"Alice Texas is Alice Schneider, a native
New Yorker who rides through the oppressively small towns and dry prairies
of her imagination searching for love and redemption."
- The New Yorker
Reviews of Sad Days
Interviews and Other Stuff
Reviews of Gold
Review of Living Room Show, 1/18/05, Skope Magazine
Here's what the media has
to say about Alice Texas, Sad Days:
"Alice, Texas, is a town east of
Corpus Christi in the southern tip of the state. Alice Texas, however,
is the musical vehicle of Alice Schneider, a dark haired New York beauty
who, on her second album, is clearly in the Southern state of mind. "I
miss my honey baby/Down in North Caroline," she croons on the epic
"Where I'd Become," a Gun Club-styled slice of slide-guitar
blues with a noir story line about two kids on the lam from the law, perhaps,
from each other-the opiated, country/jazz "Run To You", the
sweet, Calexico-esque "Lonely One," the twangy, droney "Trampis
Haire" (a compelling yarn of of Texas passion and murder)- Schneider
traces a road map through the same semi-mythic heartland that's inspired
scores of authors and songwriters. She holds up her end of the literary
bargain; the lovers and losers who populate her songs seem tragically,
terrifyingly real. Abetted by longtime guitarist Peter Mavrogeorgis and
drummer David Berger (who joined not long after 200 debut Gold), Schneider
is equal parts Patti Smith, Polly Harvey, Hope Sandoval and Loretta Lynn
and as artistically combustible as that collision of personalities might
suggest." - Fred Mills
July 22nd, 2005
"Beginning with the dirge 'South of Heaven,' Alice Texas immediately
set a desperate, runaway sound on Sad Days balancing a soulful country-western
tone with an arty, personal focus. This is a very personal record
which avoids conventional song structure in favor of emotional climaxes.
The three-piece is likely named after their front woman Alice Schneider
who croons over the languid material in a style reminiscent of Maria McKee
- robust and soulful, yet decidedly twangy. Overall, the tone of the album
is sun-bleached, as is it's telling cover art.
'Coney Island' may be the most conventional song on the album, but
the too short 'Where I'd Become' and the title track reveal unexpected
hooks. Spacey guitar work and slow tempos create sonic palettes
for Schneider to lie atop.
Sad Days is a bit too arty at times to be purely country But the reverse
applies as well. For those looking for emotionally rich songs in a convention
defying country format, here's your niche.
In a word: Weathered
Grade: A- "
Time Out NY
"Alice Schneider's music is an oddly appealing hybrid of David
Lynch-like macabre and rambling Western tumbleweed scenes. Forboding and
melancholy, her band Alice Texas plays behind it's new album, Sad Days."
"Go to Alice, Texas; better still go see and hear the band Alice
Texas, a nifty, unappreciated local alt-country outfit filled with paradoxes.
Small of stature vocalist Alice Schneider belts with a Neko Case fervor,
stacked atop dreamy reverb twang that would do justice to the likes of
acts like Big Lazy and Mazzy Star. They're touting the release of their
second CD, Sad Days, that you'd be foolish not to take home.
"Forlorn and beautiful as a desert highway"
"Somber, rich, and foreboding, Sad Days, Alice
Texas' second release is populated with dead dogs, eerie dusty roads,
and wayward lovers.
Alice Texas is the creation of native New Yorker
Alice Schneider, who culled the band¹s name from the real-life Texas
town. Her honey-and-whiskey-twanged voice belies her Northern roots. Schneider,
along with Peter Mavrogeorgis (lead guitars) and David Berger (drums and
percussion), have far surpassed Alice Texas' debut, Gold, with Sad Days¹
hypnotic cohesion and haunting mood. There are no rave-ups like "Big
Black Motorcycle" from Gold on here. Instead, the weight of the music
comes from intricate narrative and the smoky noir-ish use of instruments
like upright bass, trumpet, and organ.
Schneider wraps her smooth earthy voice around
such lines as: "I got a man meant for me/bound by fury. I got a little
baby cryin'/where's my daddy? Oh God/Oh God/What have I done." While
the arrangements may be deceptively simple, they only grow in depth with
What culminates is a perfect traveling companion
for your own trip down a dusty winding road." --Chad Merritt
"Wanna tell ya about Alice Texas
and the big beat. Specifically, how they slunk outta the rock swamps of
New York and went off in search of an Americana that might've never been.
