by Frankie Ryott
VANCOUVER – From student to superstar, Australian singer-songwriter Alex Lahey has landed in North America, touring in support of her debut album, I Love You Like a Brother. With her up front attitude and creative wit Lahey is moving to the top of many playlists, and for good reason.
Starting off in Melbourne studying jazz saxophone at university, Lahey branched away from the clinical method of learning and moved towards creating something of her own. After releasing her EP B-Grade University she was quickly catapulted into the spotlight having frequent airtime on Australian radio Triple J and touring with artists like Blondie, Catfish and the Bottlemen and, her close mentors, Tegan and Sara.
After such success there was no doubt her debut album would be something special and with I Love You Like a Brother, Lahey delivered. The ten track full-length album carries a collection of universal experiences that have been transformed into ironic yet relatable indie-rock songs. Her honest vocals are complemented by an array of punchy beats and melodic guitar riffs. Alongside this, Lahey draws inspiration from her own life creating a bond with her listeners.
“I make music because it’s my way of expressing myself, when people relate to it and engage in a positive way it is such a lovely bonus,” she says.
I Love You like a Brother opens with the recurrent strumming of “Every Day’s the Weekend,” where Lahey keeps things modestly simple before ascending into an infectious chanting chorus. The deceptively upbeat music contrasts with lyrics that touch on the turbulent nature of relationships, a theme that continues throughout the album. This is evident in lyrics, such as the self-deprecating “I’ve gained weight and drink too much, maybe that’s why you don’t love me as much,” and the bitter realisations of “Mothers and fathers don’t last forever/We don’t get a choice/So let’s stick together,” which are ironically partnered with joyful melodies that you can’t help but sing along to.
Being on tour has not starved Lahey of creativity instead, as she travels from one side of the world to the other, she continues to draw inspiration from her experiences, adding more and more to her creative cauldron. “On tour I keep meeting so many different people and that’s what I like writing songs about, people; their personalities and experiences and the conversations I have with them. It definitely continues to inspire my music,” says Lahey.
There is no doubt that 2017 has been a significant year for the 25-year-old Melbournian and there’s no sign things will be slowing down. Currently in the middle of her I Love You like a Brother tour she continues to impress audiences all over the northern hemisphere by creating a space where fans can gather together and sing along with her unapologetic indie-rock anthems.
Alex Lahey performs at The Cobalt (Vancouver) on December 12.alex lahey, The Cobalt