Dean Wareham Tours Galaxie 500 In October

Dean Wareham Tours Galaxie 500 In October

Monday 5th September, 2011 3:31PM
Undertheradar are over the moon to present the return of Dean Wareham to NZ, touring Galaxie 500 in October. The kiwi-born musician moved to the US in the late 70s and formed Galaxie 500 with two others in 86. The band met with considerable success, releasing three albums on Rough Trade which were re-released last year. The tour kicks off in his birthplace, Wellington...

Friday 14th October, Bodega - Wellington
Thursday 20th October, Kings Arms - Auckland

Tickets on sale Thursday 8th September from here at UTR, Real Groovy in Auckland and Slow Boat in Wellington.

For those keen to [re]acquaint yourself with Galaxie 500 ahead of the tour,  all of their releases are available to stream and purchase via bandcamp.

Here is a television feature on the band from 1990...

Press Release:

Dean Wareham brings the songs of seminal US indie band Galaxie 500 to New Zealand in October for concerts in Auckland and Wellington, proudly presented by 95bFM, UnderTheRadar and

Following the re-release of Galaxie 500’s three classic albums on Domino Records last year, the Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500 tour hits Australia and New Zealand – featuring Wareham, his wife Britta Phillips (Luna, Belltower), and drummer Anthony Lamarca.

The three-piece band will play the following two NZ dates:

• Friday October 14: Bodega, Wellington, (with the DeSotos)
• Thursday October 20: Kings Arms, Auckland, (with the Stereo Bus, and the DeSotos).

Tickets are available from 9am Thursday September 8th, from, Real Groovy and Slow Boat Records.

Dean Wareham was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1963 and lived in Wellington and in Sydney, Australia, before moving to New York City in 1977.

Galaxie 500, formed in Boston in 1986 and recorded three studio albums -- Today, On Fire and This Is Our Music -- for Rough Trade. They met with much acclaim in their short time together but dissolved in 1991.

Post Galaxie 500, Wareham formed Luna, recording seven studio albums (including Penthouse) for Elektra and Beggar’s Banquet between 1992 and 2004. Luna’s Penthouse was cited by Rolling Stone as one of the hundred best albums of the nineties.

He now records as one half of Dean & Britta. Their latest project, 13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, is a multi-media collaboration commissioned by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Dean & Britta performed the Andy Warhol Screen Test show at Wellington’s Town Hall in 2010 -- as part of the NZ Festival of the Arts.

Wareham’s has also written a memoir of his time in indie rock and elsewhere – Black Postcards – which is now a Penguin paperback.

“Galaxie 500 became bona fide treasures of indie rock.” – Mojo

“Galaxie 500 purred while others shouted.” – Chris Roberts

“One of the era’s best bands” – Byron Coley

“When new bands play guitar music heavy on reverb and slow in tempo-- a combination that drapes tunes in a sublimely druggy dream-pop haze-- I can be slow to embrace them. It's not that there isn't plenty of good music in this vein being made. It's that one band, 20 years ago, did this sound so well and with so much personality, they set a difficult standard for newcomers to meet.” – Pitchfork, 2010

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