Sep 202013

Once Upon a Time:

Around six years ago – a tall, shy teenager with a Lyle Lovett circa 1985 haircut ambled into Pure Pop Records store. He shuffled about looking at this and that before introducing himself properly as an aspiring musician to proprietor Dave Stevens. Naturally Dave promptly offered him a gig playing in the intimate confines of the Pure Pop Courtyard that very Friday night.

When the very young, very shy Alex Lashlie opened his mouth that first night, he revealed a stunning Buckley-esque voice and a lyrical sensibility that belied his tender years and enthralled the crowd. He was invited to play again and again. And again.

And so it began.

Alex played every Friday for the next 18 months and became one of Pure Pop’s favourite artists. Audiences watched in wonder while his raw talent developed over the months. He made lots of musical friends through Dave and through his performances at Pure Pop and was invited to play more gigs, even scoring a coveted guest spot on one of Melbourne’s best musical events, Charles Jenkins’ Winter Ball 2012.

Then Alex went to Europe and played gigs there and wrote a bunch of songs, as you do when you’re 20 and you’re in Europe. When he returned to Oz he formed the band Alex & The Shy Lashlies with Etta Curry and Jeff May and took this tightly knit troupe into the studio to record two new songs for the newly reborn Pure Pop Records label.

Ancient history lesson:

Pure Pop Records began life as a record label run from a spare bedroom and released a number of CD’s up until 2005 when Dave bought the Pure Pop Records store.

“The label was put on hiatus, but we’re back. It’s absolutely fitting and proper that the first release on the reborn label is Pure Pop homeboy Alex Lashlie with Alex & The Shy Lashlies’ stunning double-A side 7″ vinyl single. I know this is the beginning of great things for Alex and for my label, too,” he said.

Alex & The Shy Lashlies and Pure Pop Records are thrilled to present Eleven Hours/While You Were Sleeping

Get it through Pure Pop Records now here:

You can get an ear full here:

Here’s the Triple J Unearthed link:

And catch up with the band on Facebook here:

Alex & the Shy Lashlies Tour Dates:

Wed Oct 2 – Sydney – Folk Club @ The Soda Factory

Thu Oct 3 – Newcastle – The Lass O’Gowrie Hotel

Fri Oct 4 – Erina – Six String Brewing Co

Sat Oct 5 – Sydney – My Bondi Riot

Wed Oct 9 – Canberra – The Front Gallery

Thu Oct 17 – Adelaide – Grace Emily Hotel

Fri Oct 25 – Hobart – Brisbane Hotel

Sun Nov 10 – Maroochydore – Sol Bar

Thu Nov 14 – Brisbane – Beetle Bar

Sat Nov 16 – Byron Bay – The Treehouse

Wed Nov 20 – Melbourne – The Toff In Town