LA ROCKSTEADY – ‘NOTHING WITHOUT YOU’ FEAT. ALIUS
LA Rocksteady returns with latest single ‘Nothing Without You’. The track features the producer’s distinctive sound of heavily distorted synthesizes and guitars.
Enlisting support from Alius on vocals, ‘Nothing Without You’ is in the LA Rocksteady’s words “an 80’s Action Movie French electro vibe”.
Based in Melbourne, La Rocksteady is an electronic act incorporating rock, pop and disco influence into ‘stadium rock’, coloured by grungy bars, filthy unisex toilets, Tuesday night lock-ins, skinny jeans, Japanese engines and Cold War time machines.
‘Nothing Without You’ follows on from LA Rocksteady’s debut EP 1987 released last year; and is the first taste of the upcoming 5-track EP New York. TV. Ice Cream. Travel. Good Times. due for release in November.
STREAM NOTHING WITH YOU – http://bit.ly/larocksteady-SC
Available July 29 via Xelon/Velcro
My attempt at covering a game of football. Make this what you will
I wake at 10 to a text from Miriam saying street bar at 11:30. I got the call up so thats were i gotta be. I walk to the bakery to get me and my housemate Cath and i breakfast. Meat pie for me, onion pie for her. As i walk out the bakery Tim Rogers walks past me. Hes wearing a beautiful light colored suit and hat. Tells me what a glorious day it is for a game of football and tells me he/ll tell me hes Turbonegro story when i see him next. Walk home, give Cath her pie. Shes off to the game to with mates of hers. I walk down to the street bar for further breakfast. On the way i see Garth and his mates aving a BBQ outside his place. I already love the community spirit is see going on. I arrive at the bar late. Miriam is there as is Jack and Georgia. Jack wearing one of his army coats that i love, and Georgia wearing a beautiful full length red dress. The group is on the Gordons gin while i start with a Canadian Club dry. Its is a beautiful day, and i say something like we/re living the dream. Gabe walks past and says hes gotta work, bloody shame that. Rosie comes by then we are joined by Geoff the Viking and Juri. The usual traffic problems go on in front of us as is that comes with the end of the trams stop on Acland and Barkly. We discuss the tram stop proposal and what will become of the village Belle. Miriam Jack and Georgia head to the game with Juzi and Johnny join us. Johnny says what did i tell you last year bout the scarf combo. He called me a cunt last time, then again several people did. Sigh. Bout 12:30 we walk to the ground. Love Johnnys red flannie and he tells me its from France, for free. Walk to the ground, and theres a fucking line again. A bloke on an acoustic guitar is playing American Ruse. Really? No one should lover MC5 on an acoustic guitar without a permit. Thinking im going to be in line for ages, some bloke ushers me Johnny and Juzi as we don/t ave bags. Run to the bar naturally. Johnny grabs me a beer, i forget what it was. Johnny, i owe you a drink next hook. See Rosie and Georgia at the ground, and also Mikey, ive always got time for him. Top bloke. We discuss the art of record shopping for a long time, talk about our mutual love of Poison City and Heartland Records. I tell him i recently brought the new Bob Mould LP and he tells me bout a local act called Terry. Leaping Larry L walks past, one of the best creative minds this country has to offer his hear. Look forward to his call as always. Mattie O walks past asks how i am. I always look out for the Matts. Toorak Mick stops by as does a fellow on crutches. Two of my favs, Fiona and the hardest working muso in St Kilda Jack Howard are here. Think Fi said something bout the scarfs. Ross Wilson does his reworking of Eagle Rock. I liked Daddy Cool but i aint big on the original, this is very good. JVG walks past in a very nice white suit. He tells me not to talk to loud as he has mic in hand. Pauline Bailey says hi and thanks for the zine.
I look at my watch and confirm at 1:16PM i break the seal.