If 2001 debut Gold's northeastern urban gothic blues suggested P.J. Harvey
down at the crossroads clutching the Nick
Cave songbook, Sad Days is the sound of A.T. -- vocalist Alice Schneider,
guitarist Peter Mavrogeorgis, drummer David Berger and assorted friends
on upright bass, accordion and horns -- venturing even deeper into the
The journey's about excavations and exhumations,
from the literal (on the lam in Kansas with a cowboy lover, in the Gun
Clubesque slide-guit blooze of "Where I've Become") to the metaphysical
("I crawled out of the sea, onto land/ My belly slick, my head burnin'
I'm a comin', drawn to you like black on the water," sings Schneider,
part Loretta Lynn brassy drawl and part Hope Sandoval opiated slur, in
the jagged country-jazz noir of "Run To You"). Throughout, the
vocals and sonics carry a harrowing emotional heft -- you???ve
never really felt whisper-to-scream dynamics until you encounter the apocalyptic
climax of slow-burner "New Leaves" but thankfully devoid of
the histrionics and pull-a-rabbit-out-of-a-twat tricks rendering so many
of today's intense young divas cartoonish. Schneider doesn't need gimmickry.
With her raven-tressed, smoldering good looks, lyric sensuality and charismatic
delivery, she's a force of nature."
Bucket Full of Brains
"She's one to keep a watch on"
"I've got a man waiting for me south of heaven...I've got dead dogs scratching
at my door," sings Alice Schneider in the gripping opening song of her
New York based trio's debut album. A voice somewhere between P.J. Harvey
and (on the high noted) Sinead O'Connor and a band that sound like serious
Calexico and David Lynch Fans - there are lots of desert moments and dramatic
Wild At Heart guitars; lots of dramatic everything in fact. Dark, atmospheric
insurgent country with the odd gentle ballad.
The artistic vision of Alice Schneider is disturbing indeed, and singular
enough to require the invention of a new pigeonhole: the best we could
come up with was "Torch Songs," where the torch in question
is the flaming variety, just before being used to immolate the body of
her freshly dead, no-good boyfriend. Itıs not that Alice Texas write murder
ballads per se, more that Schneider's songs can't help but summon an image
of The Walking Dude striding across a post-apocalyptic landscape, while
Kim Deal swaps vocal lines with PJ Harvey and The Bad Seeds play "Dancehall
At Louse Point" in a Calexico style. Itıs an intense, slow-burning
experience that is simultaneously stark and sensual, a brand of high emotion
Southern Gothic that is just crying out for the cinema treatment. -- Gillian
Glorious and melancholic Texan magic
Grizzled alt.country pioneer Neil Young once quipped, "Only love can break
your heart". On this, the debut release from Alice Texas- led by the charismatic
Alice Schneider, from , you guessed it, Texas - it seems love is capable
of far greater physical pain. It can maim the soul. The romantically driven
viewpoints of these fine desert soundscapes suggests that Schneider is
a woman who knows the hurt of a broken heart. The beautiful, hypnotic
"South of Heaven" is like Mazzy Star undegoing relationship counseling,
while "Lonely One" is P.J. Harvey if she'd been raised in the Deep South
rather than Yeovil. Schneider's soulful brooding makes for glorious listening.
Cruelly, one hopes she never finds the true love she'd striving for."
- James Jam
Simmering sophomore outing from
New York alt.country trio
Having taken their name from the Lone Star outpost nestled between Laredo
and Corpus Christi, the band's earliest incarnation featured ex-Go-Between
Robert Vickers and Bad Seed's Jim Sclavunos. Since 2001's 'Gold', both
have moved on, but the scaffolding remains fixed on an unforgiving landscape
haunted by dustdevils and black vultures. Schnedier's delivery is part-P.J.
Harvey, part- Patti Smith with Hayseeds, while the music is all slide
guitar, reverbed Gretsch and moody strings. When she's not straining too
hard - as on the Townes Van Zandt-like title track - the voice is at it's
most affecting. -- Rob Hughes
For their second release, "Sad Days," Alice Texas shift gears
from their 2001, self-released debut, "Gold." What doesn't change
is the intensity and pain apparent, not only in Alice Schneider's voice,
but in the instrumentation of guitarist Peter Mavrogeorgis, and drummer
David Berger. This release is much more subdued than the hard hitting
The writing and arrangement show a maturity that wasn't quite there yet
when "Gold" was released. This is not to say that "Gold"is
not a great album, it is, but here the band shows what they have learned
over the past two years. Blending elements of Alt-Country and Rock Alice
Texas show the depths that despair and sadness can reach, while maintaining
an obvious hopefulness.
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2004 Stylus Magazine "The Challenge"
Here's what the media has to say about Alice
"Who: New York chanteuse and her backing group featuring guitarist
Peter Mavrogeorgis, Byron Issac (bass), and David Berger (drums).
Her debut album features performances from Robert Vickers (Go Betweens)
and Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave, Sonic Youth). Sounds Like: Sitting
in a honky tonk bar while out of your head on morphine. Haunting
tunes that tell tales of lonliness, heartaches and hope for the
future. Bluesy, passionate, and shadowy, with Schneider's aching
voice hovering over expertly crafted textures. What's Next: Schneider
will be going into the studio soon to lay down some demos for a
new album." -- Todd Hutlock.