Billy Talent announce Australian tour

25 May 2012 | 1:41 pm | Staff Writer
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It's been three years in the making, but Canada's finest rockers Billy Talent are set to return to Australian shores in August. The Ontario quartet will perform three shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne for the first time since Soundwave 2009, with Adelaide and Perth sorely missing out this time around.Now in their 19th year as a band, Billy Talent will be touring on the back of their yet-to-be titled fifth studio album, which will be released in July. The first single from the album is called 'Viking Death March', and will be streaming in full later today.

Billy Talent announced their arrival by crashing a Mac Truck full of complex riffs and fret board wizardry into the lounge room of 3 chord pop punk. Their debut was a phenomenon: “endlessly anthemic, bursting with hooks, impeccably played and thrillingly heavy where it counts” –Toronto Star.

Three albums full of big-rock structures and powerful chorus hooks have propelled Billy Talent into mainstream success and solidified their status as one of Canada’s greatest band; “What this was, in an age of irony, indie and nostalgia, was an authentic arena rock experience, jam-packed with huge hits ‘Rusted From The Rain’, ‘Surrender’, ‘Nothing To Lose’, ‘Try Honesty’…” - Chartattack

Having skipped Australia on their last album due to a crushing tour schedule, the band wanted to make sure that we are one of the very first places that they visit on their upcoming World tour. Needless to say, expect a big big show!

“Blistering with energy, Billy Talent capture the spirit, attitude and explosiveness that first launched rock’s rebel cause. The band captures a pressing sense of urgency devoid of anything trite or gimmicky.” - Contact Music.

Tickets are on sale Friday June 1 at 9:00am.

Thursday August 9 - The Hi-Fi, Brisbane - 18
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Friday August 10 - UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney - Lic/AA
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Sunday August 12 - Billboard, Melbourne - 18
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