Beloved Melbourne outfit Alpine have returned! Today is the release day for their insanely-catchy new single, ‘Dumb’. To celebrate their long-awaited comeback, the band have dropped the video for ‘Dumb’ (directed by Marie Panguard) and announced a string of headline shows across June/July in Castlemaine, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney & Brisbane.
The song came together during a Melbourne winter after keyboardist Tim Royall had returned from a trip to Japan, invigorated by the house and disco of the clubs and bars of Tokyo and Osaka. ‘Dumb’ is as playful as it is sophisticated, as nostalgic as it is modern, a balance that Alpine have always managed to strike with ease.
Lyrically the song is about being devoted to someone who isn’t devoted to you.
In lead singer Phoebe Baker’s own words, “It’s about how we can encourage our romantic imagination to a point of ignorance. Hopeless optimism on a ship of sinking love. There is a somewhat perverse enjoyment found when flirting with someone when ultimately you know it’s going to hurt. There are elements of play to be found within the slow dissolve of a relationship. Satisfaction can still be gained in the midst of an ending.”
Primarily ‘Dumb’ is about how someone can make you speechless and nonsensically talkative at the same time.
‘Dumb’ follows the release of the band’s first two albums, Yuck (2015) and A Is For Alpine (2012). A is for Alpine peaked at #1 on iTunes and #11 on the ARIA Album Charts, and was awarded iTunes “Alternative Australian Album of the Year” and The Age EG “Australian Album of the Year”, while Yuck was released to rave reviews, debuting at #16 on the ARIA Album Charts and featuring radio hits ‘Foolish’ and ‘Damn Baby’.
‘Dumb’ marks the start of an exciting new chapter for the Melbourne band. Catch them on the road this June/July – tickets on sale now!
Sat 22 Jun | Theatre Royal, Castlemaine – tickets here
Sat 29 Jun | Howler, Melbourne – tickets here
Wed 3 Jul | Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth – tickets here
Thu 4 Jul | Rocket Bar, Adelaide – tickets here
Thu 11 Jul | The Lansdowne, Sydney – tickets here
Sat 13 Jul | The Foundry, Brisbane – tickets here
The Chemical Brothers are bringing their world-renowned live show to Australia this October & November. The No Geography Live 2019 Tour will have special guests, the iconic Australian duo, The Avalanches (DJ Set) and will be stopping in at Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
These run of shows will be their first in Australia since 2013. There is only one show in each city, so get organised before tickets are on sale!
The Chemical Brothers will hit Brisbane’s Riverstage on Thursday 31 October, before heading to The Dome, Sydney Showground on Saturday 2 November and Melbourne Arena on Tuesday 5 November.
The Chemical Brothers, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, have sold more than 12 million albums and six million singles worldwide over the course of their illustrious career. They have had six #1 albums in the UK, and were the first electronic act ever to receive a Grammy, taking home Best Rock Instrumental Performance for ‘Block Rockin’ Beats’ in 1998. They’ve since taken home three more Grammys.
The Chemical Brothers’ ninth studio album No Geography has just been released through EMI Music Australia. The follow up to 2015’s Grammy-nominated Born In The Echoes (the band’s sixth consecutive #1 album), it features the three blistering singles ‘Free Yourself’,‘M.A.H.’, and ‘Got To Keep On’. No Geography has been hailed as their finest album since 1999 classic, Surrender.
‘Seven No.1 albums. That’s not fucking about, is it? After the best part of 30 years, there’s still no one else like them. Amazing.’ – The Quietus
The songs were road-tested in their 2018 live set, including two sold-out shows at Alexandra Palace – their biggest UK headline shows to date – and honed in DJ sets around the world.
‘Got To Keep On’ has been at the heart of The Chemical Brothers’ live shows over the last year or so, and will continue to feature alongside classics from their 25 year career as the band take on dates in the US, Europe, and the UK before landing in Australia in November.
The Chemical Brothers’ visuals have always been central to their music, and this record is no exception. Already live favourites, ‘Got To Keep On’, ‘Free Yourself’, and ‘M.A.H.’ (for which the video was shot at their recent sold-out London shows at Alexandra Palace) contain visuals created by Adam Smith & Marcus Lyall. Eight years since they last performed live in Australia, The Chemical Brothers are set to return with a show that’s become a more dynamic and relevant experience than ever, both sonically and visually!
