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Alex Lahey

I Love You Like a Brother

Dead Oceans

Oct 04, 2017 Alex Lahey Bookmark and Share

For many, your early 20s is a time for self-discovery. It’s for late nights and late mornings, sleeping with the wrong people and sometimes sleeping with the right people. It’s a time for falling down but getting back up and trying again. On I Love You Like a Brother, Alex Lahey shares scenes from her own period of self-discovery, which makes for a fierce and incredibly fun debut full-length LP.

On her journey, Lahey finds a friend in her brother (“I Love You Like a Brother”) and a stable partnership (“Backpack”), but the record standouts happen when Lahey and her bandmates zoom through spells of heartache with candidness and in a sharp pop-punk style. “Every Day’s the Weekend” jitters with the reckless energy that comes with being young, “Perth Traumatic Stress Disorder” gives the middle finger to a picturesque place tainted by a breakup, and “Lotto in Reverse” sounds like a frustrated scream in a back alley that’s littered with losing lottery tickets. It’s this high-energy that makes I Love You Like a Brother tough to resist. (

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December 12th 2017


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