78 Saab Plot 'Crossed Lines' 20th Anniversary Australian Tour

8 February 2024 | 1:18 pm | Mary Varvaris

The band teased their shock comeback last month.

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78 Saab (Source: Supplied)

Aussie indie rock band 78 Saab made good on last month’s teaser to fans, announcing a 20th-anniversary tour celebrating their album Crossed Lines. The tour announcement is accompanied by the album's release on 180-gram audiophile vinyl as part of a limited first-run vinyl pressing.

The tour takes place this April, with 78 Saab kicking off the celebrations on Friday, 19 April, at Canberra’s The Polo. From there, they head to Sydney’s Great Club on Saturday, 20 April, Melbourne’s Brunswick Ballroom on Friday, 26 April, and Brisbane’s Black Bear Lodge on Saturday, 27 April. The shows mark the band’s first concerts in a decade.

In Canberra and Sydney, the band will be joined by special guests, The Devoted Few, while in Melbourne, they’ll be accompanied by Love Outside Andromeda and Brisbane with Intercooler. The Sydney show is already selling fast. You can find tickets via Troubadour Presents.

Crossed Lines is also coming to audiophile-quality vinyl for the first time - sold in limited quantities at the shows - which was pressed at Brisbane’s Suitcase Records. The album was remastered by William Bowden, who worked from the band’s 2004 mixes to bring out extra warmth and character captured in the original analogue recordings.

78 Saab is Ben Nash (vocals, guitar), Nicholai Danko (drums), Garth Tregillgas (bass) and Jake Andrews (guitar). While on tour, they’ll be joined by long-time collaborator Professor Kirsten Morley on keys.

The band teased their comeback in an Instagram reel that said, “Announcement coming soon” last month. The video was soundtracked by their 2004 track, No Illusions, from Crossed Lines… which turns 20 this October. The reel was captioned “LFG” (let’s fucking go).

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In their 15 years as a band, 78 Saab put out four excellent albums: Picture A Hum, Can't Hear A Sound in 2000, Crossed Lines in 2004, The Bells Line in 2007, and their final album, Good Fortune, in 2010. They disbanded in December 2012 before briefly reuniting in 2013 to play in their home city of Canberra for the city’s 100th-anniversary celebrations alongside The Church and Falling Joys.

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Crossed Lines 20th Anniversary Australian Tour

Friday 19 April, Live At The Polo, Canberra with The Devoted Few

Saturday 20 April, The Great Club, Sydney with The Devoted Few SELLING FAST

Friday 26 April, Brunswick Ballroom, Melbourne with Love Outside Andromeda

Saturday 27 April, Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane with Intercooler