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Bench Press New Zealand Shows Announced

Bench Press New Zealand Shows Announced

Monday 15th July, 2019 11:53AM

Melbourne post-punks Bench Press are bringing their wired energy and hairpin hooks to Aotearoa in August, to play a pair of sure to be explosive headline events Wellington's San Fran and Auckland's Whammy Bar. The four-piece are celebrating the release of their punchy and frenetic new sophomore long player Not The Past, Can’t Be The Future, released in late June via Poison City Records. They'll be supported in Wellington by ear-scrubbing local faves Ayn Randy, First Move and Fruit Juice Parade, and in Auckland by Repairs, TOOMS and King Ketchup – don't think twice about catching Bench Press at the dates below...

Bench Press
Thursday 1st August - San Fran, Wellington w/ Ayn Randy, First Move, Fruit Juice Parade
Saturday 3rd August - Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ Repairs, TOOMS, King Ketchup

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Watch the stylishly animated clip for Bench Press' anthem 'Respite' from Not The Past, Can’t Be The Future...

Press release:

Melbourne post-punks Bench Press will release their new album Not The Past, Can’t Be The Future on June 28 via Poison City Records. Soon after, the band will take the album out on tour around Australia and New Zealand in July / August.

On their second full-length, Bench Press have refined their sound by maintaining some the frantic aggression of their self-titled debut, but have also brought a tighter approach to both melodicism and structure. Almost every song clocks in at under three minutes as a testament to their ‘don’t bore us, get to the chorus’ philosophy. Bench Press project the wirey minimalism of early Talking Heads and Devo through a lens of heavier late-80s contemporary post-punk in a distinct shade of Melbourne garage. What was once easily categorised as post-punk can just as accurately be described as ‘really, really loud pop music’ and it’s really, really good.

The second taste of Not The Past, Can’t Be The Future comes via “Old. Self. Doubt”, which perfectly exemplifies the Bench Press ethos - its short, sharp, clean and loud.


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Bench Press
Sat 3rd Aug 8:00pm
Whammy Bar, Auckland