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They Might Be Giants Announce 'Flood' Australian Tour

21 February 2023 | 2:36 pm | Mary Varvaris

They Might Be Giants will perform their 1990 breakthrough album, Flood, in its entirety.

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Indie-folk group They Might Be Giants have announced an October Australian tour where they will perform their 1990 breakthrough album, Flood, in its entirety.

The tour is billed as a collection of "Evening With" shows taking place in theatres across the country. As well as performing Flood in its entirety, They Might Be Giants will be playing tunes from their latest album, Book, released in November 2021.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday, 24 February, at 9 am local time via Destroy All Lines and Metropolis Touring. If you're interested in pre-sale tickets, however, access opens tomorrow (22 February) at 9 am - sign up for Early Bird pre-sale tickets here.

With 33 years of music, 22 albums and over 400 songs released, They Might Be Giants have been as prolific as they’ve been quirky. The songwriting skills of John Flansburgh and John Linnell appeal to the child (and progressive) inside, but also on the outside, with a handful of children’s albums also released to their name.

In a live review of They Might Be Giants at Sydney's Metro Theatre in 2019, The Music writer Mick Radojkovic found that Flood got the most love with the (unfortunately) very relevant Your Racist Friend and the still-excellent, Birdhouse In Your Soul

Mark "Loveman" Pender's trumpet was a huge highlight, especially when coming to the front of the stage and hitting notes that would have had dogs howling. The intro to Istanbul (Not Constantinople) was simply outstanding trumpet-work from the star that once sessioned with David Bowie. The two Johns delighted in stepping back throughout the evening and letting the uber-talented band get the accolades. Marty Beller on drums and percussion also stood out, especially at the start of the second act.

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If that show was anything to go by, their upcoming tour will be something special.


Australian Tour Dates

Thursday 5 October – The Tivoli, Brisbane

Friday 6 October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Saturday 7 October – The Forum, Melbourne

Sunday 8 October – The Gov, Adelaide

Wednesday 11 October – Astor Theatre, Perth