Sydney Post Punks Pel Mel Reunite [UPDATE]

18 July 2012 | 4:18 pm | Dan Condon

Sydney show announced for reunited post-punkers.

Sydney post-punks Pel Mel, who enjoyed a great deal of success in the Australian underground through the first half of the 1980s, have reformed under the name of the pel mel organisation and have booked a show in their native Newcastle for the end of this month.

While the band formed in Newcastle in 1979, they moved to Sydney in 1980 where they spent the majority of their time. The band's first single No Word From China cast them into the spotlight, though the band really showed what they could do with the release of their debut album Out Of Reason, produced by Tony Cohen. 

In their time together the band notched up shows with the likes of Elvis Costello, New Order and The Fall as well as local masters like The Reels, Mental As Anything and The Birthday Party, but in 1984 it all came to its conclusion.

But today the band announced that they were getting back together for their first public shows in 26 years, going back to their roots and playing the Lass O'Gowrie Hotel in Newcastle on Saturday 28 July, with The Limp and Swami Binton. Entry is free.

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[UPDATE] Another pel mel organisation date has appeared for the reunited new wave icons. The band are now scheduled to play in Sydney on Friday 3 August at The Red Rattler Theatre.

The band are listed on a bill that also features Harry & The NDE, a band made up of ex-members of '80s alt outfits Crime & The City Solution and The Moodists (Dave Graney and Clare Moore).

Watch pel mel organisation performing their No Word From China anthem, as performed at an unpublicised gig earlier this year that is believed to have inspired the band to play further shows: