A Mark Gardener Australian tour 2012 has been announced that will see the frontman of showgaze masters Ride tour Australia to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Ride’s seminal album Going Blank Again.
Mark Gardener will be travelling down under with his full band performing classic Ride hits – including tracks from that most incendiary of 90s guitar albums – alongside instrumentals he composed and performed for the 2011 MOJO and NME award winning ‘Upside Down’ documentary, plus recent solo and collaboration work and new material to be released later in the year.
Joining Gardener on this very special tour will be much loved Melbourne alternative favourites, Underground Lovers. During the 90’s the ARIA winning Underground Lovers were a driving force on the Australian music scene, they fast became favorites of fans who wanted music that transported them to places beyond the confines of their own souls.
Recently reforming after an almost decade long hiatus Underground Lovers are back and will bring an even bigger sense of celebration to these unique shows.
Gardener and his band will re-engage and re-ignite the songs that made Ride such a potent musical force during the 1990s. As a special treat for Australian fans Gardener will be bringing along as special guests, and as his backing band, US psych rockers Sky Parade featuring ex Brian Jonestown Massacre alumni Tommy Dietrick.
Since parting ways with Ride, Gardener has released material as a collaborator in a project called The Animal House, which featured ex Ride band mate Loz Colbert, before exploring the acoustic side of his song writing as a live solo artist and then finally releasing his debut solo album These Beautiful Ghosts in 2005.
Along with his various EPs and solo albums since, Gardener has worked as an in demand producer, mixer, film soundtrack artist and collaborator with the likes of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins), Dive Index and ex Melbourne psych rockers The Morning After Girls.
MARK GARDENER (Ride) & Friends (UK)
Plus special Guests
UNDERGROUND LOVERS (AUS), and SKY PARADE (USA)
Tix on sale Wednesday 9th May 9am
Friday 3rd August
The Hifi, Brisbane
Saturday 4th August
Metro Theatre, Sydney
Sunday 5th August
Corner Hotel, Melbourne