Alex Lahey

"I’m just some random from Melbourne."

Alex Lahey likes to keep it real. The 24-year-old Australian musician takes her rise up the ranks from music student to 'an artist with one of the most highly anticipated debut albums of 2017’ in her stride.

Lahey sees her life as ordinary: "I fall in love, I have a family, I go out with my friends, I like to have a drink." However, most people can’t distil those universal experiences into wry, punchy indie-rock songs - three minute odes to millennial angst and all the complicated feelings that come with it. Alex Lahey can. 'Love You Like A Brother’ is proof.

Born and raised in Melbourne, Lahey initially studied jazz saxophone at university but unimpressed with "learning music in such a regimented way" she switched to an arts degree (see her 'B-Grade University’ EP for more details). Her tenure with cult music collective Animaux allowed Lahey the musical anarchy she yearned - hell, she booked the band their first gig before they’d even prepared a single song.

Lahey stepped out on her own once she began to write songs that didn’t fit Animaux’s party space. Songs that were inspired the two people she considers the greatest songwriters of all time, Dolly Parton and Bruce Springsteen. Songs that got her noticed at a local industry conference and scored her a solo management deal. Lahey had graduated.

The 'Love You Like A Brother’ album drops fresh off the back of Lahey’s breakthrough in 2016. Last year her 'You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me’ single was inescapable and landed her a spot in Australian radio network triple j’s prestigious Hottest 100 of 2016. The song’s universal tale of rejection took Lahey global - its message, she says, is the flipside of the usual break-up scenario: "Yeah, you’re right. It’s not me. It IS you."

And that no-shit-taken attitude is the backbone of 'Love You Like A Brother’. From the stomping title track 'Brother’ to the gently moving 'Money’, Lahey’s debut long-player tells it like it is.

The album found Lahey back in the studio with production partner, and one-half of Holy Holy, Oscar Dawson (Ali Barter, British India). The pair pushed each other to create an intimate sonic experience that comprises scuzzy guitars thrumming over pop melodies, helmed by Lahey’s unfussy but arresting vocals.

The album’s songs traverse the everyday themes of family, heartbreak and identity. Lacey tells her stories with character… and dry humour – "I’ve figured it out," she sings in 'Awkward Exchange’, "you’re a bit of a dick" – but there are also moments of darkness. In 'Taking Care’ she muses, "I’ve gained weight and I drink too much, maybe that’s why you don’t love me as much."

'Taking Care’ was written after Alex had an eye-opening conversation with her mother. "I was seeing someone who I knew wasn’t treating me well, and chose to ignore it, and I think my mum had picked up on it as well. She just said to me at the end of the conversation, 'Alexandra, whatever you do, just make sure that you take care of yourself’."

The poignant 'Backpack’ is a tribute to Lahey’s latest relationship, and the unsure start it got off to. "When we first started going out, they warned me about how they’re really flighty, and I was like, 'I just want you to stay. And I don’t know if you are.’ It’s just saying it’s hard to hold someone down if they’re always thinking about the next place that they’re going to. It’s hard to give someone a hug when they’re walking away. And sometimes it’s good to chase them down and be like, 'Hey, I’m here.’"

And, in case the album’s title hadn’t given it away already, there’s a track for her brother too. "We don’t get a choice/So let’s stick together," screams Lahey in 'Brother’. That angsty love you’re hearing is easily explained by Lahey, "My brother and I clashed for a long time, and then all of a sudden as adults, we’re really close. I feel like this song is my gift to him."

The themes of Alex Lahey’s album might be universal, but it’s the unique approach she takes unpacking them that’s earned her millions of Spotify streams, buzz-worthy showcases at SXSW and festival sets alongside the likes of Flume, The Kills, At The Drive-In and James Blake as well as guesting on tours with Catfish & The Bottlemen, Tegan & Sara and Blondie.

Watch Alex Lahey Make Her Network Television Debut on Late Night With Seth Meyers

Last night, Alex Lahey took the stage at Late Night With Seth Meyers to make her network television debut. Lahey and her band — composed of Lahey (vocals, guitar), Sam Humphrey (guitar), Jonathan Skourletos (bass), and Lachie McGeehan (drums) — performed “Every Day’s The Weekend,” the blazing opener from Lahey’s acclaimed debut album, I Love You Like A Brother, out now. Check out the performance below.

