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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.
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