“We sit around on couches, buying what we think makes us who we are, like a hungry ghost”, it was these words from Kalle Lasn’s book Culture Jam that resonated with Violent Soho’s Luke Boerdam and acted as a major influence on him while penning the Mansfield (4122) band’s highly acclaimed third record, Hungry Ghost, which has subsequently lead to ‘Soho’ (as their loyal fans refer to them as) enjoying a whirlwind of success over the last nine months.
Today we’re very psyched to announce that rather than slowing down, Violent Soho will be heading out on their biggest national tour to date this July and taking Melbourne’s The Smith Street Band with them as special guest supports – a tour that promises to wow crowds all over the country and have kids jumping from everything in sight.
It’s a funny thing how 11 songs can make such a difference for a band, even one who has experienced as much as Violent Soho have (now in their 10th year as a band) such as signing to the Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth) led label Ecstatic Peace!, being invited to play ATP in the UK by Les Savy Fav and touring the US with acts such as Built to Spill, Alice in Chains, Dinosaur Jr and The Bronx.
However it seems that the 11 tracks the band recorded in Brisbane with producer Bryce Moorhead which make up the Hungry Ghost record have certainly seen Soho take yet another impressive stride forward and hit new benchmarks, whether it be the LP debuting at #6 on the ARIA charts, single ‘Covered in Chrome’ (watch here) coming in at #14 in Triple J’s Hottest 100, a sold out national album tour, being announced on triple j’s ‘One Night Stand’, being placed in many albums of 2014 lists or playing to packed out festival crowds at Falls Festival and Big Day Out (Groovin The Moo coming up!).
There really appears to be no telling just how far Violent Soho are capable of reaching as they continue to soar at an exponential rate and with this next headline tour of Australia locked and loaded, we’ll see the boys from Mansfield cement themselves as one of the finest Australian rock backs doing the rounds.
Joining Violent Soho on this epic tour and taking on the reigns as main support will be Melbourne’s favourite sons The Smith Street Band. Headliners in their own right, The Smith Street Band have won the hearts of many around the world with their honest songwriting, passionate live shows and their two great albums, plus their latest offering, the Don’t Fuck With Our Dreams EP. Be sure not to miss our brothers from the south as they warm up the stages for Violent Soho this July.
With news of this tour spreading quickly today, be sure to get in quick to see Mansfield’s finest, Violent Soho, show fans and critics alike just what all the fuss is about.
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE SMITH STREET BAND
General public on sale from 9am local time, Friday 4th of April
All tickets available from www.violentsoho.com
Thu 3 July The Bakery | Perth (18+)
Fri 4 July The Gov | Adelaide (Lic AA)
Sat 5 July The Hi-Fi | Melbourne (18+)
Fri 11 July Manning Bar | Sydney (18+)
Sat 12 July The Hi-Fi | Brisbane (18+)
HUNGRY GHOST IS OUT NOW THROUGH I OH YOU