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The Lemonheads Announce Two New Zealand Shows

The Lemonheads Announce Two New Zealand Shows

Thursday 28th August, 2014 8:46AM

Evan Dando-fronted act The Lemonheads is returning to New Zealand for two shows in December.  Formed in 1986, The Lemonheads found their feet in the 90s amid the grunge explosion with tracks like 'It's A Shame About Ray' and their cover of Simon and Garfunkel's 'Mrs Robinson'. Last here in 2007, following the release of their first album of new material in over a decade,  The Lemonheads, the group have since been promising a follow up for a few years now - the upcoming shows providing an opportunity to hear some of the new material along with some good ol' classics...


Undertheradar proudly presents...

The Lemonheads!

Wednesday 17th December, The Tuning Fork, Auckland - SOLD OUT
Tickets from Ticketmaster + usual outlets - click here to purchase

Thursday 18th December, Bodega, Wellington
Tickets from here at UTR, Slow Boat and RPM 

Here's the eponymous track from their 1992 album It's A Shame About Ray...


And here's the video for 'I Don't Wanna'...


PRESS RELEASE:

Lovable rogue EVAN DANDO & his band, those US indie rock legends THE LEMONHEADS should need little introduction. Since their formation in ‘86 they’ve spawned a generation of punk rock relics, college rock classics, band members & column inches, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen them on our shores… this December The Lemonheads will bring us new music mixed in with the old classics and it promises to be a special affair for long-term fans and newcomers alike.

The groups debut album Hate Your Friends was released in 1987 saw four young Boston lads emerge as one of the city’s premier bands, then 22 years ago the hit record It's A Shame About Ray propelled the band into 90s alternative stardom. The bands last new & original material The Lemonheads was released in 2006, and in 2009 we were treated to the covers album Varshons an electric mix of songs from GG Alin to Leonard Cohen. As of late Dando has been holed back up in the studio with the likes of founding member and early co-songwriter Ben Deily (rejoining the ranks for the first time since 1989) and ex-Lemonheads bassist Juliana Hatfield (well-known for her bountiful solo career).

The band are about to head off on tour with The Psychedelic Furs throughout the US and Canada this October and have just been announced to appear at the famed Meredith Music Festival in Australia in December, it is after this that we look forward to welcoming Evan and co back to New Zealand with these two intimate shows, tickets will sell fast.

Recent reviews report that seeing the band live, will take you back to a time of ripped jeans and youthful abandon, that Dando has got it now and forever, and as always it’s about those songs.

Joining Dando & Co in AUCKLAND are our own well loved alternative pop rockers Goodshirt, best known for the hit singles “Sophie”, “Green”, “Buck it up” and “Fiji Baby”. Last year Goodshirt snuck back on the scene after an extended break, and in their true DIY style self produced and recorded the Skinny Mirror EP. With frontman Rodney Fisher well and truly back in New Zealand the band have a release poised with another video set for October.



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I guess you never know what you are going to get with Evan Dando. I certainly didn't want him to phone in his vocals, I also didn't want an embarrassingly average FOH mix, which rendered the bass as flat and lifeless as the drums it was smothering. Nor, did I really want to have been subjected to (and I quote one nearby punter (the Weekend at Bernie's set) Yet, I got all of those things. For some reason I also thought Juliana Hatfield was in the current lineup too. Sadly no, On-stage sound issues also seemed to spur the band into mediocrity, even though Dando gave the engineers every chance to sort out at the top of the set with 3 acoustic openers. A to -the-minute 60 mins set only, no encore (I was relieved about that).

So yeah, you never know what you're going to get from Dando. A fair selection of songs from the back catalog, sounded better after the 2nd set of relays in the toilets to be fair, but all in all...meek.
Posted by Bob Mould - anonymous 1 year ago


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