Nine months after releasing her sophomore album, Alex Lahey has released new single “Sucker for Punishment.”
On the track, the Melbourne-based musician leans into her punk tendencies as she laments bad habits of the digital age. “Jesus Christ/I’m scrolling all the time,” Lahey sings over buzzing guitars and a mosh pit-worthy bass line.
“We’re living in an era we’re the micro has become the macro. I don’t think there has ever been a time where our actions and attitudes as individuals have had such an impact on broader humanity and the planet,” said Lahey in a release.
Lahey continued, “Whether it’s a ‘think about it later’ attitude towards climate change, the undemocratic consequences of sharing personal data to big business online, a lethargicness in the face of political engagement or the need to be validated as a worthwhile individual through obtaining arbitrary units of engagement on social media – we need to catch ourselves out before we suffer greater consequences.”
The socially-conscious single was announced alongside a slate of new North American tour dates. Lahey will hit six cities in California including San Diego, Los Angeles, Oakland and Sacramento from May 30 to June 6. The Australian artist will also perform in Portland and Seattle in June.
The new dates join Lahey’s previously announced U.K. and European dates launching in March. The singer will then return to Australia for seven stops prior to her North American trek.
Listen to “Sucker for Punishment” below and check out a full list of North American dates.
Alex Lahey tour dates:
May 30 — San Diego, CA @ Casbah
May 31 — Costa Mesa, CA @ The Wayfarer
June 1 — Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
June 3 — San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
June 5 — Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club Crystal Cavern
June 6 — Sacramento, CA @ The Starlet Room at Harlow’s
June 8 — Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
June 9 — Seattle, WA @ Barboza