Mikey and i got for a walk round the ground. Someone comes up and rubs me sideburns and its Amy, one of me favourite people ever, my Ralph Steadman. Amy just got back from holiday told me i gotta do it. Said she didnt regret a cent or second. Shes with Ruby and introduces me to two of her former co workers. So good to ave Amy back in the country. I see Gaz from Hell walk past but he don/t hear me. Im a bit said as i don/t see any of the Collingwood quorum of Jackie, Pete Rob, and the Rockdogz President Fred. I get a text from Mr President saying hes in Gravys rehearsal and asked me to keep him up to date with the score. Liz walks past. She tells me my scarfs are wrong is saw there right. We disagree but its all good. Game starts, Dogs get the early advantage, i need to leak again. No line thank god. Quarter time Dogz lead 18 to 8. Biggsy says line of the day when he refers to last years margin as like beating Old Yeller. Leapster reminds us to keep real dogs on leashes, and says Biggsy would prefer kids on leashes, Biggsy says something bout breeders. Seriously, why hasn/t Leaps, Biggs or Ruari been in the mix to replace Denis Cometti? DON/T GIVE US LUKE DARCY OR BT. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON/T.
Second quarter i go for a walk to the Pure Pop end, as Bernie Carr has called it, which is the scoreboard end. I see Lucian, always great seeing him. Simon from the Interceptors and his lovely wife Jane greet me with friendly hello as always. Simon gives me an Interceptors badge, very thoughtful. Waz comes round, like me he thinks why isn/t there this many people seeing live music everyweek in Melbourne. In the beer line Geezer is there, as is Ciaran. He got me onto a writer called Andy Mitten, my new favourite soccer writer. He don/t approve of the Collingwood scarf but i said i gotta support the team. He agrees and we separate on that note. I see a lady named Deb, who refers to me as Annes mate, i refer to her as Annes mate too. Half time, i text the Rockdogz president, Dogs up 37 to 10. I inform the president, he replies with go dogs! Gravys are up by 110 go gravys. As i walk round the ground i see Liz again, and see Polly. She tells me of how she got a photo of her dog with Tim Rogers. I see Mikey and chat with him again, Tim Rogers winks at me but does not approve of the scarf combo. I hear the band playing but to occupied to notice.
I catch up with Miriam again, and also see a bunch of my favs round, including Garry (who took a pic of me), Evan (wearing an old Roys jumper), Adam, Cat Denis, Deb, Rich, Jo Gay, Jen who has a pies ball with her, geez i wish i could ave a kick today. One of my favs Teagan is here to, she asks if i had a chance to listen back to the interview we did, i say yes and say it was brilliant. See Ciaran again. Again in the drink line, which is where im going. I lose track of how much ive had. Fiona takes a photo of me behind the bins, the Jack asks for Fi to take one of us. Ive been asking rock starts for photos all my life so its kinda call a world class rock start like jack asks for one with me. I see a lot of my friends wearing Russian hats, did i miss a memo or something on that. See the great man Dave Moll chatting with Greg Macainsh from Skyhooks, and Paris is here too.
Game starts again, Leapster at one pint says person passes to person. Leapster also brings up funny call from Steven Quartermaine, something bout how the better team will prevail. Me mate Stacey gets plenty of it. He should be in the AFL, both for his skills and personality. We need 20 blokes like him running round, some real characters. Im at the bar and see Tim Rand, tell him i got a new gig, also see Brett and Sarah and Johanna, all three top people. Specking of top people Bernie carr greets me with hello cunt. Love him. A cheerleader says i ave the wrong scarf on it turns out to be Anna and see Olga for the first time, also a cheerleader. Missi comes by and says hi. Fuck i suck at reporting football. Janet from another Planet comes round in her Tigers jacket. She says cant drink CUB beer as they underpay there workers. Pack of pricks they are. Then i realise i would die if i didn/t drink Melbourne Bitter, thank god its not on sale here, this other beer which i cant remember. Tina and Steve say hi, i go to the toilet twice, one time Johnny smiles and says something i forget and second time James Young is ahead of me, like the sideburns hes growing. And its game over. I text the Rockdogz chairman Dogs up easy 63 to 30. I get onto the president and he replies Yay! Gravys up 200 to nil aarrr. I love doing our Mark E Smith impersonations, especially in text form.
