January 2017

Urban Spread returns with its most anticipated line-up to date as The Jezabels and special guest Alex Lahey team up for a series of special suburban shows in January 2017.

After rocking the suburbs last summer with the likes of The Rubens, Dead Letter Circus,, Frenzal Rhomb and Seth Sentry to name but a few, Urban Spread kicks off the summer with the inspired pairing of Aussie alt-rock darlings The Jezabels and the biggest buzz act on the singer/songwriter scene Alex Lahey, playing shows in Geelong, Chelsea Heights and Mulgrave.

The Jezabels

"What's a girl to do, standing in the spotlight?" It's a fine question to ponder as the curtain rises on The Jezabels' third album. High expectations are a given now, seven years since those first EPs began their slow burn from Sydney to the world; four since PRISONER scooped the Australian Music Prize and set stages ablaze from Splendour to Lollapalooza. "What's it gonna be? Maybe it's a broken heart." Yeah, they know that feeling too, after the turmoil of illness and dislocation surrounding their aptly titled second album, THE BRINK. Don't even ask. Just cue a second #2 debut and another spectacular global onslaught. What's a band to do? The answer is short but loaded to the teeth… SYNTHIA. "Previously I've shrouded myself a lot in mystery and the language of romanticism; played roles and stuff — which reflected some kind of truth about how I felt as a woman," Hayley says." Now I feel like I can be much more upfront about all that. The truth about how it feels to be a woman has become a much more prominent part of the general conversation in the last couple of years," she says. "These are exciting times. I think we've made an album that celebrates that."

Alex Lahey

After a cracking set at Splendour In The Grass earlier this year, Alex Lahey is thrilled to release her debut EP, B-Grade University. Lahey hocked her beloved 1999 blue Corolla to pay for the recording of her EP Produced by Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy, Ali Barter) and the sacrifice is proving to be well worth it. With an overwhelming response to her infectious first single You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me, Alex quickly won over a new audience of fans, including the attention of Triple J and FBi radio, who immediately added the track to rotation. The success of the single saw Lahey score the highly coveted ‘Best New Track’ nod from Pitchfork, and in the same week she was named as recipient of the Josh Pyke Partnership award. Shortly after Alex snared the opening spot on the main stage of Splendour In The Grass for Triple J Unearthed, all incredible accolades for an artist yet to release a first EP. More recently, Alex launched her second single Let’s Go Out, playing the first show of the single tour to a packed out Penny Black in Melbourne. Punters scrambled to find a spot to see Alex with her new four-piece band play an electric show that left the elated crowd wanting more.