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Alex Lahey Shares New Song “Unspoken History”

The Best of Luck Club Due Out May 17 via Dead Oceans

May 08, 2019
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Australian singer/songwriter Alex Lahey is releasing a new album, The Best of Luck Club, on May 17 via Dead Oceans. Now she has shared another song from the album, the ballad "Unspoken History," which is the third and final pre-release single from the album. Listen below, followed by her upcoming history.

Lahey had this to say about the song in a press release: "When I was in Nashville, I spent some time in a tiny writing room creating songs for this record. Towards the end of that time, I felt as though I was starting to exhaust my output and was starting to become complacent about what I had left to give. On one of my last days there, I was lent a guitar that was set up in a variation on open D tuning, which is something I never play in. In the process of nutting out chords and voicing in this tuning, the melody to the verses just came out. When I started putting words to it, it started off as being about one thing, but then morphed into something else, creating its own path very organically."

Previously Lahey shared a video for The Best of Luck Club's first single, "Don't Be so Hard on Yourself," which features a prominent saxophone solo from Lahey and was one of our Songs of the Week. Then she shared another song from the album, "Am I Doing It Right," which was also one of our Songs of the Week.

The album is the follow-up to her 2017-released debut album, I Love You Like a Brother (it was our joint Album of the Week and one of our favorites albums of that year). Lahey began writing The Best of Luck Club in Nashville, sometimes locking herself in a room for 12-hour days. Then the album was recorded over the course of a month in her hometown of Melbourne at Sing Sing South. Lahey co-produced the album alongside Grammy-winning producer Catherine Marks (Local Natives, St. Vincent, Manchester Orchestra). Lahey plays nearly every instrument on the album, with the appearance of the saxophone a reference to her past studying jazz saxophone at university. 

Lahey had this to say about the album in a previous press release: "In Nashville I was really inspired by the dive bar scene there and the idea that at these dive bars there's no pretentious energy. Whether you've had the best day of your life or the worst day of your life, you can just sit up at the bar and turn to the person next to you - who has no idea who you are - and have a chat. And the response that you generally get at the end of the conversation is, 'Best of luck,' so The Best of Luck Club is that place."

The previous press release described the sound of the album as such: "The Best of Luck Club picks up where Brother left off, but sprints forward with killer hooks, her acute sense of humor, and a more polished sound. Throughout, Lahey's sharp songwriting and propensity for taking personal minute details and transforming them into anthemic pop-punk is showcased as she sings about self-doubt, break-ups, mental health, moving in with her girlfriend, vibrators, and generational ennui. Here, Lahey documents 'the highest highs and the lowest lows' of her life to date."

Read our 2017 interview with Alex Lahey.

Alex Lahey Tour Dates:

Thu. May 9 - Brighton, UK @ Komedia Brighton
Fri. May 10 - Brighton, UK @ The Walrus
Sat. May 11 - Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape
Sun. May 12 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Mon. May 13 - Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
Wed. May 15 - Belfast, UK @ Empire Music Hall
Thu. May 16 - Dublin, IR @ The Grand Social
Fri. May 17 - Liverpool, UK @ Arts Club
Sun. May 19 - Leicester, UK @ The Cookie
Mon. May 20 - Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
Thu. May 23 - London, UK @ Oslo
Thu. June 6 - Adelaide, AU @ The Gov
Fri. June 7 - Perth, AU @ Rock Rover
Thu. June 13 - Brisbane, AU @ The Tivoli
Fri. June 14 - Canberra, AU @ The Basement
Sat. June 15 - Sydney, AU @ Metro Theatre
Sat. June 22 - Melbourne, AU @ Forum Melbourne
Fri. Aug. 9 - Sun. Aug. 11 - San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
Tue. Aug. 13 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
Wed. Aug. 14 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Thu. Aug. 16 - Austin, TX @ Antone's
Sat. Aug. 17 - Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Co.
Mon. Aug. 19 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Tue. Aug. 20 - Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
Thu. Aug. 22 - Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
Fri. Aug. 23 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sat. Aug. 24 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
Sun. Aug. 25 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Tue. Aug. 27 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Wed. Aug. 28 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
Sun. Sep. 1 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
Tue. Sep. 3 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

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