Andy and Kylie are here, say hi. Rohan Connolly is here to present the Steve Connolly medal, then Regurgitator hit the stage and thats my line to leave and walk to Winnebago for the Large Number 12s. I see Andy on the way tell him where im off to. Glenn o texts and asks for the score. As i walk in the Largies are playing Like a Rolling Stone, its a packed house as i expected. I go straight to the bar to see the Rockdogz president Fred and congratulate him on the teams win. He tells me the Gravys rehearsal was a success and we clink glasses. Then Anne walks over, always rad to see her. She hates the c bomb. Me too, although for me the c bomb is Carlton. Outta respect to Anne i won/t say her version of it anymore in this article. Well maybe once more. Lewi comes round. The Largies play the Billy Miller submarine song i love. Fred says when the sheep go down. Think i like that version better. Martys here to, and half the cup crowd are here too. I walk outside to ave a fag and i bump into Nigel again and he tells me of a cassesstte he gave Marty, its a Motley Crew tape but inside its not the one advertised on the cover. Gold. The other highlight of the gig was Billy Pommer Jrs drum solo. Amazing gig, now off to dogs Bar, but should prob go home. A stuff it. Arrive at Dogs, Viv and Sally are there, they ask if there will be a write up of the day. We/ll see i guess. The two awesome owners Gavan and Sonja greet me as they always do, Gav telling me better luck next year. Bernie is here too, wearing a Collingwood shirt and Megahertz scarf, could i love this guy anymore? MARTY Nigel and i discuss MASH, the Tuttle episode rings a bell, Anne comes and joins the table, and Tina and Greg are here. I see a pic of the commentators getting a medal, fucking good on em. I think i discuss politics with Joanna, i cant talk out it when im sober what chance i got when im pissed. Marylin is here now. And i remember Jo Gay saying to me on Friday Richmond hates Collingwood, and i say avent they always? Whats changed?
A lady comes up to me and says something about me looking like a werewolf, and shes a vampire and something bout bitting my neck. A werewolf and a vampire, don/t know about these inner species couples. But each to their own a guess. Like Mick Maulthouse (cunt, sorry Anne) i go one club to many and pop into the Neilson. Miriam, Bridget, Catie and Teagan are all here. Girl named Rachael here too. I think i told her i do a comic instead of a zine. She asked to be in it, i think. At this point im as pissed as four Shane McGowans. Need to go home, i don/t even know what time it is. Rcahel, forget what i said to you but feel i need to apologize for being in your ear, so sorry love. On the walk home Dave leaves Lost and plays me a song from his new band Them Rumblin Bones. Look forward to seeing them live. I get home eventually.
Melbourne’s A Gazillion Angry Mexicans have released yet another banging single – ‘Jonah & The Whale’.
The band are currently ripping up the East Coast to celebrate the release of the new single.
Pump ‘Jonah & The Whale’ at full blast and be sure to check out the band at one of their upcoming shows:
Hot out the oven, Brisbane’s Born Joy Dead return today with ‘Sourdough’, a brand new single for daydreamers and brunch enthusiasts everywhere. There’s no mucking about either, they’ll take to Black Bear Lodge to launch this freshly baked tune in just under three weeks.
A delicious, chewy ‘F.U.’ to the daily grind, ‘Sourdough’ is a unique result for the band who recently changed up their writing style, demoing together as a group for the first time. “The band is taking on a more organic songwriting method now and as a result it feels as though we’ve created something really special and more personal to us all,” says front man (and former Hungry Kids of Hungary member) Ben Dalton.
