Those in attendance at MICRO-PIXEL-RITES were given the rare opportunity of seeing a stripped down Alex Bleeker and the Freaks set. Missing was lead guitarist Alex Craig of Big Troubles, and in his place, Real Estate drummer Etienne Duguay, on the big red bongo.

I like Bleeker as the lone guitar player. It makes his melodies the center of attention, and brings Martin Courtney’s smart as hell bass playing out from behind a wall of sound. Courtney is a skilled bass player, as well as songwriter, clearly. He doesn’t just anchor the songs, he moves around the neck a lot. What he plays could be sung by a back-up vocalist.

Visitation Rites has another memory, Family Portrait doing “Waitberry.” As Emilie reflects, it’s hard to believe this was nearly a month ago. A lot, and nothing, has changed.

“Getting By” is off the just released Group Tightener 7″ “These Days.” Get it here. Download “Getting By.”

Alex Bleeker: “Getting By”

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