Defeater and Blacklisted Return To Australia

25 June 2012 | 10:37 am | Dan Condon

The worst kept secret in hardcore is officially out of the bag.

To fans of Massachusetts' hugely diverse melodic hardcore masters Defeater, news announced today of a forthcoming Australian tour will come as no surprise, the plans have been in motion for a while and its hardly been secretive. But that doesn't mean they'll be any less excited to hear of the band's impending visit, a mere year or so after their last tour of Australia in which they performed an electric series of shows that blew minds across the nation. Last year saw the band release the epic Empty Days & Sleepless Nights, a double LP that really made them stand out from the crowd and one which has been heralded in the punk rock community as one of the finer releases of last year. The band once again blending acoustic balladry with hardcore in ways that are more seamless than they should be.

There's extra special news to go along with this announcement though, that being that the band will be joined by the ever-evolving Philly post-hardcore dudes Blacklisted, who will hit our shores for the first time since 2008. These guys are unashamedly changing their sound constantly, progressing on to bigger and better things and it will be exciting to witness them live once again.

There are heaps of shows planned, throw some dates in your phone/diary/calendar now. Tickets are on sale from Friday morning.