Springing onto the airwaves in 2015 with single’s ‘Hey Blood’, ‘Stones in My Shoe’ and ‘Chains On You’, Born Joy Dead have been building their chops among the local scene. Supporting the likes of Ball Park Music, Bad//Dreems, Hey Geronimo, Babaganouj and My Own Pet Radio they’ve also impressed at a stack of headline shows including a packed debut EP launch. Add a recent signing to Mucho Bravado management, an upcoming second EP and a September single launch. Bake at 180 degrees for best results.
Iconic Swedish hardcore group Refused return to Australian on the back of their killer 2015 LP Freedom. One of the most important groups of the 90s, everyone who has attended a Refused show since their second coming has yet to be disappointed. Guitarist David Sandstorm had a chat with us just before Xmess from his LA base.
Munster: I saw your play the old Palace Theatre on Bourke Street back in 2012 for your first tour and first reformation tour, what was your memories of that tour?
David: oh it was magnificent it was the peak of that year. After that tour we did a few shows in Sweden and that was it, but the Australian tour was the peak. After that tour I collapsed in my house and smashed a bunch of teeth. So that’s how hard we worked (laughs).
Munster: When you broke up back in the 90s and you did this huge reunion tour where you surprised at how much interest was in Refused in places like Australia and America?
David: Yeah I always find it surprising, but we love playing so we/re so grateful we get the chance to play all over the world, it’s the main thing we get to tour, playing on stage where at home. When we were kids we/d play our home town for months and months, so its awesome we branch out from that.
Munster: What process went into making Freedom?
David: We spent…its really burly now as we spent so long writing it, we started writing it before the reunion tour so it was a drawn out process by the time we were recording we reached a fever pitch, I remember collapsing in the middle of the night I was working so hard on the arrangements and I was working two days straight with no sleep so we were warm out. We went to LA to record and the pressure we put on ourselves was very high and we wanted to make the best Refused record and we hadn/t been writing for 14 years so we had to figure out what that was. So there was a lot of trial and error.
Munster: what lead to reforming? You don/t seem like guys that would do it for a cash grab and it would ave to be for the right reasons, what lead to the call?
David: it’s the kind of thing, its hard to compress, and also looking at where we had come and looking at our lives. When we started we all lived in the same city and hung out a lot working on a lot of compilations. Me and Kris were writing music for the first time since 1998 we didn/t know then it would turn into a Refused LP, it was meant to be an instrumental project. I was making music and Magnus was doing this own projects, at a certain point it was the same band and similar music, we did/t do it intently but it was like wow Refused is hanging out again. At the end of the day it was music and friendship that got us back. The things money and travel that’s great but we/d ave offers in the past but we blanked it just not interested, but after enough time it just happened.
Munster: You mentioned friendship as a big reason for reforming but even after you broke up you still worked with each other in different bands so you were never out of contact with those guys?
David: Yeah its, I mean we spent the week writing in an Island just because we wanted some isolation. Its really cold, so were just trashing it out in a shitty rehearsal space. We sheared apartments had breakfast, hang out rehearse, lunch hang out, coffee, then dinner then a few beers in the evening then talk shit and sleep thats what we did for five days. It’s a joy being in each other company and we hadn/t done that in a long while.
Munster: Scandinavia has always had an amazing rock scene particularly from the mid 90s onwards, is there anything you put that down to?
David: We ave had a very safe and kind of sheltered existence, its several things. Politically we were sheltered, Finland is between us and the Russians, and Europe is between Russia and everywhere else, I had very little travel and the democratic system kept everyone in a very nice place, like all health benefits where taken care of it was a very ordered life, and also we had music schools, so whether or not you had money you still had an instrument and got lessons every other week. So anyone who was musical at all you play . Also its very Americanised, a lot of USA TV films and rock n roll was successful and we speak the language to it translated well. It’s the same with hip hop it reaches people fast in Sweden.
Munster: When I saw you play in Melbourne you mentioned your love of Australian music like the Hard Ons and the Victims and Paul Kelly, considering you said it was sheltered was that stuff hard to come by?
