Comprised of multi-instrumentalists Alex Farrell-Davey and Allister Meffan, drummer Jayden Lee and bassist Marika Hodgson, emerging New Zealand band Alae are poised to take their sophisticated brand of indie pop to the world.
In early 2017, Alae’s debut EP was nominated for the Best Independent Release for the prestigious Taite Music Prize. Refusing to rest on their laurels, Alae hit the road through February and March, taking their music throughout New Zealand, and on to Australia.
Capping off a stellar 2017, the band’s freshly released single “Too Strung Up” was premiered on November 9 by Rolling Stone Australia and launched straight into Spotify’s prestigious New Music Friday playlist in New Zealand, Australia and the United States where followers number over 2.3 million. Further high profile international playlist additions across the platform have helped expose “Too Strung Up” to over 1.4 million new listeners across the world, breaking NZ records for local independent artists on the Spotify service. The acclaimed single “Stone Cold” has traced the same steps with another debut through Spotify’s New Music Friday in Australia, New Zealand and the USA and has featured on Apple Music’s ‘Best of the Week’ playlist after a Billboard.com video premiere.