Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket to our NGV show this Friday 23rd June, it looks like we've sold every last one! No walk-ups either we are told. If you missed out we'll be playing in Melbourne again at the Flying Saucer Club, Saturday August 19.
We bring news of a brief liaison with a Bearded Lady plus a vinyl launch and a date with Vincent Van Gogh.
BRISBANE, JUNE 9 & 10
This weekend we travel to BRISBANE for two shows at THE BEARDED LADY on FRIDAY JUNE 9 and SAT JUNE 10. We’’ll be playing songs from our new album, CLOSE YOUR EYES AND SEE, plus the best of our back catalogue. Special guests on the Friday are THE STRESS OF LEISURE, self described 'Sub-Tropical Post Punk Pop crossed with Art School Brisbane Indie.' Whilst on Saturday night we’re pleased to be joined by the atmospheric improvisations of JIVE CANYON.
Either way, come help us launch the album. It’s been getting embarrassingly good reviews from critics and fans alike and the live shows have been just as warmly received, with SELL-OUT SHOWS around the country. We’ll have VINYL, CDs, BOOKS and more available from the souvenir stand too.
Hope to see you there.
"A strong and eclectic batch of atmospheric noir." **** 4 stars
Steve Bell - The Music
“Late night music for lovers”
Jeff Jenkins - Stack Magazine
“Close Your Eyes and See is the assured work of a confident and inspired band still at the top of their game” 8/10
Graham Blackley - Beat Magazine
"A masterful comeback...these songs slow the pulse and nourish the soul" **** 4 stars
Doug Wallen - Rolling Stone Australia
"This slow burner of glorious post-punk pop earns the love over time" **** 4 1/2 stars
Chris Lambie - The Age
VINYL LAUNCH, MELBOURNE, JUNE 18
We'll be launching the vinyl edition of our new album with an acoustic in-store performance at Greville Records, Melbourne on Sunday, June 18 at 4pm. Signed limited edition hand-numbererd vinyl available on the day or (signed on request) from our online shop.
NGV FRIDAY NIGHTS, MELBOURNE, JUNE 23
Join us at the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces, Van Gogh and the Seasons, for a special after-hours performance at NGV Friday Nights, Melbourne on June 23rd.
Doors open 6pm. Susans from 8.30pm in the Great Hall. (NGV Friday Nights tickets include entry to the Van Gogh and the Seasons exhibition.)
Fri 23 June - NGV Friday Nights, Melbourne TICKETS
We’re heading to WA and QLD soon to launch the new album….plus the vinyl is finally ready and it looks amazing!
Tickets are selling fast for our Mojo’s show in Fremantle this Friday May 26, so you may wanna get your skates on soon if you’re intending to join us - or maybe you’re thinking of getting along to Badlands Bar in Northbridge this Saturday May 27 instead. Either way, come help us launch our new album – it’s been getting embarrassingly good reviews from critics and fans alike and the live shows have been just as warmly received. Special guests for both nights are Perth indie legends, The Holy Rollers, reformed just for this occasion. We’ll have vinyl, CDs, books and more available from the merch desk too.
Not long now until we’re back in Brisbane to play two shows at The Bearded Lady on Friday June 9 and Sat June 10. Special guests on the Friday are The Stress of Leisure, self described 'Sub-Tropical Post Punk Pop crossed with Art School Brisbane Indie.’ Whilst on Saturday night we’re pleased to be joined by the free jazzy excursions of Jive Canyon.
The vinyl has arrived and it’s beautiful. We’ll be sending out the preorders over the next week, so keep an eye on that letterbox of yours. Or if you’d like to take the plunge, order now from our online shop or grab one at the shows – but seriously, only while very limited stocks last.
Our album tour continues with launches in NSW and WA in May, plus a special after-hours performance at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne in June.
Tickets are selling fast to the Saturday show at Leadbelly, Sydney on the 20th May. Get in quick or you just might miss out. Should that happen, we'd love to see you at the Sunday matinee show.
Supports for both performances are the wonderful Peter Milton Walsh & Amanda Brown (from The Apartments). Looking forward to playing Lizotte’s Newcastle again too on Friday, 19th May. Great room for casting spells – which is exactly what J.P. Shilo will be doing in a special solo set before The Susans take the stage.
We’re going back to where it all began - some 28 years ago!
Great to be playing Perth again in May, especially now The Holy Rollers will be reforming to support us at Mojo's May 26th and Badlands May 27th. Long time fans of Perth music will fondly remember Greg Dear’s indie legends and their song Above The Law, amongst others. Susans’ fans get this exclusive opportunity to see The Rollers in their first performances since they played a few songs at Perth’s SOTA festival in 2014.
NGV FRIDAY NIGHTS Melbourne VIC (June 23)
Join The Blackeyed Susans at the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Van Gogh and the Seasons, for a special after-hours performance at NGV Friday Nights on June 23rd.
See the exhibition, then enjoy a bite to eat in the company of a string quartet, before wrapping up the evening with a live performance by The Blackeyed Susans in the Great Hall.