David: We were big on Radio Birdman too. I guess its always been a big second hand music culture in Sweden and that connected. The kids, the middle class mostly are sheltered and their interests. Same in Finland and Denmark, there was a very open door to western music, being into punk we found it, but I had no idea which bands were English or Australia or American.
Refused play the Prince Bandroom Wednesday January 25.
You know the Dwarves invented Rock n Roll? Well thats what there 2014 LP is titled, why would they lie. For over 30 years the Dwarves ave kept the good fight going for dirty outta control garage/punk. Lead by merry mad man Blag Dahlia, the band return to Oz for the first time since 2014 to play Cheery Rock Sunday May7 and The Curtin On Friday May 5. I spoke to Blag in a quite alleyway in the city while he was in the States.
Blag: Im in Denver all the way from Colorado
Munster: Is that the homebase.
Blag: No im from San Francisco, the band is in LA so I spend a lot of time down there. Im out here on a pleasure trip seeing the family doing some regular human being stuff.
Munster: Must be a nice change of pace from the rock n roll lifestyle.
Blag: Well absolutely, you know you just can/t keep constantly committing acts of sex and violence and drug abuse. Sometimes you need a slice of mums apple pie. Whats the mum dish in Australia like a kangaroo pie? I don’t know you tell me.
Munster: Well we ave meat pies here, no idea whats in em, but I guess apple pie is like a desert so maybe a Pavlova?
Blag, perfect i/ll take both i/ll sit down with ya mum and ave a meat pie when I get there.
Munster: ill drive you to Dingley. So the upcoming tour is this tour four or five for the Dwarves?
Blag: Its our fourth tour and I also did a solo thing once, I like to do them once in a while as long as the audience can speck some kind of English, and they usually do in Australia so it usually goes over pretty well.
Munster: well I remember when you were down here in 2014 you did a solo gig at the Old Bar then two days later played with the band at the Evelyn
Blag: Yeah I loved that. That was really fun, the Old Bar is a cool spot and I like doing the acoustic stuff because its a lot different ,when you see a Dwarves show we don/t usually say anything we just power through it and its gets wild and chaotic and thats the usually Dwarfs thing, with the acoustic stuff is kind of the opposite we talk a lot of shit and ave some fun singing some harmonies you can actually hear.
Munster: Ive seen the Dwarves twice and your gig set up Is like the perfect structure for a band I can think of. Last time I saw you played just under an hour little talking the band never stopped and you played pretty much everything I expected and no encore as the job was done
Blag: Yeah I always hated encores who are you fooling whats the point? Just play your shit. Also bands talk a lot more and there pacing is differeent we try and knock it down put a lot of energy in a small amount of time?
Munster: Is HeWhoCannotBeNamed coming this time?
Blag: well you never know thats the thing he is a very mysterious character his appearance is unknown to me. He occasionally reveals himself to me. Hes like Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormons you know, how an angel would appear to him sometimes. Thats the thing we ave, he was with us in New York then he wasn/t with us in New Jersey, he will be with us in Austin then he won/t be with us in Dallas and I wander whats up with him. He might appear in Geelong but then he won/t be in Perth, hes a kook so you never know with that guy.
Munster: Im in an ally way right now so theres a chance I might see him on the way back to work?
Blag: he might be there, he could be eavesdropping on our conversation, I heard a rumour that hes part of national security administration so he could be listening in as we speak.
Munster: I loved your last LP The Dwarves Invented Rock n Roll can you tell us the making of that?
Blag: I loved making that record it was a lot of fun. I ave an old friend Brant Bjork from Kyuss who has his own studio in the desert and we did the basic tracks then went back to Orange County and did the overdubs and it was a real Frankenstein record it started in one place and ended in some place reallyl different but it was a great time. The newest batch of stuff that we recorded, but it won/t be out til next year was the easiest LP we ever made it all just came together, it was the first easy record I can remember in a long time. The title is called the Dwarves Take Back the Night. It won/t be out when we/re in Australia but we/ll be doing plenty of songs from that album when we come down. Its cool when you see an old band with new tunes I think there is something for everybody. Sometime you get bands where they just want the old stuff not the new stuff but our new stuff gels well with the set. We/ve had so many records we just play a few songs from every LP and everyones pretty happy. Im really looking forward to it, Australias one of my favourite places to go I love playing there, its like old America, we/re people like each other, the crowds are good and its fun.
