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Augie March: Australian Tour With Special Guests Gareth Liddiard & Dan Luscombe (The Drones)

Written by Toby Smith on May 9, 2009

For the past 13 years Melbourne band Augie March have achieved what very few bands, indeed artists in any field in Australia, can claim to have achieved. While steadily building a loyal and ferocious fan base, they have simultaneously sustained critical acclaim and commercial viability.

This year has seen the completion of two very successful and very different tours on the back of the release of their fourth LP “Watch Me Disappear”. The most recent, titled “On The Quiet” was a sellout, a rare presentation of the band stripped back and swinging, a revelation for many in the audience who perhaps had always heard the music but never realised it was 5 human beings with sticks and strings making it come about.

In contrast this winter, Augie March will don full regalia and take the garden of forking paths into their own schizophrenic past where minotaur’s with broken hearts hold up the front bar, manic pixies bore repeatedly into the necks of corporate swindlers, and the human condition gets ridden roughshod by rabid monkeys into an unthinkable tomorrow. Plus there may be a love song or two. Watch Me Set My Strange Sun You Bloody Choir will be a trip down memory lane for Augie fans because all four albums will have an equal showing on this grand tour.

For their final large-scale tour for 2009, Augie March will be hitting the bitumen in the company of Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe of the phenomenal outfit The Drones. Great friends for many years and fellow travelers on the arduous, terribly unfashionable, and yet rewarding long road. It is a dream pairing for anyone who likes their coffee dark and strong with a dash of firewater. Both bands have seen the snake eat its own tail more than a few times and have forged on with a gritted tooth smile regardless. In an acoustic setting these chaps will shine every night.

Apart from the odd festival this will be the last chance to see Augie March doing what they do before they take a well-earned breather. In their time off there may well be a solo album or two and some time given to projects in film, photography, claymation and other interests. In the meantime we invite you to one of the tours of 2009, from your own country, no evidence required, no gimmicks in the songbox, Augie March.

Thurs 2 July – The National Hotel, Geelong VIC
Tickets: $30+bf pre-sales / $35 door from http://www.oztix.com.au & the venue (03) 5229 1211
Doors: 8pm Special guests: Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe from The Drones

Sat 4 July – The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Adelaide SA
Tickets: $35+bf pre-sales / $40 door from the venue
(08) 8340 0744 http://www.thegov.com.au / Moshtix outlets http://www.moshtix.com.au / Venue*Tix outlets
http://www.venuetix.com.au
Doors: 7.30pm Special guests: Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe from The Drones

Thurs 9 July – The Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta QLD
Tickets: $30+bf pre-sales / $35 door from http://www.oztix.com.au & Oztix outlets
Doors: 8pm Special guests: Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe from The Drones

Fri 10 – July Joe’s Waterhole, Eumundi QLD
Tickets: $30 from the venue (07) 5442 8144 / Backbeat Records, Maroochydore / Shake It Up Music, Nambour
Doors: 7.30pm Special guests: Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe from The Drones

Saturday 11 July – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane QLD
Tickets: $35+bf pre-sales / $40 door from
http://www.thehifi.com.au 1300-THEHIFI (8434434) / Rockinghorse Records / Butter Beats / Sunflower Pacific Fair /
Disasterpiece / Mosh Pit Music / Kill The Music / Gooble Warming / Rockaway Records
Doors: 8pm Special guests: Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe from The Drones

Thurs 16 July – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW
Tickets: $30+bf pre-sales / $35 door from
http://www.bigtix.com.au / Moshtix: 1300 GET TIX (438 849) http://www.moshtix.com.au
Doors: 8.30pm Special guests: Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe from The Drones

Fri 17 July – The Metro, Sydney NSW
Tickets: $35+bf pre-sales / $40 door from the venue (02) 9550 3666 http://www.metrotheatre.com.au /
Ticketek: 132 849 http://www.ticketek.com.au
Doors: 8pm Special guests: Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe from The Drones

Sat 18 July – ANU Bar, Canberra NSW
Tickets: $30+bf pre-sales / $35 door from Ticketek: 132 849 http://www.ticketek.com.au
Doors: 8pm Special guests: Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe from The Dron

Fri 7 August – Moorilla Estate, Berriedale TAS
Tickets: $35+bf pre-sales / $40 door from the venue (03) 6277 9900 http://www.moorilla.com.au / TSO Box Office,
Federation Concert Hall, 1 Davey St, Hobart 1800 001 190
Doors: 6.30pm Special guests: Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe from The Drones

Sat 8 August – Moorilla Estate, Berriedale TAS
Tickets: $35+bf pre-sales / $40 door from the venue (03) 6277 9900 http://www.moorilla.com.au / TSO Box Office,
Federation Concert Hall, 1 Davey St, Hobart 1800 001 190
Doors: 6.30pm Special guests: Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe from The Drones

Fri 14 August – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine VIC
Tickets: $30+bf pre-sales / $35 door from the venue (03) 5472 1196 http://www.theatreroyal.info
Doors: 7pm (dinner), 8pm (show only) Special guests: Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe from The Drones

Sat 15 August – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan VIC
Tickets: $35 (members) & $40 (non-members) from lyrebirdarts@hotmail.com (03) 5664 9239 / Gecko Studio
Gallery, Fish Creek / Main Street Revelation, Foster / Bair Music, Leongatha
Doors: 7pm Special guests: Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe from The Drones

Thurs 20 August – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River WA
Tickets: $30+bf pre-sales / $35 door from http://www.heatseeker.com.au / Beach Life, Margaret River / Blue 62, Busselton
Doors: 9pm Special guests: Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe from The Drones

Fri 21 August – Fly By Night, Fremantle WA
Tickets: $35+bf pre-sales / $40 door from http://www.heatseeker.com.au / the venue (08) 9430 5976 http://www.flybynight.org /
Star Surf, Perth / Planet, Mt Lawley / Mills Records, Fremantle
Doors: 8pm Special guests: Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe from The Drones

Sat 22 August – Fly By Night, Fremantle WA
Tickets: $35+bf pre-sales / $40 door from http://www.heatseeker.com.au / the venue (08) 9430 5976 http://www.flybynight.org /
Star Surf, Perth / Planet, Mt Lawley / Mills Records, Fremantle
Doors: 9pm Special guests: Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe from The Drones

Thursday 27 August – Karova Lounge, Ballarat VIC
Tickets: $30+bf pre-sales / $35 door from http://www.oztix.com.au & the venue (03) 5332 9122
Doors: 8.30pm Special guests: Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe from The Drones

Sat 29 August – The Forum Theatre, Melbourne VIC
Tickets: $35+bf pre-sales / $40 door from Ticketek: 132 849 http://www.ticketek.com.au
Doors: 8pm Special guests: Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe from The Drones

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