THE MEANIES Reschedule QLD Dates + Announce Openers for ‘Better Late Than Never Desperate Measures’ Tour

In the aftermath of Melbourne’s latest lockdown, Australia’s punk-rock heavyweights The Meanies will no longer be travelling to Queensland this weekend for Spring Loaded on Saturday or their shows at the Zoo on Friday and the Miami Marketta on Sunday. Spring Loaded and the Miami Marketta shows are going ahead with revised line ups – acts featuring Melbourne-based members are unable to attend – and The Meanies‘ headliner at the Zoo has been moved to Friday November 12. Tickets for the Zoo show will remain valid, while refunds can be arranged at the point of purchase for those who are now unable to attend.

In addition to these changes, The Meanies have announced opening acts for all dates of their BETTER LATE THAN NEVER DESPERATE MEASURES TOUR’, which now kicks of July 1, and which features DickLord as the main support on all shows bar one. DickLord, who will be going out on the back of their new single PMA and recent album ‘It’s Soooo Boring’ (both out now on Consume/Valve) have been spoken of by Monster Children thusly: 

“With songs about periods, shitty landlords and being fingered weird, there’s something in DickLord‘s lyrics we can all relate to. Mix that in with splashes of Bad Brains and Black Flag references and you’ve got yourself a seriously good band.” .

The MeaniesBETTER LATE THAN NEVER DESPERATE MEASURES TOUR is a belated celebration of their ‘new’ album. ‘Desperate Measures‘ is a hard, fast and catchy onslaught of hard-hitting Meanies mayhem. It evokes the classic sound that made the band a household name in all the worst houses back in the ’90s, and which has influenced generation after generation of young punks ever since. ‘Desperate Measures’, out now on Cheersquad Records and Tapes

See below for all tour details.

Accompanying the tour announcement, and because it is their album tour after all, The Meanies have picked another radio single from ‘Desperate Measures’. Sousa, the album’s closing track, is bittersweet power pop punk with a couple of killer hooks, fat guitar and some perhaps deliberately obtuse lyrics from Linky that speak of a difficult time: 

“When your waking world makes less sense than your dreams and the realities of the failed experiment slap you in the face like a cold fish you write a song like Sousa; not really in the hope of making any sense of it all but more as a futile salve for what ails ya.”

THE MEANIES – Starting out in ’88, following on from the late ’80s GOD/Bored scene and anticipated the subsequent successes of Spiderbait and Magic Dirt, The Meanies are genuine Melbourne icons and national treasures. Arriving at the same time as grunge, they defied the odds with a pop punk-meets-hardcore sound that pre-empted what was to come out of the US on labels like Epitaph and Fat Wreck Chords.  They became Triple J and Big Day Out faves (they did the BDO in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1999!) and kings of the all-ages circuit, and they toured their arses off, playing with the likes of Nirvana, The Lemonheads, Redd Kross, Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam and Bad Brains along the way. They toured Europe, the US and Japan and retain an international following. And like their older and uglier brethren The Cosmic Psychos, The Meanies are now enjoying a late career revival, which begun with the release of their first album in 21 years, ‘It’s Not Me It’s You’ in late 2015 on Poison City Records. ‘Desperate Measures’ was released in July 2020. 

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS DICKLORD (All shows except Geelong)

Thu July 1 – The Tote, Melb + Persecution Blues + Cheeky Geezers- TICKETS

Fri July 2 – The Tote, Melb + Super American Eagle + Sidesplitter- TICKETS

Sat July 3 – Jive, Adelaide + Cull The Band – TICKETS

Wed July 7 – La La La’s, Wollongong + Ape Rib –  TICKETS

Thu July 8 – Lansdowne, Sydney  + Blitz Babiez – 

Fri July 9  – Narrabeen RSL + Tshitaki – TICKETS

Sat July 10 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle + I Hate People  – TICKETS

Sun July 11 – The Basement, Canberra + Charlotte & the Harlots   – TICKETS 

Fri July 16 – Barwon Club, Geelong + Poppin Mommas + Eyeroll (no Dicklord)- TICKETS

Fri July 23 The Eastern, Ballarat + The Dawdlers- TICKETS

Fri July 24, – Railway Hotel Macedon + Persecution Blues – TICKETS

Fri Nov 12 – The Zoo, Bris – TICKETS

The Meanies’ Desperate Measures is out now on 
Cheersquad Records & Tapes.



Thanks to Dave Laing Publicity

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