darkness: “I wanna be a fake like you… I just wanna play the game/ Big and fat and insane… Doesn’t matter what I said/ I’m better off dead.”

The song’s release is accompanied by news of a tour, the dates of which are as follows:

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

So, yes, the point here is that whatever Ginnascoli wants to call himself, he’s one of the best songwriters around, and we can’t wait to hear Rocket.