REVIEW: Alex Lahey kicks off national tour at Newcastle’s 48 Watt Street

Alex Lahey w/ Sloan Peterson + Rachel Maria Cox – 48 Watt St – Wednesday October 6th

After nabbing the Triple J feature album with her latest release I Love You Like A Brother, fans turned out in droves to catch Alex Lahey’s performance at 48 Watt St on Wednesday night. Joined by the likes of Sloan Peterson and Newcastle’s very own Rachel Maria Cox, this was truly a night to celebrate female and non-binary artists who are consistently producing incredible music.

For many artists, it has become far too tempting to play into the stereotypical emotional pop genre by creating tracks with all of the emotions and none of the substance, which is a trope that Rachel Maria Cox definitely doesn’t play into. If you’re not sure what I mean by this, sit yourself down for a week long marathon of The Bachelor and tell me that you don’t feel hollow, yet wildly dramatic afterwards.

Trashy prime time television aside, Rachel Maria Cox delivered a set filled with poignant lyrics, punchy riffs and melancholic undertones. A prominent player on the local scene, RMC is a welcome reminder of how many talented artists there are right here in Newcastle.

If the name Sloan Peterson sounds unfamiliar to you, then there’s a good chance that you found yourself celebrating hump day with that cheeky glass of ‘chardy’ on the couch. To be fair, I also enjoy consuming large glasses of wine in my pyjamas, but you’ve definitely missed out on something very special by skimping on the live music.

With a combination of charming indie pop and 90’s rock, Sloan Peterson caught the attention of the crowd from the very first note. One of the strongest up-and-comers in the music industry, Peterson’s infectious melodies had the whole venue tapping their feet; at one point I even saw upper body dancing coming from within the crowd. Outrageous, I know. Big things are coming for Sloan Peterson, and you should count yourself very lucky if you managed to catch her intimate set at 48 Watt St on Wednesday night.

I Love You Like A Brother seems to reads a lot like Lahey’s romantic history, with the majority of the songs detailing break ups or tales of falling in love. The combination of angst, unrequited love and familiarity are truly what makes this album, allowing the audience to connect with Lahey’s music through their own equally relatable situations and experiences.

@alex_lahey at @48wattstreet tonight 🤘🤘#livemusic #alexlahey #iloveyoulikeabrother #newcastle #48wattstreet

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After Wednesday’s performance, I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed when I began listening to I Love You Like A Brother on Spotify; tracks like Backpack seemed to became quite lacklustre and subdued on the record compared to the live performance. This is not to say that Lahey’s studio album is bland, rather the opposite really; the notable difference between the live and recorded tracks is truly a testament to her dynamic stage presence.

While this was easily the loudest gigs to have ever graced 48 Watt St, the crowd seemed relatively unphased by their eardrums bursting throughout the set. Wedged in amongst some of her latest singles like I Haven’t Been Taking Care of Myself and the gritty rock hit, Lotto In Reverse, Lahey took on Natalie Imbruglia’s Torn and managed to incite an even wilder response from the audience.

🎉you don't think you like people like me✌🏼

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I Love You Like A Brother is an impressive debut album that Alex Lahey should be proud of. Aside from the idiot who yelled out, ‘Do a shoey’, this was a fantastic gig and was well worth the four coffees I needed to stay upright at work the following day.

Bree Smith

Bree is a Newcastle import who survives off British television and hummus. She spends the majority of her time chasing bands up and down the east coast or lost in a wormhole of related artists on Spotify.

Written by Bree Smith

Bree is a Newcastle import who survives off British television and hummus. She spends the majority of her time chasing bands up and down the east coast and one day hopes to impress people by being able to play more than one song on guitar.

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