Alexander F is an American new age punk band fronted by Alex Toth. Their new album’s genesis was idiosyncratic: While on an eleven-day, silent meditation retreat in Quebec, Toth birthed a handful of Buddhist-themed experimental punk songs. He wrote and demoed the record over three weeks, post-retreat, a time which he describes as involving “wearing nicotine patches, meditating daily, reading the Tao Te Ching, and listening to Pixies and Fugazi.”
Toth’s background is in jazz trumpet, so the new songs’ aesthetic were unexpected: in his words they are “about freedom from self and freedom from the illusion that, as individuals, each of us is a separate entity. Freedom from being so lost in thought and in our egos that we hurt ourselves and those around us.”
Alex and guitarist friend Steve Marion recorded the record over four days back in August at Room 17 in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Participating musicians included Dandy McDowell, Christian Peslak, and Noah Rubin, all of whom now comprise the touring band. Kimbra makes an appearance on the record and has been known to sit in with the band. The album was engineered by Joe Rogers and mostly mixed by John Congleton and Claudius Mittendorfer.
Alexander F has played with the likes of Speedy Ortiz, Perfect Pussy, Downtown Boys, Colin Stetson, Margaret Glaspy, Mac McCaughan, Delicate Steve, Rubblebucket and Reptar.
Alexander F’s full-length will be released February 10, 2017 on their own imprint, So Sensation Records. In the meantime, enjoy “Soft Coffins.”