Fiona Kitschin performing with Tropical Fuck Storm
Fiona Kitschin performing with Tropical Fuck Storm in 2022 | Image: Lorne Thomson/Redferns

Tropical Fuck Storm Put Touring Plans on Hold After Bassist Fiona Kitschin Diagnosed with Cancer

Tropical Fuck Storm have put their international touring plans on hold for the remainder of the year, sharing that founding bassist and vocalist Fiona Kitschin has been diagnosed with stage three breast cancer.

“She’s in good spirits considering but it means she’s going to need a lot of treatment,” the band wrote in a statement posted to social media today. “We’re going to have to cancel all the TFS shows we’d planned outside of Australia for 2023 so we can get her all fixed up, shiny and new.”

TFS: “We’ll try to keep you all informed”

The band had a run of shows on the US West Coast scheduled, which were due to kick off in San Diego this month. They’ve all been cancelled and refunds will be offered via the point of purchase. TFS went on to say that they’ll have to “play everything else by ear,” presumably referring to future touring plans, but will “try to keep [us] all informed.”

Kitschin, who also played in The Drones, formed TFS alongside partner and Drones bandmate Gareth Liddiard in 2017. The band’s drummer is High Tension‘s Lauren Hammel and Erica Dunn from Mod Con and Harmony plays guitar, synth and sings backing and co-lead vocals.

They’ve released three albums thus far: 2018 debut A Laughing Death in Meatspace, 2019’s Braindrops and 2021’s Deep States. Last year, Tropical Fuck Storm released a collaborative project with King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard (Satanic Slumber Party), dropped an EP titled Moonburn featuring covers of Iggy Pop and Talking Heads songs, and ended the year with new single ‘The Golden Ratio’.

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