The Meanies are hitting The Tote for back-to-back shows
09.07.2021

The Meanies are hitting The Tote for back-to-back shows

Words by Talia Rinaldo

The Meanies’ Better Late Than Never Desperate Measures Tour is a belated celebration of their 2020 album.

Melbourne’s renowned punk rockers The Meanies are returning to the sweaty, beer-splattered stages of Victoria this month as part of their Better Late Than Never Desperate Measures Tour, which was meant to start last month in Brisbane.

What you need to know

  • The Meanies are hitting the road this month playing a bunch of shows across Victoria
  • The band are touring to celebrate their latest album, Desperate Measures, released in July 2020
  • Tickets are on sale now

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As COVID lockdowns continue to wreak more havoc than Wally Meanie at a wine tasting, The Meanies will now kick off their tour in Geelong at The Barwon Club on Friday July 16, before busting eardrums in Ballarat at The Eastern on Friday July 23.

They’ll then hit the Macedon Railway Hotel on Saturday July 24, before continuing the tour in October with shows at The Tote on Friday October 22 and Saturday October 23.

Earning a reputation as one of the country’s most pre-eminent underground rock acts with their raucous live shows in the ’90s, the Better Late Than Never Desperate Measures Tour is a belated celebration of 2020 album, Desperate Measures.

Released last year, this is the first album from the band in five years, coming after 2015’s seminal It’s Not Me, It’s You, which in itself was the band’s first record since 1994.

Recorded at St Kilda’s Hothouse Audio, the ten-track effort sees the beloved group back at their best, delivering a collection of raw, hard-hitting cuts that reminds us just why we fell in love with the band in the first place.

In the 30-plus years since their formation, the punk titans have released six studio albums, including the likes of Come ‘n’ See (1992), Televolution (1994) and 10% Weird (1994) – all of which were monumental albums for Melbourne’s underground scene, and stood as particular inspirations for punk contemporaries Frenzal Rhomb.

Check out The Meanies’ Victorian dates below.

Friday July 16 – Barwon Club, Geelong. Tickets here.
Friday July 23 – The Eastern, Ballarat. Tickets here.
Saturday July 24 – Railway Hotel Macedon. Tickets here.
Friday October 22 – The Tote, Melbourne. Tickets here.
Saturday October 23 – The Tote, Melbourne. Tickets here.

For more on The Meanies, head to their website.