Doors open 6pm. The Blackeyed Susans from 8:30pm. (NGV Friday Nights tickets include exhibition entry to Van Gogh and the Seasons.)
More info & tix HERE.
VINYL RELEASE AND LAUNCH
We’re on track for a mid-to-late May release of the vinyl edition of Close Your Eyes and See and to celebrate we’ll be launching it with an in-store performance at Greville Records, Prahran Melbourne on Sunday, June 18th at 4pm. Pre-orders for the limited edition, hand numbered vinyl album still available, along with CDs and other curiosities from our online shop.
Hope to see you soon
We're kicking off our national tour this weekend with a show at the Republic Bar, Hobart, Saturday 1st April with special guest, J.P. Shilo, playing a solo set of underwater sounds before us. Then we’ll be back in Melbourne next weekend to play the Corner Hotel before heading off around the country in the weeks and months to come. Hope to see you passing through.
MELBOURNE ALBUM LAUNCH
Saturday April 8, Corner Hotel, Richmond
We’re launching our new album, CLOSE YOUR EYES AND SEE at the Corner Hotel on Saturday 8th April with special guests The Spoils play The Velvet Underground & Nico and Skyscraper Stan and The Commission Flats. Please join us for a night of moody romance and dreamy soundscapes as we play selections from the new record as well as the best of our back catalogue. Get there early to secure a table and enjoy the show cabaret-style. There’s good food and beverages available at The Corner’s rooftop bar beforehand or take your pick of Swan Street’s many culinary temptations. Call the sitter, book an uber and make, what promises to be, a great night of it.
WELCOME BACK, 'EVIL'
Rob Snarski and 'Evil' Graham Lee back in the days of The Bottomless Schooners of Old circa '88-89. Now some decades later Graham rejoins The Blackeyed Susans for our new album CLOSE YOUR EYES AND SEE - and he’s one of the reasons it sounds so good. Welcome back, ‘Evil’.
CLOSE YOUR EYES AND SEE
New album available now in digital download, digipack CD and vinyl pre-order:
It’s been a busy time in the land of Susan: First a new single, then a new album and now our first national tour since 2009 is about to get underway! We have much news to share with you…
Close Your Eyes and See
The new album has been receiving glowing reviews around the country. 4**** and counting ... sonically, it’s the most beautiful work we've produced yet with sweeping pedal steel and seductive rhythms combining with our honey-voiced singer and song-writing smarts ... bruised optimism, splinters of resignation ... the world is far too beautiful, far too cruel to make sense of, we do our best to float through it, relatively unscathed. This is one for the dreamers and the lovers.
CDs, digital downloads and pre-orders for vinyl available now:
We’re touring the country over the next few months to launch the new album, playing selections from the new record as well as the best of our back catalogue. To get ready well, naturally, we’ve been rehearsing and the new songs are sounding grand. Check out this video of us playing Not Quite The Same at Bakehouse Studios recently.
Saturday 8th April – Corner Hotel Richmond, Melbourne
With special guests The Spoils play The Velvet Underground & Nico and Skyscraper Stan and The Commission Flats.
What a golden bill we have for you - majestic in fact.
Everyone's favourite album of all time - The Velvet Underground & Nico - re-interpreted in full by The Spoils, plus the tallest man on the planet to ever swing a guitar - Skyscraper Stan, and his his band The Commission Flats. Both join us for a luscious night of song. You gotta come along, there's no excuses. We've even made it more comfortable for y'all with tables and chairs in a cabaret style for those with weary limbs. First in best dressed, grab a table, pour a drink and leave the rest to us.
But before that…
Saturday 1st April – Republic Bar, Hobart
We’re starting our tour in Hobart! It’s been too long since we played in Taz – scene of the infamous hire car incident many years ago. We’d love to see you at the Republic Bar on Saturday 1st April. Get there early as J.P. Shilo will be opening the evening with a special solo set of underwater sounds and songs.
Plus lots more dates to come here.
Love Susie X
The Spoils play The Velvet Underground & Nico added to the bill for our Corner Hotel launch on April 8th!
50 years since its release, The Velvet Underground's debut album remains one of the greatest, and most influential, of all time. Truth be known, we Susans have spent a fair bit of time with the album ourselves (though somewhat controversially The Velvet's third is probably our favourite).
The Spoils celebrated tribute to the album sold out last time it was staged in Melbourne, with the many subsequent rave reviews adding salt to the wounds of those who missed out. We're chuffed this exclusive support slot will give Susans' fans a chance to see the show.
The Spoils play The Velvet Underground & Nico join Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats to complete a killer line-up for our Corner Hotel show.
We’re very happy to announce the first of our special guests for the forthcoming album launch shows:
Republic Bar, Hobart Tasmania Sat April 1st
J.P. Shilo plays a special solo set as support to our Tassie album launch at the Republic bar on April Fool's Day.
Here's a little taste of what you can expect:
Corner Hotel, Melbourne Victoria Sat April 8th
Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats join us at our Corner Hotel album launch show in Melbourne on April 8th. If you're not familiar with Stan and his marvelous band check out this very charming song and video. More special guests announced soon.