Alex Lahey

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Alex Lahey
A full body shot of a 25-year-old woman performing on stage. The artist is singing into a microphone on a stand in front of her while also playing an electric guitar. Beyond and to her right is a drummer behind a kit. Other musical and stage equipment is visible.
Alex Lahey, Feierwerk, Munich, November 2017
Background information
Birth nameAlexandra Lahey
Born (1992-07-30) 30 July 1992 (age 26)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres
  • Alternative
  • indie
  • rock
  • pop
Occupation(s)Musician
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • saxophone
  • keyboards
Years active2011–present
Labels
Associated actsAnimaux
Websitealexlahey.com.au

Alexandra Lahey (born 30 July 1992) is an Australian alternative rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her debut album, I Love You Like a Brother was released on October 2, 2017 and peaked at No. 15 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[1]

Biography[edit]

Alex Lahey was born in 1992 and grew up in Melbourne with her mother, Vicki, and her brother, Will.[2] At 13-years-old she started learning saxophone and guitar.[3] She started university courses in both jazz and the arts but dropped out of the jazz component to join a local pop group, Animaux, on vocals and saxophone.[3] After completing her arts degree Lahey decided to start a solo music career.[3]

In June 2016 Lahey won the Josh Pyke Partnership, for unsigned artists, which is co-sponsored by Pyke, Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS).[4] She received a AUD$7500 grant, a song writing mentorship from Pyke and introduction to music industry officials.[4] Lahey won the prize ahead of 200 entries and Pyke explained, "the song she submitted was immediately stuck in my head, and her lyrics were compelling and clever. Her turn of phrase was quirky and intelligent, and really relatable... I reckon most of us have been in the situation that's portrayed in the song 'You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me'."[4]

"You Don't Think You Like People Like Me" also received Pitchfork's Best New Track Award,[3][4] and it was listed in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2016 at No. 97.[5] Lahey subsequently won a Triple J Unearthed prize, leading to a performance slot at Splendour in the Grass and a nomination for a J Award as Unearthed Artist of the Year.

Lahey's debut extended play (EP), B-Grade University, was released on 12 August 2016, via Caroline Australia Records with distribution by Universal Music Australia.[6] For the five tracks Lahey provided vocals, guitar, saxophone and keyboards; she was joined by Oscar Dawson on guitar, vocals, percussion and keyboards; Sam Humphrey on guitar; Kai Chen Lim on bass guitar; and Lachie McGeehan on drums.[7] Dawson also produced, engineered and mixed the EP.[7] It reached No. 95 on the ARIA Top 100 Physical Albums and No. 8 on the ARIA Hitseekers Albums charts.[8]

In January 2017 Lahey signed to the Dead Oceans label, which re-released her EP.[9] On 6 October 2017 she issued her debut album, I Love You Like a Brother, through her own independent label, Nicky Boy Records/Dead Oceans via Caroline Australia/Universal Music Australia.[1][10] It reached No. 15 on the ARIA Albums Chart;[1][11] as well as No. 15 on the ARIA Top 100 Physical Albums, No. 14 on the ARIA Digital Albums, and No. 3 on the ARIA Australian Artists Albums.[1] Laura Stanley of Under the Radar observed, "[she] shares scenes from her own period of self-discovery, which makes for a fierce and incredibly fun debut full-length... the record standouts happen when Lahey and her bandmates zoom through spells of heartache with candidness and in a sharp pop-punk style."[12]

I Love You Like a Brother was placed on several albums-of-the-year lists, including Bandcamp Daily (at No. 40),[13] Noisey,[14] the Sydney Morning Herald,[15] Under the Radar, BrooklyVegan, and redbull.com.[16] Spin Magazine would also cite the album as one of the magazine's 13 "Favorite Overlooked Albums of 2017".[17] After touring Australia through October 2017, Lahey undertook an international tour of US and Europe from December 2017 and April 2018.[18] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2018 she was nominated for Breakthrough Artist – Release.[19]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Air Mail" (2015)
  • "You Don't Think You Like People Like Me" (2016) – Flying Vinyl
  • "Let's Go Out" (2016)
  • "Ivy League" (2016)
  • "Wes Anderson" (2017)
  • "Every Day's the Weekend" (2017)
  • "Lotto in Reverse" (2017)
  • "I Haven't Been Taking Care of Myself" (2017)
  • "I Love You Like a Brother" (2018)
  • "Don't Be So Hard on Yourself" (2019)
  • "Am I Doing It Right?" (2019)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Wallace, Ian (16 October 2017). "Week Commencing ~ 16th October 2017 ~ Issue #1442" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (1442): 2, 5, 7, 10, 13, 16, 21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 October 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  2. ^ Roberts, Christopher (19 March 2018). "Alex Lahey Shares 'I Love You Like a Brother' Video Costarring Her Actual Brother". Under the Radar. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Ross, Annabel (22 June 2016). "Blast-off for Local Singer-songwriter Alex Lahey". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "Alex Lahey wins the Josh Pyke Partnership for 2016". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2 June 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  5. ^ "1-100 | Hottest 100 2016". Triple J. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)). 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  6. ^ Danielle McGrane (20 September 2016). "Alex Lahey gave it all up for a song". News.com.au. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  7. ^ a b Alex Lahey (performer). B-Grade University (liner notes). Caroline Australia/Universal Music Australia. AL001CD.
  8. ^ Wallace, Ian (22 August 2016). "Week Commencing ~ 22nd August 2016 ~ Issue #1382" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (1382): 7, 21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 August 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Alex Lahey Signs to Dead Oceans". deadoceans.com. 30 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Instagram post by Alex Lahey • Oct 16, 2017 at 7:06am UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  11. ^ a b "australian-charts.com - Discography Alex Lahey". Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  12. ^ Stanley, Laura (4 October 2017). "Alex Lahey: I Love You Like a Brother (Dead Oceans) Review". Under the Radar. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  13. ^ Jarman, Casey (14 December 2017). "Best Albums of 2017: #40 – #21: 40 Alex Lahey: I Love You Like a Brother". Bandcamp Daily. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Noisey's 100 Best Albums of 2017". Album of The Year. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  15. ^ "The Sydney Morning Herald's Top 20 Albums of 2017". Album of The Year. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Alex Lahey - I Love You Like a Brother - Critic Lists". Album of The Year. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  17. ^ "Spin's Favorite Overlooked Albums of 2017". Spin. 6 December 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  18. ^ "Alex Lahey | Touring". alexlahey.com.au. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  19. ^ Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (28 November 2018). "And the ARIA Award Goes To..." Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  20. ^ Mack, Emmy (26 July 2017). "Alex Lahey Announces National Tour For Debut Album 'I Love You Like A Brother'". Music Feeds. Retrieved 28 July 2017.