Having already been announced as part of the delectably eclectic Meredith Music Festival lineup for 2012, PRIMAL SCREAM are returning to Australia for the first tme since 2011 when they performed their era-defining album Screamadelica in full. Armed with their catalogue of classics, fan favourites and brand new songs – they’ve now announced a nationwide tour.

After 30 years as a band, British game-changers PRIMAL SCREAM remain at the cutting edge, blending rock, psychedelia and electro into a space where echoes of the past meet a beautiful future.

With long-time bassist Mani departing to re-form The Stone Roses, Debbie Googe of My Bloody Valentine has picked up the bass to join singer Bobby Gillespie, guitarist Andrew Innes, keyboardist Martin Duffy, drummer Darrin Mooney and guitarist Barrie Cadogan.

PRIMAL SCREAM are now drawing from all parts of their far-reaching career. “How can you go from ‘Get your rocks off’ to Shine Like Stars?” Gillespie asked The Irish Times recently. “The way you do it is play it intensely and sincerely and with conviction. Play like you f—ing mean it.”

That’s just what the SCREAM have been doing, with recent setlists spanning 1991’s Screamadelica (Movin’ on Up, Damaged, Come Together, Slip Inside This House, Loaded, Higher Than the Sun), 1994’s Give Out But Don’t Give Up (Jailbird, Rocks), 2000’s XTRMNTR (Swastika Eyes, Accelerator, Shoot Speed/Kill Light), 2006’s Riot City Blues (Country Girl) and new songs (2012, Relativity) plucked from sessions for their 10th studio album, set to be the follow-up to 2008’s Beautiful Future.

Frontman Gillespie reveals the band’s new album is close to completion and features input from producers Andrew Weatherall, David Holmes, Tom Elmhirst (Amy Winehouse, Adele) and My Bloody Valentine guitarist Kevin Shields. “No, it doesn’t sound anything like Screamadelica,” he told The Irish Times. “It has to be relevant to now. I’ve got something to say and we’re going to f—ing say it.”

As they enter their fourth decade, one thing remains the same: PRIMAL SCREAM will always say it with passion and energy. Be among the first to glimpse the future when PRIMAL SCREAM tour Australia this December.


Monday December 3 – The Tivoli – Brisbane
Tix: www.ticketek.com.au
Outlets and phonecharge 132 849

Wednesday December 5 – Enmore Theatre – Sydney
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Outlets and phonecharge 132 849

Friday December 7 – The Palace Theatre – Melbourne
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Outlets and phonecharge 136 100
Outlets and phonecharge 1300 762 545

Sunday December 9 – HQ – Adelaide
Tix: www.oztix.com.au
Outlets and phonecharge 1300 762 545

Tuesday December 11 – Astor Theatre – Perth