With special guests Drunk Mums and Itchy and the Nits.
Australian punk icons These New South Whales hit the road for one final headline east coast run in 2023, bringing one of the country’s best-loved pub rock acts Drunk Mums and local enfant terribles Spunk and Itchy and the Nits along for the ride, before making an eagerly awaited return to Europe alongside critical punk agitators, Civic.
Following a massive sold-out national tour in support of their breakthrough third record, TNSW, the Melbourne punk auteurs return to the stage fresh from an all-time cover of Chumbawama’s ‘Tubthumping’ for triple j’s Like A Version and a scene-stealing performance at Yours & Owls Festival.
Debuting at #9 on the ARIA Australian album charts, TNSW’s self-titled third record furthers the band’s evolution from compelling Aussie basement punk into a more sprawling,
international space, tying together influences from early ’90s alternative with their punk and hardcore roots. The set of songs finds the quartet leveling up immeasurably, receiving support across The FADER, DIY, NME, The Line of Best Fit, and MOJO, the latter of whom wrote in their review of the record that “it’s not even funny how comprehensively they kick the ass of most other contemporary punk-leaning ensembles.”
Their hit Comedy Central show – touted as “the punk Flight of the Conchords” (NME) and “the best mockumentary since Spinal Tap” (Monster Children) – saw them become the first Australian band to develop their own TV series and license it to a cable television network.
And their podcast What A Great Punk ended its debut year inside Spotify’s top five music podcasts before going on to do a sold-out live run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2022. While their reputation as all-round entertainers grows, though, their music has long outgrown the comedy label that defined their formative years.
Now “premier punk outfit” isn’t just the cocky phrase the band uses to describe themselves in their mockumentary – it’s a real-life statement of fact.
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