The Royal Basement Podcast #8: Alex Robert (Black Whales)
Alex Robert was my bandmate before I could really call him my friend; we were introduced as part of Sonny Votolato's band (I was playing drums, Alex playing keys) and became friends through playing someone else's songs. Alex is the singer and guitarist of Seattle's Black Whales, and maybe one of the funniest people I've met in the city of Seattle. He's also one of the thirstiest music consumers I know, and is one of the hosts of Peel Slowly, a psychedelic pop internet radio show/DJ night that is chock full of obscure gems. Alex stopped by the basement to chat with me to talk about emoji, frustrations with Siri, his musical history and the newest Black Whales record (Through The Prism, Gently). Alex picked out some choice cuts for a DJ set and played a few of my favorite Black Whales songs in stripped down, Royal Basement-friendly (i.e. didn't upset the neighbors) arrangements.
Black Whales play alongside The Mama Rags and Prom Queen at the Columbia City Theater here in Seattle, WA on Friday, February 20th. Tickets are available here.