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.

Alex Lahey Announces Debut Album, ‘I Love You Like A Brother’, Out October 6th

Born and raised in Melbourne, Alex Lahey initially studied jazz saxophone at university but unimpressed with “learning music in such a regimented way” she switched to an arts degree. Lahey’s debut album, I Love You Like A Brother (out October 6th), drops fresh off the back of Lahey’s breakthrough EP in 2016, B-Grade University. Both releases build on her tenure with cult music collective Animaux which allowed Lahey the musical anarchy she yearned in school – hell, she booked the band their first gig before they’d even prepared a single song.

Today we’re excited to share “Everyday’s The Weekend” along with a fantastic video counterpart. We’ve all felt the ennui of a dead end job, but somehow Lahey makes it feel almost…fun? Enjoy the clip above & stream the single here – alexlahey.lnk.to/weekend.

Brother finds 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. Lahey tells her stories with character and dry humor – “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.” The poignant “Backpack” is a tribute to Lahey’s latest relationship, and the unsure start it got off to.

The themes of Alex Lahey’s album might be universal, but it’s the unique approach she takes unpacking them that’s earned her a Best New Track on Pitchfork, glowing press from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Stereogum, NYLON, Noisey, a spot in the Australian radio network triple j’s prestigious Hottest 100 of 2016 & more.

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 is below.

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

I Love You Like A Brother Tracklist:

01. Every Day’s The Weekend
02. I Love You Like A Brother
03. Perth Traumatic Stress Disorder
04. I Haven’t Been Taking Care Of Myself
05. Backpack
06. Awkward Exchange
07. I Want U
08. Lotto In Reverse
09. Let’s Call It A Day
10. There’s No Money

Alex Lahey Tour Dates:
Tue. Oct. 26 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique Witloonar
Fri. Oct. 27 – Rokerdam, 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 InsJtute
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’s ‘B-Grade University’ EP Out Now, Listen to “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me (triple j Like A Version)”

Stream and/or Purchase B-Grade University EP:
https://alexlahey.lnk.to/B-GradeUniversity

Summer didn’t so much as creep this year, it was more of a bull in a china shop. It’s the kind of hot that makes you want to hop in the car, throw down the windows and just get the hell out of town. Luckily for you (and for us), Alex Lahey’s given us the perfect accompaniment for such a summer. Widescreen, anthemic and utterly catchy – we’re talking humidity clinging to the hot pavement sticky – Lahey’s music is damn near essential catharsis. And now you can cop her EP, which she initially released on her own label, on a 12″. Perfect for late night dance parties, or signing into your hairbrush solo. You’ll want this in your cabinet.

Plus today we’re excited to share a version of her killer track “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me” recorded on triple J’s Like A Version. Check it out below. While we’re rolling with good news, be sure to keep your eyes peeled on new material coming later this summer. In the meantime you can catch Lahey on tour! All dates at the bottom of the post.

Hear “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me (triple j Like A Version)”:

Alex Lahey Tour Dates:
10/26/17 – Brussels, BE – Botanique Witloofbar
10/27/17 – Rotterdam, NL – V11
10/30/17 – Cologne, DE – Blue Shell
10/31/17 – Hamburg, DE – Molotow Musikclub
11/01/17 – Berlin, DE – Privat Club
11/03/17 – Munich, DE – Kranhalle
11/04/17 – Stuttgart, DE – Keller Klub
11/05/17 – Fribourg, DE – Espace culturel Le Nouveau Monde
11/06/17 – Paris, FR – La Mécanique Ondulatoire
11/08/17 – London, UK – Boston Music Room
11/09/17 – Bristol, UK – The Louisiana
11/10/17 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
11/11/17 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
11/12/17 – Glasgow, UK – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

Alex Lahey Signs To Dead Oceans, “B-Grade University” EP Out Digitally Today

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Relationship problems. Post-graduation life choices. The troubles of early-20s life. They’re millenials’ problems, sure, but weren’t they everyone’s at one point? Few people can detail these worries quite like Alex Lahey, a 24 year old Melburnian (that’s Melbourne, Australia). Needless to say, we are delighted to be working with Alex. Her EP “B-Grade University” is out now via Dead Oceans.

Alex Lahey originally released “B-Grade University” on her own label in summer 2016, shortly before playing iconic Australian festival Splendour in the Grass. Lead track, “Ivy League,” pretty much wrote itself: “I went and studied sax at uni for a few years and just fucking hated it” she told DIY magazine last November. Lahey dropped out to concentrate all her efforts on the songwriting that she cared most about. That cliffjump proved a great decision: “B-Grade University” immediately went onto heavy rotation on Triple J, with the single “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me.” Lahey closed 2016 being the most played artist on Triple J Unearthed, as well as being voted Best Female Artist at the Age Music Awards.

Even if your woes are not the same, Lahey’s themes demand you to sing along, close your eyes and punch your fist in the air. Underneath the millennial angst, there’s an aura of positivity, universality, good times and looking towards the future that we all need right now.

PURCHASE/STREAM “B-GRADE UNIVERSITY” EP
https://alexlahey.lnk.to/B-GradeUniversity

Praise for Alex Lahey

“The sentiment is simple and familiar—and yet so is the wind that whips through your hair while racing down a highway in the summer with friends, and who ever gets sick of that?” — Pitchfork, on “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me” [BEST NEW TRACK]

“Earlier this year, Melbourne’s Alex Lahey released her debut EP, ‘B-Grade University,’ which is the kind of startlingly impressive debut that you just know is going to catch on…” — Brooklyn Vegan

“The fact she’s made something so vibrant and altogether fun out of a concept as straightforward as ‘being in your early 20s and just figuring shit out’ speaks volumes about her ability to put her own thoroughly entertaining spin on the ups and downs of the everyman.” — DIY Magazine

tour dates

11/19/17

Washington, DC - DC9

11/22/17

Toronto, ON - The Drake Hotel - Underground

11/24/17

Chicago, IL - Subterranean

11/25/17

Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry

11/29/17

Dallas, TX - Club Dada

11/30/17

Austin, TX - Barracuda

12/02/17

Denver, CO - Lost Lake Lounge
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Every Day's The Weekend
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