Alex Lahey

Lost Lake and 105.5 The Colorado Sound Present

Alex Lahey

Mr. Atomic, Spirettes

Tuesday, 6/5

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15 - $17

This event is 16 and over

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Alex Lahey
Alex Lahey
“I’m just some random from Melbourne.”

Alex Lahey likes to keep it real. The 24-year-old Australian musician takes her rise up the ranks from music student to ‘an artist with one of the most highly anticipated debut albums of 2017’ in her stride.

Lahey sees her life as ordinary: “I fall in love, I have a family, I go out with my friends, I like to have a drink.” However, most people can’t distil those universal experiences into wry, punchy indie-rock songs - three minute odes to millennial angst and all the complicated feelings that come with it. Alex Lahey can. ‘Love You Like A Brother’ is proof.

Born and raised in Melbourne, Lahey initially studied jazz saxophone at university but unimpressed with “learning music in such a regimented way” she switched to an arts degree (see her ‘B-Grade University’ EP for more details). Her tenure with cult music collective Animaux allowed Lahey the musical anarchy she yearned - hell, she booked the band their first gig before they’d even prepared a single song.

Lahey stepped out on her own once she began to write songs that didn’t fit Animaux’s party space. Songs that were inspired the two people she considers the greatest songwriters of all time, Dolly Parton and Bruce Springsteen. Songs that got her noticed at a local industry conference and scored her a solo management deal. Lahey had graduated.

The ‘Love You Like A Brother’ album drops fresh off the back of Lahey’s breakthrough in 2016. Last year her ‘You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me’ single was inescapable and landed her a spot in Australian radio network triple j’s prestigious Hottest 100 of 2016. The song’s universal tale of rejection took Lahey global - its message, she says, is the flipside of the usual break-up scenario: “Yeah, you’re right. It’s not me. It IS you.”

And that no-shit-taken attitude is the backbone of ‘Love You Like A Brother’. From the stomping title track ‘Brother’ to the gently moving ‘Money’, Lahey’s debut long-player tells it like it is.

The album found Lahey back in the studio with production partner, and one-half of Holy Holy, Oscar Dawson (Ali Barter, British India). The pair pushed each other to create an intimate sonic experience that comprises scuzzy guitars thrumming over pop melodies, helmed by Lahey’s unfussy but arresting vocals.

The album’s songs traverse the everyday themes of family, heartbreak and identity. Lacey tells her stories with character… and dry humour – “I’ve figured it out,” she sings in ‘Awkward Exchange’, “you’re a bit of a dick” – but there are also moments of darkness. In ‘Taking Care’ she muses, “I’ve gained weight and I drink too much, maybe that’s why you don’t love me as much.”

‘Taking Care’ was written after Alex had an eye-opening conversation with her mother. “I was seeing someone who I knew wasn’t treating me well, and chose to ignore it, and I think my mum had picked up on it as well. She just said to me at the end of the conversation, ‘Alexandra, whatever you do, just make sure that you take care of yourself’.”

The poignant ‘Backpack’ is a tribute to Lahey’s latest relationship, and the unsure start it got off to. “When we first started going out, they warned me about how they’re really flighty, and I was like, ‘I just want you to stay. And I don’t know if you are.’ It’s just saying it’s hard to hold someone down if they’re always thinking about the next place that they’re going to. It’s hard to give someone a hug when they’re walking away. And sometimes it’s good to chase them down and be like, ‘Hey, I’m here.’”

And, in case the album’s title hadn’t given it away already, there’s a track for her brother too. “We don’t get a choice/So let’s stick together,” screams Lahey in ‘Brother’. That angsty love you’re hearing is easily explained by Lahey, “My brother and I clashed for a long time, and then all of a sudden as adults, we’re really close. I feel like this song is my gift to him.”

The themes of Alex Lahey’s album might be universal, but it’s the unique approach she takes unpacking them that’s earned her millions of Spotify streams, buzz-worthy showcases at SXSW and festival sets alongside the likes of Flume, The Kills, At The Drive-In and James Blake as well as guesting on tours with Catfish & The Bottlemen, Tegan & Sara and Blondie.
Mr. Atomic
Mr. Atomic
​Hailing from Boulder, Colorado, Mr. Atomic is comprised of four friends who describe themselves as "not your typical superheroes". The band made their debut into the Colorado music scene in April of 2015, six months after an initial meeting between lead singer/rhythm guitarist Boneth Ahaneku, lead guitarist Matt Stewart, and bassist Mitch Rushton birthed the idea of a music collaboration that would initiate the foundation of Mr. Atomic. Three drummers later, the band added Mike Suriano to round out their lineup.

With a complete lineup finally assembled, Mr. Atomic set out to solidify their sound, drawing influences from late 80s/90s rock bands such as No Doubt, Pixies, and Garbage. While playing shows at well-known venues in Denver such as Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, the Marquis Theatre, and Lost Lake Lounge, Mr. Atomic cultivated a dedicated following of fans within the Denver music scene with their melodic, grunge-tinted, punk rock music and lively stage presence. The year 2017 ushered in the release of their debut EP, "Avert the Skies", in early January, followed by a mini-tour across the Midwest, and the departure of Suriano. Mr. Atomic welcomed a new drummer, Ryan Fraser, into the band in August 2017.
Spirettes
Spirettes
Originally named after the band’s lead guitarist “Katey Sleeveless,” the power trio Spirettes (Kate Perdoni [guitar/vocals], Kellie Palmblad [bass/vocals], and Emily Gould [drums/vocals]) formed in Colorado Springs in spring 2017. The ethereal guitar-driven rock, supported by pop structures and sprinkled with myriad ghostly female vocals, launched a unique sound, style, and collaboration which quickly garnered interest and local notoriety.

Perdoni and Palmblad joined forces in 2015 through a mutual friend, embarking on musical collaborations in several pre-established projects. The two found immediate synergy, blending their musical tastes, writing styles, and aesthetics with reverb-heavy, atmospheric, layered soundscapes and vocals. Perdoni’s work in a previous project, Eros and the Eschaton (Bar/None Records), was richly accentuated by Palmblad’s vocal composition style from former experimental bands including Eyes Caught Fire. Perdoni and Palmblad, seeking to solidify their team, brought on drummer and vocalist Emily Gould. Armed with Gould’s keen sophistication and versatility -- informed by 18 years of playing in a variety of projects -- the group’s sound elevated to a hard-hitting power trio. Their combined creativity and emotive writing quickly cemented a foundation for the band’s forceful, raw, and lush expression of the female experience.
Venue Information:
Lost Lake
3602 E. Colfax Ave
Denver, CO, 80206
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