Alex Lahey delivers some of her most innovative and imaginative work to date with ‘The Answer Is Always Yes’

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Alex Lahey delivers some of her most innovative and imaginative work to date with ‘The Answer Is Always Yes’

Photo Credit: Pooneh Ghana
Words by Alex Callan

Alex Lahey has announced a seven-date jaunt across Australia to celebrate the new album featuring singles ‘Good Time’, ‘Congratulations’, ‘They Wouldn’t Let Me In’, ‘Shit Talkin’’ and ‘The Sky Is Melting’.

At times, it seems like everyone likes Alex Lahey: everyone except Alex Lahey.

Ever since the release of her first album, I Love You Like A Brother in 2017, the Melbourne-based multi-instrumentalist has had Australians in awe, with her witty observational style of lyricism and downtrodden punk-rock riffs becoming a clear staple amongst the Australian festival circuit.

‘The Answer Is Always Yes’ Australian Tour

Fri 4 August | Miami Marketta | Gold Coast, QLD
Sat 5 August | The Brightside | Brisbane, QLD
Fri 11 August | Lion Arts Factory | Adelaide, SA
Sat 12 August | Rosemount Hotel | Perth, WA
Fri 18 August | Crow Bar | Sydney, NSW
Sat 19 August | Night Cat | Melbourne, VIC
Sun 20 August | Sooki Lounge | Belgrave, VIC

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

But where most listeners find relatability and transparency in her perceptive lyrics, the artist herself seems to find fault, often holding herself to account by highlighting her flaws before listeners or critics ever get the chance to.

From acknowledging that writing a song inspired by drug use is “such a fucking cliche” (‘The Sky Is Melting’), to lamenting the fact that she’s “been here before, playing the same fucking three chords,” (‘Permanent’), on her new, highly anticipated 10-track third album, Lahey’s a songwriter who is very weary of accepting praise.

Whether a result of her self-doubt or just a lack of faith in how the audience will interpret her music, Lahey isn’t just afraid of praise, she seemingly thinks she’s undeserving of it, with songs like the closing track ‘The Answer Is Always Yes’ openly grappling with the fear that her success may be fleeting.

But that’s what makes it so exciting. With Lahey’s fear of being replaced helping to push the artist into previously unchartered territories, The Answer Is Always Yes delivers some of her most innovative and imaginative work to date, even if she doesn’t think so.

To celebrate the album, Lahey also announced she’ll be bringing her The Answer Is Always Yes tour to fans across the nation this August, with triple j presenting live dates on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Belgrave. Currently sharpening her tools internationally – three UK solo shows knocked out, with a 23-date North American tour – Lahey has a record of incredible live performances with a side of wholesome shenanigans.

Tickets to see Alex Lahey on her The Answer Is Always Yes Australian tour with Illuminati Hotties are on sale now. To get yours, head here