Reputed “The Sting of Oz” (FAQ Café, Moscow) in Russia, Alex had returned home for further touring in 2015 before yielding to a creative sabbatical in 2016 – whereby he composed his debut novel “Maradha’s Game” over many years… a legendary science-fiction classic, which at 220,000 words is still being edited in 2022! (He also composed a novella entitled “Children Of The Coliseum,” although this book only registering 32,000 words!).
Prior to his adventures in other expressions, his successful Northern NSW mini-tour in late 2015 helped cement his debut 20-track release “Flight Frost”, which as a production-free pilgrimage into singer-songwriter and folk-indie acoustica remains an independent masterpiece in the Brisbane music scene, and perhaps beyond.
In the lead-up to this vogue anthology, he had again renewed praise for clear vocal tones and highly original songwriting; via Melbourne & Adelaide, fresh buzz followed 2014-2015 performances in Queensland. (Beloved Brisbane venues such as The Beetle Bar and The New Globe Theatre, namely). Then releasing “Revolutions” overseas, Modnoe FM in Saint Petersburg summarised, “Beautiful songs, sensual voice.”
Personifying “One man and his guitar” (Tapio Ylinen, Eclipse Music), the not-so-young tunesmith’s journey from “Fealty Fjords” (The 8-track sophomore EP, released in early 2022) continues. Highly inspired by all of the creative characters met in transit, such artistic connections remain strengthening even years later, with band allies Felidae and The Bluestocking (both Russian exports) arranged as collaboration buddies in those much-awaited new musical works.
Alex Edwards’ build-up to his third release “Fiesta, Freedom” (alongside his being the frontperson of Brisbane band Snowcats, who have won hearts in 2021 at King Lear’s Throne, Archive, Uh-Oh’s, Tomcat, Woolly Mammoth Mane Stage & The Cave Inn) showcases hard-won wisdom in the often ill-fated odyssey of the popular music composer, and therein certainly evokes California’s Musication 104 FM’s comment, “This kind of really represents an indie artist.” The seamlessness of Alex Edwards Band and Snowcats continues into 2022, with shows booked until mid-year across cornerstone venues in Brisbane and so much hope on the horizon…
…So what’s next for Alex Edwards? A collaboration with Sunnie Award-winning Jefferson Fyfe (The Sunnie Awards were the predecessor awards to the QMA’s) and a pair of side projects, all to release their debut EP/LP’s in 2022 (Bank & Jail, and Project Andromeda), alongside, yes, his third release (Alex’s second LP) entitled “Fiesta, Freedom” which features the already released single “I Have Schizophrenia” – which features guest spots from QMA-winning urban artist Blaq Carrie, Gold Coast troubadour Sean FitzGerald (known for his work in “Sean FitzGerald’s East of Eden”), well loved Australian actress Dorothy Daisy and musical handyman and ex-Osaka Punch guitarist Trav Jenkins.
Yep, the future looks pretty bright, for the part-time music journalist/documentary producer who continues to gain comparisons to artists like Elliot Smith and The Shins.