Legendary Melbourne punks The Meanies announce tour

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Legendary Melbourne punks The Meanies announce tour

The Meanies tour

The Meanies to play Adelaide, Melbourne and Geelong shows on back of their new 7" single and ahead of a Spanish tour.

Melbourne’s legendary punks The Meanies are set to play shows in Adelaide, Geelong and Melbourne over the coming weeks around the release of a new 7″ single and ahead of a tour of Spain. Local indie Fantastic Mess Records will be releasing the new single ‘Old Car to Shangri-La’, which is taken from The Meanies’ latest album Desperate Measures.

The single is coming in September and is the sixth in the series of singles (which began in 2008) featuring Meanies’ a-sides and Meanies covers on the b-sides. The b-side of this one features Chinese Burns Unit and The Hellebores doing ‘The Meanie Twist’ and ‘Lyin’ respectively. The single will reportedly feature a wild sleeve from Glenno Smith. The single can be pre-ordered directly from Fantastic Mess Records here.

The Meanies live dates and venues

  • Sat 27 Aug – Enigma Bar, Adelaide
    + Cull The Band + Bitchspawn
    On sale now
  • Thu 22 Sep – Brunswick Ballroom
    + Rot TV + Money For Rope
    On sale now
  • Fri 23 Sep – Barwon Club, Geelong
    + Rot TV + Sacramento Sweaters
    On sale now

Check out Melbourne’s most comprehensive gig guide here. 

The band will precede the single with a show on Saturday 27 August at Enigma Bar in Adelaide with guests Cull The Band and Bitchspawn, one in Melbourne on Thursday 22 September at the Brunswick Ballroom with guests Rot TV and Money For Rope, and one in Geelong on Friday 23 September at the Barwon Club with guests Rot TV and Sacramento Sweaters.

Following that, The Meanies head to Spain for three weeks of shows in late October and November; primarily headliners but also shows with Los Chicos, Daddy Longlegs, Discipulos de Dionisos and a festival called Funtastic. The tour will cap an eventful year for the Meanies which has seen them finally complete their much delayed Desperate Measures tour and also play with the Foo Fighters in Geelong.

Starting out in ’88, following on from the late ’80s GOD/Bored scene and anticipating the subsequent successes of Spiderbait and Magic Dirt, The Meanies are genuine Melbourne icons and national treasures. Arriving at the same time as grunge, they defied the odds with a pop punk-meets-hardcore sound that pre-empted what was to come out of the US on labels like Epitaph and Fat Wreck Chords.

They became Triple J and Big Day Out faves (they did the BDO in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1999!) and kings of the all-ages circuit, and they toured their arses off, playing with the likes of Nirvana, The Lemonheads, Redd Kross, Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam and Bad Brains along the way.

The Meanies’ Desperate Measures is out now on Cheersquad Records & Tapes.