‘I’m not Amy Shark’: Alex Lahey on the day thousands mistakenly involved her job

I had yet to launch a cd when I was welcomed to play the Bendigo leg of Groovin the Moo celebration in May 2017. Up till factor, the largest programs I had actually played had actually been to concerning 400 individuals in Melbourne.

Montaigne got on the celebration schedule and also she was weak so they mixed every person around. Amy Shark– that was riding the wave of Adore and also having a genuine minute– obtained bumped from the large camping tent to the major phase and also they updated me and also my band from the fucken parking lot or something to the large camping tent.

All of it occurred swiftly, so the chance that the details was shared to the whole group was really not likely. We reached the job and also right before we began I saw the camping tent had like 7,000 individuals in it. I assumed: “Fuck. All these individuals are right here to see Amy Shark and also she’s not mosting likely to come on phase. It’s mosting likely to be me!”

I strolled on and also the initial point I claimed was: “I’m truly sorry, I’m not Amy Shark, yet my name’s Alex Lahey and also we’re mosting likely to play a truly great program for you.” There were a couple of boos.

Up till after that, I had actually constantly played little spaces and also I really felt truly comfy because domain name, so it had not been till my mouth opened up and also we began carrying out the initial tune that I resembled: “Divine spunk, I have massive phase shock.” I Love You Like a Brother was the opener and also there’s very little space to take in that tune. I was attempting to trap as much air as I might and also maintain my equilibrium. My knees went truly weak– they resorted to jelly. I had that experience where you’re concurrently truly cool and also sweating.

There were these large LED displays behind the phase yet we had not ready anything for them, so they installed supply photos of fires the whole time– it appeared like some type of Device reveal with this white woman vocal singing indie rock.

Alex Lahey at Groovin the Moo
‘ As soon as my legs quit drinking I was attempting to do my finest Bruce Springsteen.’ Picture: Giulia Giannini McGauran

I really felt fashionable and also truly woozy. It was so out of any type of fact I had actually taken into consideration– looking down the barrel of 7,000 individuals before me with fires on this display behind me. It resembled a runaway train. As soon as my legs quit drinking I was attempting to do my finest Bruce Springsteen,

He’s the utmost field big-crowd rock ‘n’ roll guy. Whenever I believe: “Just how do you catch that target market in those substantial scenarios?” he’s the person.

I was believing: “This is a stunning mishap and also it may never ever take place once again, so simply have a fun time– remain in the minute and also appreciate it.”You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me The second-last tune we played was

It had actually made the Three-way J Best 100 that year and also when I saw individuals singing along, that’s when the “I need to win you over” mindset left and also I might simply take pleasure in the program.

When the adrenaline begins, you allow it take you away and also you react to that. I had this half-hour home window where I had these individuals that had not concern see me, yet– and also this was the important things that frustrated me– they all remained.

I was playing a white Fender Mustang and also at the end of the job I tossed my guitar to my phase technology– it was among those rock ‘n’ roll points I had actually constantly wished to do. There’s a terrific image where the guitar is in mid-air and also mosting likely to him. It was a traditional Bruce step. When we obtained welcomed back to do the whole Groovin the Moo celebration trip the list below year I did the very same guitar technique yet I really did not toss it much sufficient and also it simply pounded straight to the ground. That guitar has actually currently done its dashboard.

  • That 2017 Groovin the Moo program was me concurrently enduring a dream and also attempting to determine exactly how to do it. It was the development minute– a genuine zero-to-hero experience.See here Alex Lahey’s most recent solitary Spike the Strike is out currently.

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