Since they were formed in Boston, Mass, in 1986 by Evan Dando, the family tree of The Lemonheads has many twisted tentacles and tangential branches, and a host of one-liners etched into its bark. Anyone could be a Lemonhead but for how long who knows? Leastways they’ll be shoulder-to-shoulder with Evan throwing discordant chords against alt-country-tinged melodies, playing that light and dark card. Through their ranks passed Descendents, Blokes Babies, Dinosaur Jr. and members of Fuzzy.
In 2019, The Lemonheads returned with “Varshons 2”, their tenth studio album. Evan is at the helm with producer Matthew Cullen also on guitar and siren, Come and Codeine’s Chris Brakow supplying guitar and Willy Mason and Nina Violet sitting in. It’s another mixtape in a different kitchen placing the oddball and the unsung next to The Eagles and Nick Cave. Where else could you hear the music of Tom Morgan’s short-lived Givegoods, English curmudgeons The Bevis Frond and Lucinda Williams so seamlessly joined at the hip?
The Lemonheads will be making stops in Fremantle, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, as well as appearing at this year’s Fairgrounds Festival in Berry.
Freo Social, Fremantle WA
Thursday 5th December 2019
Lions Arts Factory, Adelaide SA
Saturday 7th December 2019
Fairgrounds Festival, Berry NSW
Wednesday 11th December 2019
The Zoo, Brisbane QLD
Thursday 12th December 2019
Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC
Tickets on-sale at handsometours.com
PRAISE FOR THE LEMONHEADS
“Dando is still able to make his old songs shine…and other people’s, for that matter.” Counteract
“…with their bubblegum melodies and wearily melancholic cores, (The Lemonheads) make pop-rock gold of low-stakes emotions rarely memorialized so tenderly in song” Boston Globe