Monday, April 3, 2023

Alex Lahey - "They Wouldn't Let Me In"

Photo by Pooneh Ghana

Alex Lahey has always skirted the line of being too pop for my own personal taste, but has stayed just barely on the right side for my inner music snob to enjoy her music. Her latest single, "They Wouldn't Let Me In," might just be her more rock yet. It's still a pop song by far, but there are some strong elements of early 80's more rock based New Wave, and even some post-punk guitars to keep things interesting. It's like a bizarre mixture of Blondie, The J. Geils Band, and Mission of Burma, but... you know... pop, that should not work at all, but does in a spectacular fashion. As with all Alex Lahey songs, "They Wouldn't Let Me In" is an absolute auditory blast that won't even require you to check your snobbery at the door.

Alex Lahey says of her new single:

“After watching the brilliant tv series ‘Heartstopper,’ I spent a lot of time thinking about my own experiences growing up as a queer teenager. Although I was extremely lucky that the majority of my experience was filled with joy, acceptance and love, it wasn’t always smooth sailing. This song is inspired by those tougher moments - not being allowed to attend my high school girlfriend’s school formal, being excluded from conventional romantic rites of passage, moments of isolation and feeling like I couldn’t relate to anyone around me. ‘They Wouldn’t Let Me In’ is by far the most direct song I’ve ever written about this time.”

You can watch the video for "They Wouldn't Let Me In" below. The Answer is Always Yes is due out May 19 on Liberation Records, and can be pre-ordered here. For more on Alex Lahey, check out the artist on Facebook and Instagram. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.

Fri. May 19 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation RoomSat. May 20 - Los Angeles, CA @ ZebulonSun. May 21 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the HillTue. May 23 - Portland, OR @ Polaris HallWed. May 24 - Seattle, WA @ Madame LousFri. May 26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby CourtSat. May 27 - Denver, CO @ Lost LakeTue. May 30 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street entryWed. May 31 - Chicago, IL @ SchubasFri. June 2 - Columbus, OH @ Ace of CupsSat. June 3 - Cleveland, OH @ MahallsSun. June 4 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet UndergroundTue. June 6 - Boston, MA @ Crystal BallroomWed. June 7 - New York, NY @ Baby’s All RightFri. June 9 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny BrendasSun. June 11 - Washington, DC @ SongbyrdMon. June 12 - Durham, NC @ Motorco Music HallTue. June 13 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade PurgatoryThu. June 15 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall UpstairsFri. June 16 - Austin, TX @ ParishSat. June 17 - Dallas, TX @ Club DadaTue. June 20 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel LoungeWed. June 21 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

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