Fresh from throwing her support behind controversial Russian all-girl punk act, Pussy Riot, Canada’s hottest musical export and forthcoming Meredith Music Festival headliner, Grimes has announced her debut Australian tour dates.
The Montreal-based artist – real name Claire Boucher – will headline Melbourne’s Corner Hotel, Brisbane’s Zoo and Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory in support of her breakout 2012 record Visions.
Grimes was developed amongst the DIY scene in Vancouver in 2006; a scene where both punk ethos and pop music collide, resulting in a distinct sense of community, religiosity and psychedelic revelry.
Taking in a variety of influences, from bubblegum to K-pop, Boucher’s futurist, hook heavy electronica deigns her as a one-woman force; crafting a unique sound across three self-produced albums – Geidi Primes, Halafaxa and her most recent, critically acclaimed Visions – recorded entirely from her Montreal bedroom.
Boucher says her latest record was “conceived in a period of self-imposed cloistering during which time I did not see daylight”. This nine-day isolation allowed her to reach deep into her subconscious to develop an anthology of tracks that navigates the tricky space between meaningful and danceable perfectly.
Released in March this year via 4AD/ Remote Control, Visions set the course for sold-out tours of America and Europe and appearances on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon & Later With Jools Holland. Looping and layering her stratospheric falsetto, Boucher’s hypnotic live shows mix contagious electronica and ethereal melody, with The Guardian naming a recent London performance “an explosion of youthful creativity, without rules.”
As she perpetually evolves and surprises, Grimes’ long-awaited Australian debut comes not a moment too soon.
Tickets to all shows are on sale now.
GRIMES AUSTRALIAN TOUR // 2012 TOUR DATES
Friday 7 December 2012 – Meredith Music Festival, Victoria
More info. www.mmf.com.au
Monday 10 December 2012 – OAF, Sydney.
Tickets from Moshtix, online www.moshtix.com.au, by phone 1300 Get Tix (438 849)