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Thou Debut New Zealand Shows Announced

Thou Debut New Zealand Shows Announced

Chris Cudby / Monday 25th September, 2023 10:19AM

Baton Rouge, Louisiana sludge / drone / doom collective Thou are delving down under for the very first time this coming March, revealing two Aotearoa headline dates as part of their just-announced inaugural tour of Australasia. Collaborators with recent visitors The Body on 2015's You, Whom I Have Always Hated (via Thrill Jockey) and gothic-metal songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle (who played here last year with Chelsea Wolfe) on their 2020 long-player May Our Chambers Be Full, Thou have numerous releases under their belt via the prestigious Sacred Bones Records imprint, including 2021's NORCO Original Game Soundtrack with Gewgawly I, and 2020's compilation A Primer of Holy Words — a companion piece to their cacophonous Nirvana covers album Blessings of the Highest Order. Sure to be formidable live, experience the intensity and the majesty of Thou in Te Whanganui-a-Tara and Ōtautahi at the dates following — brought to you by Your Mate Bookings...


Monday 18th March — Valhalla, Wellington [cancelled]
Tuesday 19th March - A Rolling Stone, Christchurch [cancelled]

Listen to Thou's 'The Hammer' from their 2018 album Inconsolable...

Hit play on Thou and Emma Ruth Rundle's 'Killing Floor' from their 2020 collaborative album May Our Chambers Be Full...

Experience Thou's scorching rendition of 'Aneurysm' from their 2020 Nirvana covers album Blessings of the Highest Order...

Press release:

The Baton Rouge, Louisiana THOU bring their iconic brand of sludge to Australia and New Zealand in 2024 for the first time in history!

The group will tour across the cities of Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Wellington, Christchurch, Adelaide, Frankston and Melbourne in Australia and New Zealand in Autumn 2024.

Though often lumped in with New Orleans sludge bands like Eyehategod and Crowbar, Thou shares a more spiritual kinship with ’90s proto-grunge bands like Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden (all of whom they’ve covered extensively, both in the studio and onstage).

The band’s aesthetic and political impulses reflect the obscure ’90s DIY hardcore punk found on labels like Ebullition, Vermiform, and Crimethinc.

Since 2004 the band has released five full-length albums, six EPs (some bordering on full lengths), collaboration records with The Body and Emma Ruth Rundle, and enough material spread out over splits to make up another four or five LPs.


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