“Whether you’re looking to fall in love this summer or pine away unrequited, you won't find a better soundtrack than this.” – Rolling Stone
Toronto pop outfit, Alvvays are heading to Australia next year for their first tour downunder. The five-piece have been cruising on waves of admiration after releasing their surf-tinged, melancholy laden self-titled debut LP mid last year.
Always treading on the musical periphery, Popfrenzy bring an eclectic lineup to the Spectrum Now Festival Big Top at the Domain in Sydney this March with their very special live event Divine Times, co-presented with their mates Yours & Owls.
Headlining will be post-punk pioneers The Jesus and Mary Chain plus performances by eletctro tweakers, Seekae, Canadian indie darlings, Alvvays, artful lo-fi pop, U.S. Girls and the musically reimagined Jonathan Boulet.
“Psychocandy heroically embodies the bleeding-heart recklessness at the core of rock’n’roll, and the Mary Chain can still access those feelings. And so we can too.” The Guardian
Scottish post-punk trailblazers, The Jesus and Mary Chain return to Melbourne in March for a celebratory performance of their ground-breaking record, Psychocandy, 30 years after its release.
Formed in East Kilbride on the outskirts of Glasgow by the Reid brothers William and Jim in the early 80’s, Jesus and Mary Chain and would continue to become leaders in the post-punk movement. Influenced by soulful girl groups and the drug fuelled art scene of the 60’s, the Reid brothers, later joined by Bobby Gillespie (of Primal Scream fame) developed their craft. Their sound reflected their morose upbringings, sheets of heavy aural fog created with broken instruments with effects tweaked and turned to full volume. These noises completed with the dual minds of the Reid brothers, lacing lyrics about teenage angst and fidgety discontent through the aural muck.
Last year we brought the excited Madrid four-piece, recently re-named Hinds to Australia for their first international tour. Between schooners and pots, late night gastronome and extended trips to Bondi, shows were played in dives along the East Coast. A year on, they’ve stayed on the road, booking dates around the globe and playing with greats at Glastonsbury, Benicàssim, South by Southwest (where they played 16 shows in four days), Burgerama and Best Kept Secret.
With a now worldwide fanbase, having hundreds of Hinds devotees join them on stage for the rambling, beer soaked hook closing “Davey Crockett” - Hinds have quickly outgrown the gentle steed of their namesake into a fully formed, almighty, heartbreaking beast.