The Matches Announce 2016 Aussie Tour

15 February 2016 | 6:25 pm | Staff Writer

The Californian veterans are celebrating the 10th anniversary of acclaimed second LP 'Decomposer'

Recently revived Californian pop-punk-cum-art-rock outfit The Matches have unveiled plans to head down old Australia way with a celebratory national tour in honour of the 10th anniversary of their lauded sophomore full-length Decomposer.

The record was a particularly notable one in The Matches' career for a multitude of reasons — not only did it boast a whopping nine producers, including several titans of 20th-century punk such as John Feldmann (Goldfinger), Mark Hoppus (blink-182), Nick Hexum (311), Tim Armstrong (Rancid) and Epitaph founder Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion), but also marked a shift away from the stricter confines of their earlier pop-punk sounds to embrace a more experimental, art-rockish vibe.

The band will, of course,  be playing the album in full — alongside fan favourites from throughout their discography and some of their first new music since they split for hiatus in 2009 — when they hit Aussie shores from Friday 27 May, kicking off their southern sojourn at Melbourne's Max Watt's. They'll also put on performances in Brisbane (The Brightside, Saturday 28 May) and Sydney (Oxford Art Factory, Sunday 29 May) on their whirlwind visit.

Those who are particularly keen to jump into the musical melee can sign up to be eligible for Early Bird tickets, which go on sale from 9am this Wednesday, 17 February. General release passes are up for grabs from the same time on Friday, 19 February and, with only three shows lined up for the band on the biggest island on earth, you'll want to move quickly lest you miss out on the madness altogether.

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