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The Willful Weirdness of Alex's Hand
by Dave Segal
on Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM
(Crocodile) Seattle trio Alex's Hand are yet another group that would benefit from keeping mics away from mouths. Like a lot of artists who brand themselves as "experimental," Alex's Hand exhibit a flawed tendency for irritating vocalizing. Awkward, melodramatic bellows and dorky Sprechstimme mar what are mostly interesting, skewed, prog-pop instrumentals on their debut EP, Madame Psychosis. The band's combination of songwriterly craftsmanship and willful weirdness can't match that of their impressive influences (they list Frank Zappa, the Residents, Mr. Bungle, 5uu's, Henry Cow, Mike Patton, and many more), but there's potential here for something special. That being said, taking career advice from me is almost certain commercial suicide, so tread carefully.