Meet the Band
alae is what you get when you mix multi-instrumentalists Alex Farrell-Davey and Allister Meffan; two old high school mates who are talented musicians in their own right, but when they come together, it’s something else entirely. They are an emerging, local NZ band with a world class sound that needs to be experienced to be understood.
alae aren’t the status quo, they’re not sugar-coated or created in a lab - they got together because, for them, jamming together just feels right. And you'll feel that in everything you hear.
Coming to prominence in 2016, alae delivered their intimate folk inspired sounds throughout the country with solo gigs and nationwide support slots for Anna Coddington, Hollie Smith and a sell-out Auckland show with Boston’s Lake Street Dive. Their self-titled, 6 song debut EP was recorded at Roundhead Studios and released in November 2016, along with 6 stunning music videos to accompany. The emotive two piece then wrapped a stellar year with an entrancing mainstage set at the legendary NZ festival Rhythm & Vines on December 31st 2016.
Continuing that momentum into 2017, alae’s debut EP was nominated for the Best Independent Release for the prestigious Taite Music Prize. Not content with sitting on their laurels, alae hit the road through February and March, taking their music throughout NZ and on to Melbourne and Sydney where they played across the ditch for the first time in celebration of new single Things Change. The NZ On Air supported track was added to rotate on The Edge, Radio Hauraki, More FM, The Hits and ZM with the video play-listed on Edge TV and MTV NZ & AU with over 150k plays of the video received through Facebook alone.
Aligning with the release of their next single “1 to 3” which released mid-August, alae packed their bags for an 8-date headlining nationwide tour, hitting 6 stages across New Zealand and then into Australia for 4 gigs across August and September. alae’s debut album is scheduled for release in March 2018.