He was in several bands before Franz Ferdinandâ€” including The Yummy Fur, The Karelia, Quinn, and The Amphetameaniesâ€” and played bass also as guitar. He held down a variety of odd jobs during this time, including a English lecturer to asylum seekers, delivery driver, welder, chef, wine waiter, and kitchen porter. Fom the early 1990s, he was a fixture of the Glasgow music scene as a promoter for small Glasgow venues, most notably The 13th Note, where he ran the Kazoo Club.
He is known for his crazy facial expressions, on-phase scissor kicks, sharp sense of taste, and quiet intellect. He had his very first kiss and dropped his virginity when he was 18 and is an asthmatic smoker. He also has a serious allergy to peanuts, which he likens to arsenic. He likes to cook for his friends, and wrote a column, â€śSoundbites,â€ť for The Guardian on meal and traveling around the world with his band.
â€śSoundbitesâ€ť has now been released as a book of the same title, with illustrations by Andrew Knowles, graduate of Glasgow School of Art and Franz Ferdinandâ€™s touring drummer, keyboardist and mandolin extraordinaire.
Recently, Alex created The Cribsâ€™ third album, â€śMenâ€™s Needs, Womenâ€™s Needs, Whatever.â€ť He now splits his time between Glasgow and New York, where his girlfriend Eleanor Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces resides.
|Date of Birth||20 March 1972|
|Place of Birth||Almondsbury, South Gloucestershire, England, UK|