We're beyond excited to announce one of our all-time fave bands — legendary British post-punk/indie heroes The Wedding Present are returning to New Zealand and Australia this July on the back of their ninth studio album Going, Going…
Having visited Australia in 2012 (for the first time since their 1985 inception) and returning in '13 with their first ever NZ shows added to the itinerary, The Wedding Present this time will be setting their sites on new territory and playing shows in NZ's South Island as well as Adelaide and Fremantle for the first time ever.
Equally exciting are the supports for the NZ shows which include Kiwi pop royalty and pioneers of the early-Flying Nun sound The Bats and The Chills who have signed on for Christchurch and Dunedin, respectively. Time to book those flights to New Zealand, international pop fans!
In addition, The Wedding Present will play two shows in Melbourne — one of which (July 12) will see the band performing their classic 1987 debut album George Best in full to commemorate its 30th anniversary. As with their 2013 tour (when they featured the album), this will be an event to behold for fans of the band and indie rock in general... and, actually, anyone who can connect with the concepts of love lost, love found, heartbreak and desire, all stuffed into one taut, noisy, brisk, perfectly-crafted pop song.
Here be the dates:
— NEW ZEALAND —
TUES, JULY 4 – AUCKLAND – KINGS ARMS W/ AVOID!AVOID + ANCIENT TAPES Book tix / Facebook event
WEDS, JULY 5 – HAMILTON – NIVARA LOUNGE W/ ANCIENT TAPES + RUMPUS ROOM Book tix / Facebook event
THURS, JULY 6 – WELLINGTON – SAN FRAN W/ TERROR OF THE DEEP + ANCIENT TAPES Book tix / Facebook event
FRI, JULY 7 – CHRISTCHURCH – BLUE SMOKE W/ THE BATS + MOTTE Book tix / Facebook event
SAT, JULY 8 – DUNEDIN – RE:FUEL W/ THE CHILLS + THE VAN GRAFS Book tix / Facebook event
— AUSTRALIA (SUPPORTS TBA) —
MON, JULY 10 – BRISBANE – BLACK BEAR LODGE Book tix / Facebook event
TUES, JULY 11 – SYDNEY – FACTORY THEATRE Book tix / Facebook event
WEDS, JULY 12 – MELBOURNE – BELLA UNION (PERFORMING GEORGE BEST IN FULL) Book tix / Facebook event
THURS 13TH – MELBOURNE – BELLA UNION Book tix / Facebook event
FRI 14TH – ADELAIDE – THE JADE Book tix / Facebook event
SAT 15TH – FREMANTLE – MOJO’S Book tix / Facebook event
Hailing from San Francisco, Sonny & The Sunsets are returning to Australia for the first time since 2013 to play Boogie festival in Tallarook VIC on Easter weekend April 14-16, 2017, followed by a small handful of sideshows at Melbourne's Tote and Curtin hotels and The Eastern in Ballarat, with the tour culminating at Silver Raven festival in South Australia's Barossa region.
Sonny & The Sunsets are a beautiful west coast thing. Birthed from the sand, the surf, and twilight campfires down in Ocean Beach, Sonny & the Sunset’s busted beach-pop songs spark recollections of doo-wop's otherworldly despair, a dose of goofball humour from the Michael Hurley school, and positive possibilities exuded by Jonathan Richman.
Helmed by the singer/songwriter, playwright, author and onetime troubadour Sonny Smith, The Sunsets have featured a revolving door line-up over the years, and for this Australian visit will include esteemed locals Steph Hughes (Dick Diver, Boomgates) and Mark Monnone (Tim Richmond Group, Mighty Duke & the Lords).
FRI, APRIL 14 — BOOGIE FESTIVAL, TALLAROOK VIC W/ COSMIC PSYCHOS + TYRANNAMEN + SCOTT & CHARLENE'S WEDDING + LOST ANIMAL + MORE!
FRI, APRIL 21 — THE EASTERN, BALLARAT VIC W/ DREAMIN' WILD + LEHMANN B. SMITH Facebook event
SAT, APRIL 22 — SILVER RAVEN FESTIVAL, TANUNDA S.A. W/ STRAND OF OAKS + HENRY WAGONS & THE ONLY CHILDREN + JEN CLOHER + LOST RAGAS + MORE! Book tickets
Following a string of EPs and singles, Melbourne quartet Hideous Towns finally polish up the good silver for the release of their debut album Disquiet Living.
With their winning combination of chiming gazed-out guitars, dynamic female vocals and buoyant, no-frills drum propulsion, Hideous Towns have nonchalantly secured a stronghold on the world's tuned-in dream-pop fans.
On Disquiet Living, Hideous Towns succeed in taking their enviable pop smarts to places hitherto unexplored by the band, from the spirited new-wave of 'Jacques-Louis David' and the motorik kraut-pop of 'Lion' to the expansive, wistful album closer 'Natural Expression'.
On latest single 'Value', Alana West's urgent, powerful vocal bursts forth beyond the entangled post-punk rhythm section and further into the listener's personal space than usual, her direct delivery contrasted by some of her most abstract lyrics to date.
HIDEOUS TOWNS DISQUIET LIVING ALBUM LAUNCH: