March 12, 2024



SATURDAY JUNE 8: RISING: Day Tripper at Melbourne Town Hall * SOLD OUT!
SUNDAY JUNE 9: DAREBIN ARTS CENTRE with special guest Hantu. Tickets on sale here.

Mistletone proudly presents the first ever AU tour by MEMORIALS ~ the new duo of Verity Susman (Electrelane) + Matthew Simms (Wire). MEMORIALS are part of the brilliant Day Tripper lineup at RISING and will also play a Melbourne headline show at Darebin Arts Centre plus a Sydney show at Phoenix Central Park.

As a duo, MEMORIALS multi-instrumentalists Verity Susman (Electrelane) and Matthew Simms (Wire, Better Corners, It Hugs Back, UUUU) cover plenty of ground on stage, juggling instruments in a set up resembling that of a 5-piece band. Their sound touches on the many points for which they are known, veering from melodic songwriting to psychedelic noise, free jazz freakouts, tape loops and drones, and then back again. Their debut double album – Music For Film: Tramps! & Women Against The Bomb – is out via The state51 Conspiracy label.

“Both films explore the liminal period when the 80s began to burst from the chrysalis of the 70s, and the exciting, unpredictable music of MEMORIALS reflects the wild creativity and ambition of the time. Technology was democratising music production, and what had once been wild ideas – gender fluidity, postmodernism, feminism – continued their long swim into the mainstream. For Women Against the Bomb, wide-eyed yet inspiring lyrics (“Just as winter comes to spring… We know that peace will come”) tumble over a sugar rush of guitars. Tramps! is less accessible but just as powerful, especially during the full-pelt title track or Feel of Time’s feral, grinding chaos. Each album is like a trove of tapes uncovered after 40 years, one in the city, the other the countryside. How Susman and Simms present these many moods on stage is a problem that should be fun to watch them fathom” – THE GUARDIAN

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