Hailing from the soy-latte, street art and capricious weather capital of Australia, Melbourne, Alex Lahey is a 23-year-old bandless bandleader whose just released her killer debut single.
Air Mail sees Lahey explore her experiences in a long distance relationship and the amount of letters she’d write back and forth, across landlocked continents, boundless space and vast oceans.
“I got involved with someone who went overseas for an extended period of time and we wrote letters to each other while they were away, along with the classic 21st Century methods of communication,” Lahey said.
Reflecting on letter writing, Lahey said there is a real intimacy associated with writing a letter to someone. She said, “If you receive a letter from someone, then you know they’ve taken time to think about you and what they want to say to you. That’s always a nice feeling.”
The song is an instant classic with driving bass riffs, jingly rhythm guitar and a busting chorus that sounds so classic it could be something off an early Bruce Springsteen album.
As soon as the song breaks into the all out jam that is the guitar solo/ epic closer, you can really hear Lahey knows what she is doing and she is clearly having fun whilst she’s doing it. She’s not scared to rock out with passion and furious enjoyment.
When asked about her influences Lahey mentioned, “Good people, not so good people, good music, good stuff that happens, shit stuff that happens, Bruce Springsteen” so it is clear she takes a wholistic approach to her musical influencers.
There’s a real intimacy that I associate with writing letters to someone.
Even in her song songwriting, Lahey has a no-bullshit, tell the story as it is with all the feelings involved approach. “I was having a conversation with someone recently about how I struggle with ‘grey area’ and I guess that’s kind of reflected in my lyrics – they’re pretty to the point, but people seem to find room for interpretation,” she said.
We asked Lahey the quintessential question of, ‘if you could be one musical instrument what would it be and why?’ and she delivered a well thought out answer.
“Willie Nelson’s nylon string guitar. It’s called Trigger. It has its own Wikipedia page and many documentaries made about it. Imagine seeing the things that guitar has seen,” she said.
In the next few month Lahey will be playing the Shady Cottage festival, just outside of Melbourne, but her real ambitions for 2016 include “drink all the beers, release my debut EP, play heaps of shows, write better and better songs, drink all the beers.”
Alex Lahey’s debut single, Air Mail, is out now and you can download it from iTunes.