“I’m just some random from Melbourne.”AlexLaheylikes 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 stride.
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. Her tenure with cult music collectiveAnimauxallowed Lahey the musical anarchy she yearned – hell, she booked the band their first gig before they’d even prepared a single song.
Brother finds Lahey back in the studio with production partner, and one-half ofHolyHoly,OscarDawson(AliBarter,BritishIndia). 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 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.
Lahey will bring her tour in support ofI Love You Like A Brotherstateside this November, kicking off in Boston on Wed. November 15th. A full list of tour dates are below.
ALEX LAHEY TOUR DATES (US DATES IN BOLD): Tue. Oct. 26 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique Witloofbar [tix] Fri. Oct. 27 – Rotterdam, NL @ V11 [tix] Mon. Oct. 30 – Cologne, DE @ Blue Shell [tix] Tue. Oct. 31 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow Musikclub [tix] Wed. Nov. 1 – Berlin, DE @ Privat Club [tix] Wed. Nov. 3 – Munich, DE @ Kranhalle [tix] Sat. Nov. 4 – Stuttgart, DE @ Keller Klub [tix] Sun. Nov. 5 – Fribourg, DE @ Espace culturel Le Nouveau Monde [tix] Mon. Nov. 6 – Paris, FR @ La Mécanique Ondulatoire [tix] Wed. Nov. 8 – London, UK @ Boston Music Room [tix] Tue. Nov. 9 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana [tix] Fri. Nov. 10 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club [tix] Sat. Nov. 11 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute [tix] Sun. Nov. 12 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut [tix] Wed. Nov. 15 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott[tix] Thu. Nov. 16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg[tix] Fri. Nov. 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live[tix] Sun. Nov. 19 – Washington, DC @ DC9[tix] Wed. Nov. 22 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel – Underground[tix] Fri. Nov. 24 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean[tix] Sat. Nov. 25th – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry[tix] Wed. Nov. 29 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada[tix] Thu. Nov. 30 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda[tix] Sat. Dec. 2 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge[tix] Sun. Dec. 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court[tix] Tue. Dec. 5 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge[tix] Wed. Dec. 6 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah[tix] Fri. Dec. 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo[tix] Sat.Dec. 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill[tix] Mon. Dec. 11 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios[tix] Tue. Dec. 12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt[tix] Wed. Dec. 13 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey[tix]
I LOVE YOU LIKE A BROTHERTRACKLIST: 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