AXEMEN AUSTRALASIAN TOUR DECEMBER 2011
Australian Press Release by Samuel Miers, Australian Tour Promoter
The Flying Nun label’s 30th Anniversary parties are happening all over New Zealand and Australia this November, but in December Axemen (Flying Nun’s outsider pop rats) bring the real party across the pacific ocean for the first time.
After forming in protest of the 1981 Springbok NZ tour, the group of screen printers played their cheeky swirls of hooky rock between Christchurch and Dunedin at homosexual law reforms, buskers conventions and on TV with as many as 15 – or as little as 2 – people on stage. When on tour in New Zealand Kurt Cobain saw one of these shows, then hunted down every Axemen release he could find. In the last few years the seminal Siltbreeze label has been reissuing lost Axemen classics, leading to the band reuniting in 2009, after a fifteen-year hiatus, to tour America with Siltbreeze / Matador act Times New Viking.
Thanks largely to Australian music houses like Sunshine & Grease and Negative Guestlist, Axemen have developed a small but intense following of ned-heads. These ned-heads will be able to pick up plenty of rare Axemen releases from the 80’s from their own Sleek Bott label, along with the fresh-off-the-press Australian tour 7” at every show. Axemen will shoot heart bullets of free pop at the men and women of love at the inaugural Polka Before the Apocalypse (Brisbane) and Mrs Tapes (Sydney) festivals, plus watch out Newcastle, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Batemans Bay.
Their ever changing lineup – which has included members of The Clean, Tall Dwarfs and The Terminals – for the Australian tour is original vocalist/guitarist Little Stevie Mccabe, original drummer Stu Kawowski, Slav guitar connoiseur Dragan Stojanovic (an Axeman since 1985) and Will Daymond in his mourning of youth. As Axemen scanty town ride around, staying in either big cheap motels or on your couch for beer und flinstones, filmmaker Fred Renata will be there, documenting the tour.
Here are the dates you can catch Axemen revealing their tragic tale of the rock n roll legend:
10th, 11th Brisbane @ Spring Hotel
Negative Guestlist Festival
W/ The best of Aus Underground
14th Newcastle @ TBA:
W/ Cock Safari and Bare Grillz
15th Sydney @ the Red Rattler:
Mrs Tapes Festival
W/ Circle Pit, Alps, xNoBBQx, Mad Nanna, School Girl Report and Satanic Rockers
16th Sydney @ Black Wire Records:
W/ Silver Moon, Whores and Low Life
17th Batemans Bay @ Sister Smooth:
W/ XNOBBQX, Mad Nanna, School Girl Report, Satanic Rockers
18th Canberra @ The Phoenix
W/ XNOBBQX, Mad Nanna, Satanic Rockers and
School Girl Report
19th Melbourne @ The Gasometer
W/ Paul Kidney Experience, Bum Creek and School Girl Report
21st Melbourne @ The Tote
W/ Circle Pit, Mad Nanna and Satanic Rockers + Nth Wheel DJ
23rd Adelaide @ Format
W/ School Girl Report, Men’s Health and No Action.