9th November | The Louisiana

Alex Lahey’s debut album tour sees her perform to crowds spanning continents and multiple months of touring. This being the seventh date of this tour, Alex certainly seemed suitably settled into her show, with the experience and comfort of a seasoned performer.

Supported by Speed Skater, a local Bristol band that appear punkier and livelier than their Bandcamp page suggests. They indulged in shameless self-promotion that was teamed with such clear friendship, humility and hilarity that it brought the punters into their fold. Male vocals are complimented by the higher pitched females of the band, teaming dreamy indie-rock with heavier guitars. Despite acknowledging their lack of practice in the past three months, they were exciting, uplifting and a compliment to what would come from Alex Lahey.

Slipping on stage in a way only The Louisiana caters for, she rocks up to the mic proclaiming her happiness at having sold out the venue. She sings through her sweeping dark fringe in a punk-esque way that seems entirely fitting despite her surprisingly soft vocals.

A beautifully tight performance, Alex and her band contrast the breezier numbers that have a distinctly Australian surf-rock vibe with the punchier pieces. The joys of live music were perfectly demonstrated through the guitar riffs in ‘I Want U’, in a way that just cannot be captured on record. Meanwhile the crowd responded well to ‘Awkward Exchange,’ filling in any absent backing vocals and enthusiastically pointing fingers in the air, a latter trait which continued throughout the show.

The set list places all her hits including ‘I Love You Like A Brother,’ ‘Every Day’s The Weekend’ and ‘I Want U,’ at key moments of the set keeping the crowd suitable enthralled.

Her lyrics live up to their reputation; she sings with such clarity as to allow the audience to fully immerse themselves in her poetic but simplistic comments on millennial life. Lines like ‘you’re the best night sleep I’ve ever had’ in ‘Wes Anderson’ welcome gig-goers to sing along. Whilst lyrics like ‘I like you but I really don’t like you,’ despite the lack of logic surely are demonstrative of youthful confusion.

Some interludes in music are marked with Alex’s fast paced but eloquent chat featuring anecdotes from tour and her tradition of marking each gig with a MVP. She also revealed the inspiration behind the ending of ‘I Love You Like A Brother’ being Youtube videos and weather-women. At other points she turns toward her band, commencing the next track with slight nods of her head, making those moments of chat all the more poignant.

The penultimate song was a surprising supplement; a rendition of ‘Torn’ by Natalie Imburglia that was still somehow in-keeping with the rest of the show and delivered with complete authenticity. In a nod to the little-known origins of the song, she ironically points out the songwriters are not Aussie.

She speaks about a need she felt to come back to Bristol after opening a show for Tegan and Sara a number of years back. Showering the Bristol proud crowd with further anecdotes of European compliments on their hometown worked well, completing the narrative with enthusiastic promises to return.

Watch the video for ‘Every Day Is The Weekend’ below.