Alex Lahey is no stranger to the touring circuit. She’s played every local festival imaginable, sold out national runs of shows and has even crossed the ditch multiple times for international dates and festivals. With only one album under her belt, that was a massive accomplishment. But now the Melbourne singer-songwriter has welcomed her sophomore record ‘The Best Of Luck Club’ into the world and to celebrate has also embarked on her biggest headlining tour to date.
With a sold out, ALL AGES, Brisbane crowd packing into The Tivoli, they were treated to the musical stylings of local dreamy indie-pop duo Catalano and energetic rock favourites, Stand Atlantic. With ultimate bangers from the likes of Lizzo and No Doubt blasting through the speakers, Alex Lahey and her band were welcomed on stage to Powderfinger’s ‘My Happiness’ which has become a tradition every time she plays in Brisbane. Launching straight into new fan favourites ‘I Don’t Get Invited To Parties Anymore’ and ‘Am I Doing It Right’ she paid a quick nod to her debut album by playing ‘Awkward Exchange’. But tonight was a celebration of the new record and she couldn’t believe everyone already knew all the words to the new tracks. “Brisbane was one of the first places to get behind me and now we are the fucking Tivoli! Can you fucking believe it?” she exclaimed. ‘Black RM’s’, ’Interior Demeanour’ and ‘I Want To Live With You’ continued the strong celebration of the album however there was one strong song missing from the mix. ‘Isabella’ was a standout album favourite and with it’s strong singalong hook it would’ve become a set highlight.
This tour also marked Lahey’s biggest headlining shows to date and she highlighted that by upping the production with a big lighting rig, cardboard cutouts of items from her recent album cover and a massive red curtain that showcased different projections throughout the show. Introducing her band early on in the show, she exclaimed how important it was to have them with her and how everyone should celebrate them.
Stripping things back for a cover of Bachelor Girl’s ‘Buses And Trains’ and the intimate ‘Unspoken History’ she quickly announced to turn the volume up. “Enough of that sad shit” she quipped before creating massive singalongs with ‘You Don’t Think You Like People like Me’, ‘Misery Guts’ and ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’. Whipping out the saxophone for 2 big solos, Lahey had the crowd hyptsnosied by her energy and genuine excitement. “What I love about Brisbane is that you guys don’t fuck around. So I’m not going to fuck you guys around with that fake encore shit so let’s just party together for a few more songs” she yelled before launching into the final songs ‘Every Day’s The Weekend’ and ‘I Haven’t Been Taking Care Of Myself’. Wrapping up the show by thanking the crowd for embracing the new album, she also admitted that she loved the fact that the tour was happening during pride month. There was a genuine humble atmosphere surrounding the show that made the electricity of the music even better.
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The Best Of Luck Club Australian Tour
Friday June 14 – The Basement – Canberra
Saturday June 15 – Metro Theatre – Sydney
Saturday June 22 – Forum – Melbourne