No Geography is a return to the conditions that spawned their early hits. They built a studio within a studio, a tiny room filled with gear that had sat gathering dust in Tom’s attic for the last twenty years. Using the equipment with which they recorded the bulk of their first two albums, they found the freedom to create music in a way they hadn’t for years, embracing randomness and jagged edges, building songs around vocal samples like the snatches of dialogue they found in the late ‘60s experimental Dial-A-Poem project. Several tracks feature vocals from Norwegian artist Aurora and Japanese rapper Nene also makes an appearance.
‘The Chemical Brothers are finally ready to take on the world again.’
– 9/10, Album of the Month, Long Live Vinyl
The Avalanches (DJ set) will be joining The Chemical Brothers as special guests for all dates. The iconic Australian duo are considered to be one of the most influential acts in dance music, with their debut record Since I Left You (2000) laying a blueprint for sample-based music in the 21st century, before their long-awaited 2016 follow-up Wildflower once again blew the world away.From intimate clubs to headline slots at some of the world’s biggest festivals like Splendour In The Grass, Primavera, and Creamfields, The Avalanches’ DJ sets are lauded as masterpieces in a realm of music flooded with imitators. The Avalanches are the perfect accompaniment for fellow dance legends The Chemical Brothers.
Don’t miss out on tickets to the past, present, and future of electronic music, The Chemical Brothers. They won’t last long.
THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS
NO GEOGRAPHY LIVE 2019
OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 2019
With special guests The Avalanches (DJ set)
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Fans will be stoked to hear that they will be playing Civic Theatre, Newcastle on Tuesday 23rd July.
The new album is made up of 11 new tracks including singles Longshot and 2ALL.
‘The Balance’ follows 2014’s platinum-certified debut, ‘The Balcony’ and Top 10 ARIA Chart successor ‘The Ride’, including lead single ‘7’, which hit Gold status in Australia last April.
Tickets for Civic Theatre Newcastle will go onsale Monday 6th May at 12pm local time.
Pre-sale begins 12pm AEST on Friday, May 3 concluding at 11am local time on Monday, May 6
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July 19 – Spin Off Festival, Adelaide
July 20 – Splendour In The Grass, Bryon Bay – Sold Out
July 22 – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
July 23 – Civic Theatre, Newcastle – New show added
July 25 – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
July 28 – HBF Stadium, Perth
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are taking 2019 by the horns! Announcing a new single in ‘Bill’s Mandolin’, a new album in ‘And Now For The Whatchamacallit’, their largest national Australian tour to date as well as a highly anticipated appearance at SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS, new UK/European tour dates, international festival dates, a worldwide signing to Marathon Records and Australian signing with Caroline Australia, the Perth rockers have laid down the gauntlet for another busy, fruitful year.
The band’s new single, ‘Bill’s Mandolin’ comes at a perfect time for Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. The band, having enjoyed sold out tours through the UK and Australia, have solidified themselves as more than just the Australian buzz export. Eight sold out shows through the UK, plus an impressive debut tour of the US encompassing fourteen shows and a splash at SXSW have turned Psychedelic Porn Crumpets into a strong formidable force on the international stage. Rotation and airplay support for recent releases by Triple J and BBC Radio 1 have bolstered the band’s approach and has extended their reach. The band has carved out a space all their own, and their new single reflects the strength and dynamism continuing to flourish within their ranks.