Earlier this week, Lahey kicked off her first North American tour in support of I Love You Like A Brother at Great Scott in Boston. To celebrate the expansive tour, which takes Lahey and her band all across the east coast, midwest, south, and west coast, Lahey is sharing a special solo version of Brother closer “There’s No Money,” which premiered yesterday via Brooklyn Vegan. The intimate performance was captured by Gabe Wax in early October at Rare Book Room in NY.

Tonight, Lahey and her band play World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. A full list of upcoming tour dates can be found at the bottom of the blog post.

Stream and/or Purchase I Love You Like A Brother
https://alexlahey.lnk.to/brother

Alex Lahey Tour Dates:
Fri. Nov. 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Sun. Nov. 19 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Wed. Nov. 22 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel – Underground
Fri. Nov. 24 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Sat. Nov. 25th – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Wed. Nov. 29 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Thu. Nov. 30 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
Sat. Dec. 2 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
Sun. Dec. 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Tue. Dec. 5 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
Wed. Dec. 6 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Fri. Dec. 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Sat.Dec. 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Mon. Dec. 11 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Tue. Dec. 12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
Wed. Dec. 13 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

Alex Lahey Releases Debut Album, ‘I Love You Like A Brother’

Stream and/or Purchase I Love You Like A Brother:
https://alexlahey.lnk.to/brother

Alex Lahey has the uncanny ability to make you feel seen, truly seen, even though she’s a complete stranger. What can we say? She gets it. Her songs are anthemic, blunt, and pack a buzz somewhere between a caffeine rush and the feeling you get when you see your crush. Her debut album, I Love You Like A Brother, is out now.

That means you could click play and ride off on a wave of pop chords so big your feet won’t touch the ground. What’s more, she’s touring the states this fall & winter. Scroll down to see a full list of stops.

Alex Lahey Tour Dates
Tue. Oct. 26 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique Witloofbar
Fri. Oct. 27 – Rotterdam, NL @ V11
Mon. Oct. 30 – Cologne, DE @ Blue Shell
Tue. Oct. 31 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow Musikclub
Wed. Nov. 1 – Berlin, DE @ Privat Club
Wed. Nov. 3 – Munich, DE @ Kranhalle
Sat. Nov. 4 – Stuttgart, DE @ Keller Klub
Sun. Nov. 5 – Fribourg, DE @ Espace culturel Le Nouveau Monde
Mon. Nov. 6 – Paris, FR @ La Mécanique Ondulatoire
Wed. Nov. 8 – London, UK @ Boston Music Room
Tue. Nov. 9 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
Fri. Nov. 10 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Sat. Nov. 11 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
Sun. Nov. 12 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Wed. Nov. 15 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Thu. Nov. 16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fri. Nov. 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Sun. Nov. 19 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Wed. Nov. 22 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel – Underground
Fri. Nov. 24 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Sat. Nov. 25th – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Wed. Nov. 29 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Thu. Nov. 30 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
Sat. Dec. 2 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
Sun. Dec. 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Tue. Dec. 5 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
Wed. Dec. 6 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Fri. Dec. 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Sat.Dec. 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Mon. Dec. 11 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Tue. Dec. 12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
Wed. Dec. 13 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

Alex Lahey Shares “I Haven’t Been Taking Care of Myself”

Being honest, either with yourself or someone else, can be hard as hell. More often than not is easier to sweep your thoughts under a mental rug, rather than summon the courage to face the truth. Yet somehow, Alex Lahey makes it seem so damn easy. “I Haven’t Been Taking Care Of Myself” is an utterly confident profession of not being okay – the chorus a chaser of pure, blissful relief of laying it all out there.

Can you listen to this without feeling that? Can you listen without grabbing a hairbrush, broom, whatever’s closest and singing along? This song seeps into your pores like warm sunlight after a few cloudy days in a row. It just feels good. Lahey discusses the song, saying:

“A lot of the songs on the record are about the relationships that we engaging in with other people. ‘I Haven’t Been Taking Care Of Myself’ deviates from that in that it’s about the relationship that we have with ourselves and how that is reflected in the way we bring others into our lives. If you feel shit about yourself, you’re generally going to get off on the wrong foot with someone else.”

The video for the song, directed and illustrated by renowned Australian street artist Callum Preston, took over 14 hours and comprises 1,800 still photographers to assemble.

Lahey will bring her tour in support of I Love You Like A Brother stateside this November, kicking off in Boston on Wed., November 15th. A full list of tour dates are below.

I Love You Like A Brother is out October 6th. Pre-order your copy now:
https://alexlahey.lnk.to/brother

Alex Lahey Tour Dates
Tue. Oct. 26 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique Witloofbar
Fri. Oct. 27 – Rotterdam, NL @ V11
Mon. Oct. 30 – Cologne, DE @ Blue Shell
Tue. Oct. 31 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow Musikclub
Wed. Nov. 1 – Berlin, DE @ Privat Club
Wed. Nov. 3 – Munich, DE @ Kranhalle
Sat. Nov. 4 – Stuttgart, DE @ Keller Klub
Sun. Nov. 5 – Fribourg, DE @ Espace culturel Le Nouveau Monde
Mon. Nov. 6 – Paris, FR @ La Mécanique Ondulatoire
Wed. Nov. 8 – London, UK @ Boston Music Room
Tue. Nov. 9 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
Fri. Nov. 10 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Sat. Nov. 11 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
Sun. Nov. 12 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Wed. Nov. 15 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Thu. Nov. 16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fri. Nov. 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Sun. Nov. 19 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Wed. Nov. 22 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel – Underground
Fri. Nov. 24 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Sat. Nov. 25th – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Wed. Nov. 29 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Thu. Nov. 30 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
Sat. Dec. 2 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
Sun. Dec. 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Tue. Dec. 5 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
Wed. Dec. 6 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Fri. Dec. 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Sat.Dec. 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Mon. Dec. 11 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Tue. Dec. 12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
Wed. Dec. 13 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

Alex Lahey Shares “Lotto In Reverse”

You thought today was just another Tuesday, didn’t you? You woke up expecting to drop your feet to the floor, shuffle to the kitchen and put on a pot of coffee before heading to work. But guess what. It’s not just another Tuesday. Our friend Alex Lahey wanted to add something to your day, namely “Lotto In Reverse,” a new track from her forthcoming debut. This is the song you wish was playing on your alarm clock when you woke up. This is what will get you through that morning commute. This is is what will be waiting for you as you skip out of work for the day.

“Lotto In Reverse” is live on all streaming services on August 29th (which is today). So go ahead and pop this tale of throwing caution to the wind (and taking that risk that just doesn’t pay off) to your go-to playlist. Be sure to catch Alex Lahey on tour this fall! All dates below.

Pre-order I Love You Like A Brother:
https://alexlahey.lnk.to/brother

Alex Lahey Tour Dates (New Dates In Bold):
Tue. Oct. 26 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique Witloofbar
Fri. Oct. 27 – Rotterdam, NL @ V11
Mon. Oct. 30 – Cologne, DE @ Blue Shell
Tue. Oct. 31 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow Musikclub
Wed. Nov. 1 – Berlin, DE @ Privat Club
Wed. Nov. 3 – Munich, DE @ Kranhalle
Sat. Nov. 4 – Stuttgart, DE @ Keller Klub
Sun. Nov. 5 – Fribourg, DE @ Espace culturel Le Nouveau Monde
Mon. Nov. 6 – Paris, FR @ La Mécanique Ondulatoire
Wed. Nov. 8 – London, UK @ Boston Music Room
Tue. Nov. 9 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
Fri. Nov. 10 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Sat. Nov. 11 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
Sun. Nov. 12 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Wed. Nov. 15 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Thu. Nov. 16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fri. Nov. 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Sun. Nov. 19 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Wed. Nov. 22 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel – Underground
Fri. Nov. 24 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Sat. Nov. 25th – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Wed. Nov. 29 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Thu. Nov. 30 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
Sat. Dec. 2 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
Sun. Dec. 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Tue. Dec. 5 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
Wed. Dec. 6 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Fri. Dec. 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Sat.Dec. 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Mon. Dec. 11 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Tue. Dec. 12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
Wed. Dec. 13 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

tour dates

12/11/17

Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios

12/12/17

Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt

12/13/17

Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
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Every Day's The Weekend
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