Fresh from the release of her debut album I Love You Like A Brother, Alex Lahey returns to the UK to play her biggest London gig to date at Boston Music Room next week.

Ahead of what’s sure to be a fun-filled night from the bright and rising Melbourne star, we checked in with Alex for a rundown of the songs that have shaped her music and helped make her the artist she is today.

Michelle Branch – Everywhere

I feel that it’s only fitting to start this list with the first song I ever learned how to play on guitar. I remember getting the chords for this of Ultimate Guitar during the summer of my first year in high school and taught me the first few chords that got me started on the path of writing my own songs. This song has definitely stood the test of time and is a total banger – I come back to it regularly.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Cheated Hearts

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs were my favourite band in high school along with the Ramones and Karen O is still one of my all-time rock heroes. This track is from their Show Your Bones record that I was totally obsessed with when I was 14. I had the line ‘I think that I’m bigger than the sound’ written in permanent marker on my bookcase. Still give me the feels.

Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run

In my opinion, this is The Boss’ magnum opus. I love all the myths and legends that have been born from this song, but at the end of the day, I’m so happy to be lost in the mystery of its perfection. Last week, I wanted to get someone special to me a gift, so I bought them the Born To Run LP on vinyl. I think that says a lot about how I feel about this song and Bruce in general.

Taylor Swift – All Too Well

I know that Tay is a somewhat controversial figure, but no one can deny that this song is an absolute belter and probably one of the best ballads ever written. The imagery she employs is utterly visceral and heartbreaking – it’s like the most depressing picture book in the world. The line “I’m a crumpled up piece of paper lying here” is one of my favourite lyrics of all time.

Rooney – I’m Shakin’

This song selection is a homage to the influence the soundtrack of The OC has had on myself as a listener and subsequently as a songwriter. I honestly believe that the music supervisor for that show, Alexandra Patsavas, single handedly shaped the music tastes of an entire generation. To this day, I listen to new music and think “fuck, that should be on The OC”. What an aesthetic – I love it.

Alex Lahey plays Boston Music Room on 8th November.