LIVE REVIEW: Alex Lahey – The Triffid

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For the past two years it has seemed like Alex Lahey hasn’t stopped touring. Ever since the release of her debut EP “B Grade University” she has played headline shows in Australia, America and Europe and has even played some MASSIVE music festivals along the way. Her debut album “I Love You Like A Brother” came out towards the end of last year and she kicked off her world tour in Australia the week of the album release and is finally back home for a second run of dates. The “Huge And True Tour” kicked off in Sydney over the weekend followed by a sold out show in Brisbane that saw her delivering an energetic and a technically flawless set. Walking onstage to “My Happiness” by Powderfinger blaring through the PA system she proclaimed that she felt like she was home every time she played in Brisbane. Kicking off the show with title track “I Love You Like A Brother” before launching straight into  “Awkward Exchange” and “Let’s Call It A Day” she had the audience immediately jumping and ecstatically singing. She perfectly balanced the setlist with album highlights and old EP favourites as well as even throwing in a cheeky new track which was full of attitude. “Perth Traumatic Disorder”, “Wes Anderson”, “Lotto In Reverse” and “Let’s Go Out” were clear fan favourites as the crowd  passionately sung every word which Lahey seemed taken aback by. She candidly explained how she had just come back from a European tour and that she’s not someone who cries often but she found out the hard way that she shouldn’t watch Disney movies on planes because she cried watching “Coco”. And she hilariously added that she’s noticed that planes never have the Disney movie “UP” because you would be crying straight away and be an absolute mess which was very relatable. Throwing it back to the first song she ever uploaded to Triple J Unearthed she surprised the crowd with “Air Mail” before playing an epic cover of Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated” that saw everyone lose their inhibitions. Her stage presence is very impressive and commanding and will have you focused on her for the whole hour while she shreds her guitar. A cool guitar solo came during “Backpack” but when she would change guitars she would throw it off stage to her roadie which gave me anxiety every time. She closed the show with “Every Day’s The Weekend”, “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me” and “I Haven’t Been Taking Care Of Myself” which offered the biggest singalongs of the night. Throughout the show what was constantly highlighted was her incredible and powerful songwriting. She is just very honest, real and raw and doesn’t hold back from telling it the way it is which is highly commendable. And she just knows how to put on a killer and high energy show. 

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Photos by Hannah Dodd

 

HUGE AND TRUE AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

April 12 – Belgrave, Sooki Lounge *SOLD OUT*

April 13 – Hobart, The Waratah Hotel

April 14 – Perth, The Rosemount

April 18 – Melbourne, 170 Russell

April 20 – Melbourne, 170 Russell *SOLD OUT*

April 21 – Geelong, Barwon Club

 

 

 

 

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