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Presented by Panache Booking, Aarght Records and Flightless

The Oblivians (USA)

with special guests

Wednesday 11 March 2015 to Friday 13 March 2015 (opening 8:00 PM)

at The Tote ( venue info )
71 Johnston St, Collingwood


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Single Day Pass Wednesday 11 March 2015 AUD$34.70
Single Day Pass Thursday 12 March 2015 AUD$34.70
Single Day Pass Friday 13 March 2015 AUD$34.70
Season Pass To All Three Gigs AUD$95.90  + Free Screenprinted Poster or T-shirt
PLEASE NOTE: You can only purchase 1 season pass at a time. You can however order as many passes as you wish but this must be done through a new order.

This is it. Finally. For the first time in their 21 year existence The Oblivians are making their maiden voyage down under. The godfathers of modern garage-punk. The heirs to the throne. The nastiest, filthiest most obscene rock’n’roll pioneers of the modern era are coming for a whirlwind tour of every East-coast gritty pub they could find. Most never thought they’d get the chance to witness The Oblivians live, but now the time has come to watch them tear across Australia.


But first some history…


...The Oblivians came together in Memphis in 1993 when Greg Cartwright and Jack Yarber from the Compulsive Gamblers met Eric Friedl from Hawaii. They abruptly blew apart, letting loose with some of the rawest garage punk yet heard. Their brand of unhinged rock’n’roll was loaded with the feel of the blues but seethed with the fun and desperation of the best punk, helping to kick-start an explosion of raw garage rock’n’roll bands around the world.


After their break up in 1998, their legacy has only grown, with artists like Jay Reatard, Black Lips and Ty Segall taking cues from the Memphis heroes and reaching out to audiences worldwide. Meanwhile, Greg Cartwright continued with Reigning Sound, reaching deeper into traditional musical strains and refining a more soulful approach in his songs for several fantastic records - the most recent of which came out this year on Merge Records.


In the years since Eric Friedl has focused his efforts on Goner Records – releasing records by Australians Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Cosmic Psychos and Ausmuteants in the US – and the annual Gonerfest, serving as a pilgrimage for countless touring Australian bands. Total Control, Royal Headache, Deaf Wish, The UV Race, Bits of Shit, Super Wild Horses, Straight Arrows and The Stevens have all blessed the stage there.


Last year saw the release of the first Oblivians album since their breakup, the Desperation LP on seminal LA-based In The Red Records, showing they’d lost none of their flair for raw punk-inspired delivery and top-notch song-writing.


Finally it’s our chance to play host, with a string of sweaty small rock’n’roll club shows along the East Coast, including a slot at the Golden Plains Festival. Aunty Meredith herself declared them as “the holy grail of modern day garage punk”.


Oblivians will play headline dates at Newtown Social Club in Sydney on March 4, Brisbane Hotel in Hobart on March 5, Barwon Club in Geelong on March 9, Wooly Mammoth in Brisbane on March 14, and a special three-night residency at Melbourne's iconic The Tote on March 11, 12 and 13 (special three-show passes available) - all tickets on sale now, supports soon to be announced.  

A season pass for all three shows at The Tote is available for $90, which includes a bonus one-off exclusive Oblivians design screenprinted on punter's choice of poster or t-shirt (the option, including shirt sizes, can be selected at checkout). The shirts and posters will be printed by Too Far Gone Screenprinting on the Thursday, and available for collection at the Friday gig.


“Desperation sounds slicker than ever.” - Pitchfork

“Desperation may prove to me the best rock record of the year” - Dusted

“[Desperation] is all fans could have hoped for in a reunion and should whet any punker’s appetite for the tour to follow.” - American Songwriter

“With a deeper musicality and more charisma than most... they are legends in their scene for good reason.” - Memphis Flyer

“[Oblivians] tore through two decades’ worth of the craft they’ve turned into an art: the two-minute song cranked to 11.” - Nashville Scene

“A ferocious performance that defied their decade long nap” - LA Record

This is an 18+ event.

* Over 18's only unless advertised otherwise. * Photo ID is essential,­ acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence or Passport. Please check with the venue for any other acceptable forms of photo ID * All children under 18 not permitted including small children and babies * Intoxicated persons will not be admitted * No thongs or steel cap boots * The venue reserves the right to refuse admission to any person * Dangerous behaviour including Crowd Surfing, Stage Diving, Moshing and Violent Dancing is not allowed and will result in your immediate removal from this venue.*Inappropriate behaviour at this venue will lead to your banning.*