THESE NEW SOUTH WHALES to bring their eclectic comedic show to the gong – playing UOW Unibar, November 28
Australia’s These New South Whales are many things: a band, a TV show, an experience, a phenomenon. Taking influence from punk, metal, new wave, and goth, the foursome formed in 2011 earning an early reputation in Sydney’s underground punk scene as an obscenely compelling act. Live, they wore nipple tape and coughed up sonic hell-scapes with deeply-pitched vocals, jarring loops, and screaming guitars. All against a backdrop of smoke machines and hammering strobe lights.
By the close of 2015 the band was releasing a TV show, season one of These New South Whales, a mockumentary comedy series that satirised the peaks and troughs of life as a band starting out—touring, bandmate stuff, music industry. The lot. Written and produced by the band themselves, TNSW the show gifted funny and weird cameos from CHVRCHES, METZ, DMA’s, DZ Deathrays and more. Due to its cult-like success, TNSW the show was shortly followed by two fifteen-minute-long specials, The Life We Chose and How The Sausage Was Made.
In late 2017, the band released their debut album You Work For Us. The record raised eyebrows for its assertive sound and thoughtful and candid lyricism. FBi named it their Album of The Week, Rolling Stone called the record “restless and raw”.
In 2018, amid touring Australia and Europe, These New South Whales made their anticipated return to big and small screens with These New South Whales s eason two. The first ever Australian band to develop their own series licensed to a cable television network, TNSW signed a history-making deal with Comedy Central. Spanning eight episodes and featuring even bigger and better cameos than last time somehow—The Cure, Jimmy Barnes, Dune Rats, Daniel Johns, Phoebe Tonkin, Ryan Shelton, and more—and Executive Producers including Laura Waters (We Can Be Heroes, Summer Heights High) , Roger O’Donnell of The Cure, and Jeffrey Walker (Modern Family), the second season of These New South Whales felt practically fated for success. Twenty four hours into its premiere on Comedy Central, the website was overwhelmed by traffic and crashed.
These New South Whales kicked off 2019 with a run of summer festivals in Australia and a headline tour of the UK, featuring festival appearances including Hit The North, Live at Leeds and The Great Escape. The touring was accompanied by the release of their first new music since 2017, including singles Nerve 2 Reverse, and In The Light of Day. These infectious and punchy tunes show yet another development in songwriting and a slightly sunnier sound for the band—or as they put it, “We’re interested in growth. It’s punk but it’s not punk.”
With season three in the works, and more music including their latest record, I Just Do What God Tells Me To Do, due for release late 2019, These New South Whales’ future is looking set for good things.
Tickets: $24.54 incl. bf – here