Taken from the band’s forthcoming record, ‘And Now For The Whatchamacallit’, ‘Bill’s Mandolin’ is another slice of manic Psychedelic Porn Crumpets fury. A continuation of the musicianship fans have seen grow and bolden over the band’s last year of releases, this new single positions them more than ever as a band ready to explode with exciting energy. “When we were in the U.K on our last tour I was given my Grandad’s old mandolin/lute thing which I remember playing as a kid. It was such a nice gift that I had to take back to Australia, the only problem was it didn’t have a case and we had an entire tour in front of us which spanned most of Western Europe plus Australia. I carried it through plenty of customs, slept with it, took it out to pubs, navigated the streets of Amsterdam and passed out with it. It became the tour emblem and once I got back to Perth I felt like I’d done the old girl justice. I wanted to write an Ode to Bill and the travels with the mandolin that summed up the tour and sounded as chaotic as the adventures that ensued.“ Jack McEwan, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
The band’s third studio album, due out May 31st, marks an exciting new chapter for Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. Recorded between Jack McEwan’s bedroom and Tone City Studios in Perth, mixed by Michael Jelinek (Gunns) and mastered by John Davis (Gorillaz, The Killers), And Now For The Whatchamacallit is representative of the band’s huge developed sound, and is their most anticipated release yet. “The original concept was to take a 1930’s carnival that had been re-imagined for future generations, a collage of Punch and Judy, Carousels and coconut shy’s that progresses in musical concepts and travels with the listener. Then as we started traveling I was swept off into my own kind of circus, the odyssey of touring life. Large nights out, larger characters, drunken recollections of foreign cities and rabbit hole-ing into insanity (kindly illustrated by Quentin Blake)”. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Spurred on from international successes through the UK and the USA, where they performed at SXSW for the first time and sold out shows in both LA and New York, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets returned home to Australia in fine form, sights firmly set on tackling The Great Escape in the UK next. Sharing a blistering live show with fans at home and abroad is something the band is well versed in, and taking to the coveted stage at Splendour in the Grass this July is another tick off an extensive bucket list. Ahead of their Splendour appearance, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are hitting the road for their biggest Australian headline dates in June supported by RAAVE TAPES, including a massive homecoming show at Perth’s Astor Theatre.
The band’s upcoming 20 date international tour will see Psychedelic Porn Crumpets also perform at a selected run of festivals including the UK’s Y Not Festival and Truck Festival, while also supporting Interpol in Germany this May and hitting the Summersonic Festival in Tokyo and Osaka in August.
This massive tour news also coincides with Psychedelic Porn Crumpets signing with Marathon Records for global territories while working with Caroline Australia on a domestic front. Marathon Records, home to the likes of Honeyblood, Jagwar Ma, Jen Cloher and Courtney Barnett, represents some of the world’s most exciting and diverse names, making this new partnership with Psychedelic Porn Crumpets one made in heaven.
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are lapping up the road-dog lifestyle through 2019, with extensive tour dates locked down for Australian and British fans. If the band’s last runs of shows through each territory were anything to go by, these tickets won’t be hanging around long!
PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
Saturday 27th April Gumball Festival Hunter Valley
Wednesday 12th June Lion Arts Factory Adelaide
Thursday 13th June The Triffid Brisbane
Friday 14th June The Croxton Bandroom Melbourne
Saturday 15th June The Factory Theatre Sydney
Friday 21st June Astor Theatre Perth
Sunday 21st July Splendour In The Grass Byron Bay
PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS WORLDWIDE TOUR DATES
Friday 10th May The Great Escape (Patterns) Brighton UK
Saturday 11th May The Great Escape (Aussie BBQ – Dive Bar Beach Stage) Brighton UK
Monday 13th May Wedgewood Rooms Portsmouth
Tuesday 14th May The Boileroom Guildford
Wednesday 15th May Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff
Friday 17th May Stereo Glasgow
Saturday 18th May The New Adelphi Club Hull
Sunday 19th May O2 Academy 2 Leicester
Tuesday 21st May The Shipping Forecast Liverpool
Wednesday 22nd May Voodoo Belfast
Thursday 23rd May The Grand Social Dublin
Saturday 25th May All East Points London
Sunday 26th May Yes Fest Manchester
Tuesday 28th May La Bulle Cafe Lille
Thursday 30th May Ancienne Belgique Brussels
Friday 31st May Best Kept Secret Festival Hilvarenbeek
Tuesday 4th June Palladium Koln
Wednesday 5th June Schlachthof Wiesbaden
Friday 26th – Sunday 28th July Truck Festival Oxfordshire
Friday 26th – 28th July Y Not Festival Derbyshire
Friday 2nd August Krach Am Back Festival Beelen
Friday 16th – 18th August Summersonic Festival Tokyo & Osaka
With Splendour in the Grass now completely sold out, Live Nation is pleased to announce that this year’s festival headliners CHILDISH GAMBINO and SZA, alongside fellow Atlanta hip-hop sensation RUSS, will each play a run of headline sideshows across the country. With the annual Byron Bay festival selling out within a matter of hours, fans will need to move swiftly to secure tickets to some of this year’s most anticipated festival sideshows.