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 likeAlexLahey, a 24 year-old Melburnian (that’s Melbourne, Australia) who’s EP“B-Grade University”isoutnowonDeadOceans. Having already garnered aBest New TrackfromPitchforkfor her debut single,“You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me,”Lahey’s fuzzed-out, catchy-as-hell indie rock is stacked with emotion, weighing the sound of youthful anxiety against cutting, sophisticated wordplay. Watch the EP’s first video for“Wes Anderson,”premiered earlier today viaNoisey.
Alex Lahey originally released “B-Grade University” on her own label in summer 2016, shortly before playing iconic Australian festivalSplendour 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 toldDIY Magazinelast 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 onTripleJ, with the single “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me.” Lahey closed 2016 being the most played artist onTriple JUnearthed, as well as being votedBestFemaleArtistat theAgeMusicAwards.
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.
ALEX LAHEY TOUR DATES: Mon. Feb. 13 — London, UK @ Roundhouse w/ Tegan & Sara Tue. Feb. 14 — Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall w/ Tegan & Sara Wed. Feb. 15 — Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy w/ Tegan & Sara Fri. Feb. 17 — Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC w/ Tegan & Sara Sat. Feb. 18 — Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institution w/ Tegan & Sara Sun. Feb. 19 — Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street w/ Tegan & Sara Mon. Feb. 20 — London, UK @ Old Blue Last Sat. March 11 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo Sun. March 12 — San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop Tue. March 14 – Sat. March 18 — Austin, TX @ SXSW Mon. March 20 — Chicago, IL @ Schubas Wed. March 22 — Washington, DC @ DC9 Thu. March 23 — Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live Fri. March 24 — Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC Sat. March 25 — New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge Sun. March 26 — Boston, MA @ Great Scott
“B-GRADE UNIVERSITY” TRACKLIST: 01. Ivy League 02. Let’s Go Out 03. Wes Anderson 04. You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me 05. L L L Leave Me Alone