Toronto artist Alex Exists shares a heavy new single, “Dancing With Chaos.” Crawling with riffs, Alex’s sharp vocals, and deep lyrics, the tune goes out to anyone that feels overwhelmed by the state of the media, politics, and the unreal societal expectations they face. It marks the first single from Alex’s debut album, Everybody’s Famous (Except Me), coming soon via The Confidence Emperors, and arrives with an equally vibrant video that speaks truth to the song’s themes.
“It’s an ode to confronting chaos head on, and having fun with it, instead of running for the hills. It’s a mesmerizing mellotron-driven dirge that paints a vivid pastiche of urban life, and the otherworldliness that lies underneath the facade. Much like the tone and humour in that John Carpenter classic movie, They Live.”
Anecdotally, the production on “Dancing With Chaos” embodies a distinctive distorted bass guitar riff as created by using an effect, custom-built and engineered by Scott Fleming and Alex Exists. Based on the iconic discontinued Japanese fuzz pedal, the Shin-Ei Companion FY-2. A guitar effect that was known for its raw, distinctive, gated fuzz. FY-2 pedals are now quite rare.
The video was produced by Moon Reel Media, which Alex co-runs and co-founded, Directed by Agata Waclawska, and edited by Alex himself.
Everybody’s Famous (Except Me) is a sonic exploration of expressing optimistic nihilism and radical authenticity as we tread into a brave new world. Alex quips the album resembling “a wrestling match with one’s ego.” It represents a story about finding one’s true self amidst the chaos, continuing to create through the chaos while learning how to wield the energy of the changing tides instead of swimming against it – and letting it destroy you. Alex will use art as a weapon for peaceful rebellion inspired by his interactions with the world, channelled through song. Audiences can expect melodic hard rock tunes ready for both solo listening and the dance floor, filled with ironic humour to highlight social issues, with a satirical dimension.
Connect with Alex Exists:
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.
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