Australian singer-songwriter Alex Lahey visits Philadelphia’s World Café Live in support of her debut album “I Love You Like a Brother”

“Last time we were here, we played for about 12 people. So this is a vast improvement” Alex Lahey said, thanking the crowd for coming to her show. “There was this professor guy who came on before us and was giving a lecture about crystals, and he certainly had a bigger crowd than us.”

Fresh off her first late night TV appearance at Late Night with Seth Meyers, the Australian musician took the stage with her band at the upstairs section of Philadelphia’s World Café Live on Friday, November 17th. She is currently touring North America in support of her debut album, Love You Like a Brother, released at the start of October.

Lahey continuously expressed gratitude for her Philadelphia audience, “We love Philly! It’s great to be back here”, she repeated a few times. Her music, floating between rock, pop, and punk, was beautifully delivered onstage – transmitting a more personable and vibrant feeling live than on the record.

Lahey is a casual performer, very comfortable in front of a crowd, and achieves a great balance between interaction with the crowd and playing her music. Anecdotes were common between songs, and the crowd was told how NBC received “the shells of four Australians” to perform on Seth Meyers the day before since they were all tired and suffering from jet lag, and expressed curiosity about spending her first Thanksgiving in the country – “it’s the turkey one, right? Pumpkin pie? We’ll have that”.

Standouts of the set were opener “Every Day’s the Weekend”, which kickstarted the show with high energy and her most well-known song, “Backpack”, which featured a stellar guitar solo, and Lahey’s cover of Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn”, first recorded for Australian radio station Triple J. It was common consensus that the set had gone too fast by the time Lahey stepped offstage.

Alex Lahey’s star seems to be shining brighter by the day – a wonderfully fun and beautifully made debut LP, a national TV appearance, and endless touring, are only a few of the feats she has accomplished in under 2 months. Her future is promising, and seeing her perform and interact with the crowd with such ease makes it certain that she’ll be moving on to bigger venues and much greater things in the nearby future. Keep your eyes out for Alex Lahey, and if you haven’t yet, indulge in her great debut album in the meantime.

Nicole Almeida

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Australian singer-songwriter Alex Lahey visits Philadelphia’s World Café Live in support of her debut album “I Love You Like a Brother”

“Last time we were here, we played for about 12 people. So this is a vast improvement” Alex Lahey said, thanking the crowd for coming to her show. “There was this professor guy who came on before us and was giving a lecture about crystals, and he certainly had a bigger crowd than us.”

Fresh off her first late night TV appearance at Late Night with Seth Meyers, the Australian musician took the stage with her band at the upstairs section of Philadelphia’s World Café Live on Friday, November 17th. She is currently touring North America in support of her debut album, Love You Like a Brother, released at the start of October.

Lahey continuously expressed gratitude for her Philadelphia audience, “We love Philly! It’s great to be back here”, she repeated a few times. Her music, floating between rock, pop, and punk, was beautifully delivered onstage – transmitting a more personable and vibrant feeling live than on the record.

Lahey is a casual performer, very comfortable in front of a crowd, and achieves a great balance between interaction with the crowd and playing her music. Anecdotes were common between songs, and the crowd was told how NBC received “the shells of four Australians” to perform on Seth Meyers the day before since they were all tired and suffering from jet lag, and expressed curiosity about spending her first Thanksgiving in the country – “it’s the turkey one, right? Pumpkin pie? We’ll have that”.

Standouts of the set were opener “Every Day’s the Weekend”, which kickstarted the show with high energy and her most well-known song, “Backpack”, which featured a stellar guitar solo, and Lahey’s cover of Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn”, first recorded for Australian radio station Triple J. It was common consensus that the set had gone too fast by the time Lahey stepped offstage.

Alex Lahey’s star seems to be shining brighter by the day – a wonderfully fun and beautifully made debut LP, a national TV appearance, and endless touring, are only a few of the feats she has accomplished in under 2 months. Her future is promising, and seeing her perform and interact with the crowd with such ease makes it certain that she’ll be moving on to bigger venues and much greater things in the nearby future. Keep your eyes out for Alex Lahey, and if you haven’t yet, indulge in her great debut album in the meantime.

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