Munster: Ive never heard a nicer description ive ever heard of this country
Munster: You guys ave always been playing punk and garage rock but it seems the record ave become more pop punk as time goes on is that intentional?
Blag: I don/t know I would push back on that, for the last 20 years, since (The Dwarves are) Young and good looking we/ve prided ourselves putting hardcore stuff next to poppy stuff. You can always look at a record, most bands start off with a loud hard sound then they get poppier with each record trying to get a record deal or hoping things will go better and more people will like them. With the Dwarves it is really different every album, it has a bunch of extreme nasty punk songs but then they ave some poppy stuff next to it, so its a more eclectic record all round, on the last record we did a song called Bleed all Right you got Nick Oliveri screaming about murder and mayhem and then we sample this surfer guy who was in the Bail bombing screaming about seeing all the torn corpses so theres nothing really poppy about that. Then the next song is Trailer Trash which is a cute pop song about dirty girls living in trailers. The records really run the gamut, if you think somethings too poppy just wait a minute and the next one won/t be if you think somethings too hardcore and will hurt your ears just wait a minute and it will go back to pop.
Munster: You mentined how the Dwarves shows are chaotic and Maximum Rock n Roll gave you guys massive coverage in the late 80s early 90s saying your shows where outta control, where they that over the top?
Blag: absolutely they ddin/t go far enough, we were chaotic as fuck. But we still are, and chaotic still follows us around. Just when we do a few shows when nothing happens something insane happens. Its like this band really feeds off the energy of the audience, we work they crowd and feed off them, but we ave a great crowd, happens all the time.
Munster:back in the 2000s the so called Garage revival happened, do you feel cheated as you/ve been making garage rock since the 80s?
Blag: One hall mark of the Dwarves was we were in the wrong place at the right time. We made 60s garage records in the mid 80s when no one was paying attention, then in the 90s we made hardcore records when no one cared, then we started making really amazing produced records and everyone turned around and said “hey garage rock”. Ive always loved American garage rock from the 60s that’s what inspired me to start playing and was my introduction to rock n roll, and punk as well because it offered a more liberating place.
Munster: I was listening to an interview you did with Dexter from the Offspring and you mentioned you work as a producer, I know you do all the Dwarves stuff but do you do any other production stuff these days?.
Blag: I don/t do much production work anymore, on top of doing the Dwarves, playing recording and touring I don/t really ave much time.But i do a lot of writing, i love writing songs its a joy of mine so i do a bit of that when im not working on the Dwarves but if a production gig comes up i/ll consider it.
Munster: Well one of the songs you wrote was Do the Sponge for SpongeBob Squarepants.
Blag: yeah and that was in the first season of SpongeBob so there was nothing before that. It was written by the original Dwarves bass player. Its kind of what we/re best known for (laughs)
Munster: How did you become to sign with Fat Wreck Chords?
Blag: im been buddys with Fat Mike for a few decades, there a great bunch of people, we just do the odd 7 inch for them. I think its a deal where they like me more than the Dwarves.
Munster: Ive seen recently you/ve done a few joint headline shows with the Queers and the Vandals thats pretty cool these bands that could easily pack a place themselves do a joint tour.
Blag: everybody can do their own tour but its a matter of do you wanna pack the place and ave a great time, The Vandals and the Queers both ave big catalogues of greats songs and thats what im interested in. Id rather shear the night and shear the glory. We don/t drone on forever, some bands want to drone on and play all night and not let anyone ave the spotlight. Id rather do a great show then see your great show.
Munster: whats on for the rest of year
Blag: we/re doing a tour with Richie Ramones then an east coast tour which will end at punk rock bowling, im pushing 80 years old now so its a bit odd being on the road this long.
