In their short three-year existence, Melbourne band The Bennies have performed over 300 shows. Their expeditions to Asia- Japan, Singapore and Malaysia, together with a recent sold out national tour with friends The Smith Street Band, has seen their relentless touring schedule rewarded, carving a reputation as one of the most exciting local live acts. The band now announce a headline tour of their own in support of their new release ‘Better Off Dread‘, a 4 track 7″ inch through Jackknife Records that captures their high octane punk-rock rapture on wax. It will be available April 20th and comes with a download code that includes access to bonus tracks and a stencil insert for the DIY merch enthusiasts. Order your copy now [Here]. The tour will have the band playing shows in Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Ballarat, Sydney and Wollongong. Expand this post for the details. Press play below to listen to ‘Mushroom Tea‘.

Better Off Dread tour poster

Jackknife Music, Blood, Sweat & Beers and present…

20th – The B.East, Melbourne [18+] “Hazy Blazy 420 Smoke Out Session” Free Entry
27th – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart [18+] “All Tomorrow’s Shoeys
3rd – Enigma Bar, Adelaide [18+]
4th – Karova Lounge, Ballarat [18+]
10th – Venue TBA, Newcastle
11th – The Roxbury, Sydney [18+]
12th – Yours & Owls, Wollongong [18+]
—> Tickets available at the door for all shows except Hobart, which is on sale now [Here].
—> For more information, visit [Here].

Better Off Dread cover

Mushroom Tea
On the release of their Party Party Party debut in 2011, Veri.Live Magazine wrote, “The Bennies are masters. Their thrash-disco sound creates a party around itself.” Following suite webzine Chucking A Mosh contributed, “The Bennies may have written the soundtrack to the best party you’ve ever been to!” Fast-forward two years and The Bennies have outdone themselves with Mushroom Tea. Yet another dance floor anthem, the song seamlessly jaunts from the saxophone wail of third wave ska to a paranoid, closing Black Sabbath guitar riff. “This song is written about a pretty intense night we all shared. Once a year we cruise off to the east coast of Victoria to hang out at a lake and go fishing. In reality no one does any fishing and everyone just gets loose.” says frontman Anty Horgan. “We wanted to write a song that embodied this vibe,” and that they’ve done.

My Bike:
Borrowing the anti-authoritarian tone of Leftover Crack and Dennis Lyxzen’s post-Refused band AC4, for whom they’ve recently played support, My Bike is The Bennies at their unencumbered best. Recalling Horgan’s inauspicious encounter with his neighbourhood constabulary, the song’s frantic pop-punk style and repetitious chorus has made the song an instant live hit and a fan-favourite drinking game.

Better Off Dread:
Beginning with a sly reference to The Specials Man at C&A, ‘Better Off Dread,’ is a 2:50 slice of ska advocacy. Name checking The Wailers, Sublime and Operation Ivy, Horgan says the motivation for the song was driven by the genres lack of local representation. “There is pretty much nowhere in Melbourne where you can go out and the DJ or the venue will be playing ska music. This song is about the idea that if you want to listen to ska, it needs to be in your head.”

Return To 9-5
Return To 9 – 5 is a hip-hop homage to Return Of Django, the title track to The Upsetters 1969 Trojan Records LP. Borrowing Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s scattered approach, together with Horgan and Selak’s lyrical tirade, the track features a guest rap verse courtesy of Ethan Del Carmen from Tasmanian band Phat Meegz and is remixed by Melbourne DJ, Marto.

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