14—15 JULY 2017
VICTORIA PARK

Rex Orange County

Noisey


Friday

Fed up of school and at a loss, Alex O’Connor started Rex Orange County in the middle of his teens. At the time, this self-taught drummer was only just beginning to realise he could do more than just play sessions or bit-part band roles. He applied keys, vocals and anything he could find to loose-footed, fluid, personable songs about being bored and disillusioned.

Self-produced debut bedroom album ‘ bcos u will never b free’ became a blueprint for Rex’ s sound, where jazz-nodding keys, sugar-soaked vocals and no-fucks-given lyricism share the same space in a dazzling combination. Aged 18, he grew up on the outskirts of London in Haslemere, Surrey. Today his hometown acts as a retreat for when life in the capital gets too overwhelming.

Through uploading ‘bcos u will never b free’ came connections to producers like Two Inch Punch and BadBadNotGood who got in touch after stumbling across Rex’ s Bandcamp page. And none so perfect a collaborator came to the table than Tyler, the Creator who sent “the most illiterate email” to help reach out

After giving all his work to the internet it seemed to be returning the favour. Pendulum-swinging between loved-up verses and rap refrains, Rex’ s music refuses to be pigeonholed. If there’ s one thing that defines his early material, it’ s a personal stamp O’ Connor applies at every opportunity. This is his personality epitomised, spilled out in multicolour.

Noisey


Friday

Fed up of school and at a loss, Alex O’Connor started Rex Orange County in the middle of his teens. At the time, this self-taught drummer was only just beginning to realise he could do more than just play sessions or bit-part band roles. He applied keys, vocals and anything he could find to loose-footed, fluid, personable songs about being bored and disillusioned.

Self-produced debut bedroom album ‘ bcos u will never b free’ became a blueprint for Rex’ s sound, where jazz-nodding keys, sugar-soaked vocals and no-fucks-given lyricism share the same space in a dazzling combination. Aged 18, he grew up on the outskirts of London in Haslemere, Surrey. Today his hometown acts as a retreat for when life in the capital gets too overwhelming.

Through uploading ‘bcos u will never b free’ came connections to producers like Two Inch Punch and BadBadNotGood who got in touch after stumbling across Rex’ s Bandcamp page. And none so perfect a collaborator came to the table than Tyler, the Creator who sent “the most illiterate email” to help reach out

After giving all his work to the internet it seemed to be returning the favour. Pendulum-swinging between loved-up verses and rap refrains, Rex’ s music refuses to be pigeonholed. If there’ s one thing that defines his early material, it’ s a personal stamp O’ Connor applies at every opportunity. This is his personality epitomised, spilled out in multicolour.

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