Munster: I/ll wait and see if HeWhoCannotBeNamed will be there but is Rex Everything (Nick Oliveri) coming?
Blag: yeah hes coming and we/re gonna make it happen and thanks to Australian immigration for letting Nick in
Munster: Blag thanks for your time and will ave a meat pie by on standby
Blag: You got it and tell everyone to go to the Dwarves.com
Dwarves play Cheery Rock Sunday 7 May
John Curtin Hotel Friday 5 May
Shaman’s Harvest have just dropped their brand new album called Red Hands Black Deeds and Dave Griffiths caught up with the band’s lead singer Nate Hunt to chat about the ‘vintage’ nature of the brand new album and to also have a look at the in-depth lyrics found on this album.
You can listen to or download the Shaman’s Harvest interview right here.
“Isolation and dissatisfaction seep through Thomas’ teeth, but they are delivered through infectious melody that is as contagious as it is toxic” – Happy
Melbourne three-piece scuzz rockers, Claws & Organs unveil their latest efforts in the form of a new single, ‘Alphabetti Spaghetti’. The band spent this year wowing audiences across the country with their raw and energetic performance, sharing stages with acts such as Adalita and DZ Deathrays.
‘Alphabetti Spaghetti’ is dark shoegaze-inspired with themes of isolation, angst and trying to find your place in the world. Recorded at Head Gap Studios with long-time producer, Neil Thomason, the song sees Heather Thomas’ sultry vocals wrapped around an infectious melody, driving bassline and pulsing drums. The song builds into a chorus that you gotta get outta your head.
Claws & Organs launch ‘Alphabetti Spaghetti’ on September 4th at The Old Bar and will be available as a double A-side 7” via LISTEN Records.
September 4 – The Old Bar, Melbourne VIC w/ River of Snakes, Dark Fair, Cable Ties
Iconic Aussie rockers, Grinspoon have sparked a ticketing frenzy, selling out within hours of going on sale to the general public. To keep up with the overwhelming demand, the boys have added five new shows to their monster Guide To Better Living 20th Anniversary tour, with second shows hitting Enmore Theatre on Thursday July 6, The Tivoli on Sunday July 9 and Granada Tavern on Sunday August 6. To add to the excitement, two new shows have been announced for Barooga and Newcastle fans, with the tour now swinging via Barooga Sports Club (NSW) on Thursday September 21 and NEX Newcastle on Saturday September 23.
There sure is a lot of love out there for Grinners, with tickets to the Tivoli Theatre show selling out in just thirty minutes after going on sale. And with very limited tickets still available across all capital city shows, fans are encouraged to get in quick to avoid disappointment.
Chuffed with the positive response to the long-awaited tour, vocalist Phil Jamieson says, “Australia! You have turned it on with the mad demand for the 20 year anniversary of Guide To Better Living… we are beyond flattered that you want to join the party, so we have added some more party times to ensure no-one misses out!”
The band will be supported nationally by Hockey Dad, and will be playing the album cover to cover across June-September 2017, alongside a selection of later favourites from their albums that followed. To correspond with the tour, an accompanying expanded, multi-format reissue of the album will be released on June 23. Grinspoon have curated a 20th Anniversary edition of Guide To Better Living, expanding the original 16-track album to a mammoth 49 track feast of rarities, live tracks and unreleased recordings. The album also appears on vinyl for the very first time in the form of a limited edition red vinyl pressing, coupling the original album with a second disc Live At CBGB’s – an incendiary 10-track live recording of the band taken from the fabled CBGB’s venue in New York.
“It’s a real honour to be releasing the 20th Anniversary of Guide To Better Living. It was an amazing time in the band’s life. Going back and listening to the album and watching old footage reminds me of what was an unbelievably exciting time in all our lives,” says guitarist Pat Davern.
Grinspoon is Phil Jamieson on vocals, Pat Davern on guitar, Joe Hansen on bass and Kristian Hopes on drums.
