Press Release: The Verlaines National Tour
Seminal Dunedin band The Verlaines are pleased to announce they will be playing around the country in March this year.
1980: 30 years ago The Verlaines formed while at Logan Park High School. A young Graeme Downes gets together with some like-minded individuals having heard the Clean, the Same (Chills in Embryo) and began a writing career that now extends to nine studio albums and many other singles and EPs.
30 years later its 2010: Graeme is writing prodigiously (A new album has been penned over the summer for recording and release this year) and playing a combination of both old Verlaines material and brand-new songs from recent albums such as Potboiler (2007) and Corporate Moronic (2009).
It's actually very difficult finding a balance between old and new (let alone middle period). Obviously we want to be out playing the most recent albums but I think we have got the balance about right.
"One of this country's most adventurous and accomplished songwriters...
...Potboiler is a very good record"
Nick Bollinger NZ Listener
It's funny, it's precise, and its very crafty...Corporate Moronic furthers the case for Downes as a top-tier songwriter.
The Verlaines are touring with some of Graemes former students Anthonie "Tono" Tonnon and Simon Comber, who will be playing support at these gigs.
I'm honoured to share the stage with these guys. They are songwriter/story tellers of the highest quality. Hopefully if some of the older Verlaines fans come out of the woodwork they will be turned on to their work as well.
The Verlaines National Tour 2010
with support from Simon Comber and Tono
Dunedin Sat 13 March Otago Uni Main Common Room
Auckland Fri 19 March Monte Cristo Room
Wellington Fri 26 March Bodega
Christchurch Sat 27 March The Bedford
Limited Pre-sale Tickets $20 from www.UnderTheRadar.co.nz
+64 21 44 01 60