Alex Lahey to release debut album October



(photo credit: GiuliaMcGauran)


“The 24-year-old from Melbourne, Australia, has a knack for spinning the tiny, unremarkable details of everyday existence into riveting portraits of twenty-something life — and then topping it all off with a gale-force indie-rock hook.” — Entertainment Weekly (“Breaking Big”)

“This single by Melbourne’s Alex Lahey has got to be one of the peppiest songs about rejection ever—a song about being disliked, and yet it is only likable.” — Pitchfork, on “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me” (“Best New Track”)

“It’s one of the most impressive indie rock introductions in recent memory…” — Stereogum, on “B-Grade University” (“Artist To Watch”)

“Post-grad ennui and the bizarre feeling of being out of school are topics that have been tread by plenty of artists, but Alex Lahey’s specificity, wry humor, and sun-streaked guitar melodies (not to mention her brilliant, tongue-in-cheek music videos) breathe new life into these universal experiences.” — NYLON

“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 stride.

Lahey’s debut album, I Love You Like A Brother (out October 6th on Dead Oceans), drops fresh off the back of Lahey’s breakthrough EP in 2016, “B-Grade University”, which earned her a slew of glowing press from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Stereogum, NYLON, Noisey, and beyond. Last year, Lahey’s “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me” single was inescapable and landed a “Best New Track” on Pitchfork, as well as a spot in the Australian radio network triple j’s prestigious Hottest 100 of 2016.

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 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.

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 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 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.


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]


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

Pre-order I Love You Like A Brother

Download hi-res images & album art —

(I Love You Like A Brother album art)

Alex Lahey online:

Published by

Nik Havert

I've been a music fan since my parents gave me a record player for Christmas when I was still in grade school. The first record I remember owning was "Sesame Street Disco." I've been a professional writer since 2004, but writing long before that. My first published work was in a middle school literary magazine and was a story about a zoo in which the animals could talk.

Leave a Reply