Guide To Better Living 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is set for release on June 23. Pre-order album bundles are onsale from www.grinspoon.com.au.
GUIDE TO BETTER LIVING NATIONAL TOUR DATES
Presented by TEG LIVE and Triple M
FRI 23 JUN | KAY ST ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX, TRARALGON VIC | 18+
FRI 30 JUN | MARGARET COURT ARENA, MELBOURNE, VIC | LIC AA
SAT 1 JUL | VILLAGE GREEN HOTEL, MULGRAVE, VIC | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
THURS 6 JUL | ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY, NSW | LIC AA **JUST ANNOUNCED**
FRI 7 JUL | ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY, NSW | LIC AA **SOLD OUT**
SAT 8 JUL | THE TIVOLI THEATRE, BRISBANE, QLD | 18+ ** SOLD OUT**
SUN 9 JUL | THE TIVOLI THEATRE, BRISBANE, QLD | 18+ **JUST ANNOUNCED**
SAT 29 JUL | ONE TROPICAL DAY @ DARWIN SKI CLUB, DARWIN, NT | LIC AA ***
THU 3 AUG | THE WOOL EXCHANGE, GEELONG, VIC | 18+
FRI 4 AUG | PIER BANDROOM, FRANKSTON, VIC | 18+
SAT 5 AUG | GRANADA TAVERN, HOBART, TAS | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
SUN 6 AUG | GRANADA TAVERN, HOBART, TAS | 18+ **JUST ANNOUNCED**
THU 10 AUG | THE JACK, CAIRNS, QLD | 18+
FRI 11 AUG | DALRYMPLE HOTEL, TOWNSVILLE, QLD | 18+
SAT 12 AUG | MAGNUMS, AIRLIE BEACH, QLD | 18+
THU 17 AUG | VILLA NOOSA, NOOSAVILLE, QLD | 18+
FRI 18 AUG | REDLAND BAY HOTEL, REDLAND BAY, QLD | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
SAT 19 AUG | SHAKA FEST – MIAMI TAVERN, GOLD COAST, QLD | 18+ ***
THU 24 AUG | DUNSBOROUGH TAVERN, DUNSBOROUGH, WA | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
FRI 25 AUG | METRO CITY, PERTH, WA | 18+
SAT 26 AUG | ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, ADELAIDE, SA | AA
THU 31 AUG | THE CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE, NSW | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
FRI 1 SEP | LISMORE CITY HALL , LISMORE, NSW | 18+
SAT 2 SEP | RACEHORSE HOTEL, IPSWICH, QLD | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
THU 14 SEP | THE ENTRANCE LEAGUES CLUB, BATEAU BAY, NSW | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
FRI 15 SEP | WAVES, WOLLONGONG, NSW | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
SAT 16 SEP | UC REFECTORY, CANBERRA, ACT | 18+
WED 20 SEP | CSU, WAGGA WAGGA, NSW | 18+
THU 21 SEP | BAROOGA SPORTS CLUB, BAROOGA, NSW | 18+ **JUST ANNOUNCED**
FRI 22 SEP | BEER DELUXE, ALBURY, NSW | 18+
SAT 23 SEP | NEX NEWCASTLE, NEWCASTLE, NSW | 18+ **JUST ANNOUNCED**
***Hockey Dad not appearing
My Ticketek is offering their customers an exclusive pre-sale on newly announced Sydney, Hobart, Barooga and Newcastle shows from 12pm Tuesday 18 April 2017.
Ticketmaster is offering their customers an exclusive pre-sale on the newly announce Brisbane show from 12pm Tuesday 18 April 2017.
The general public will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to all newly announced shows from 10am Thursday 20 April 2017.
To purchase tickets, head to www.grinspoon.com.au.
Due to unforeseen venue renovations beyond TEG Live & Grinspoon’s control, the scheduled Batemans Bay Soldiers Club performance will not proceed. The Batemans Bay Soldiers Club apologises to ticket holders, and refunds will be available via Ticketek.