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The Chills and The Bats - Scatterbrain Album Release Tour


Fri 14 May 2021, 8:00pm

Where: Powerstation, 33-35 Mt Eden Rd, Eden Terrace, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

Listed by: Banished Music

The Sound, Under The Radar and Banished Music presents

The Chills - Scatterbrain Album Release Tour

The Chills have announced a blistering array of supports joining them for their nationwide Scatterbrain tour for April / May 2021 including the likes of Purple Pilgrims, Luke Buda, Mousey, Asta Rangu, Bitter Defeat and Devil's Elbow.

In a glorious twist of fate, they have also roped in their old friends THE BATS as very special guests for their Auckland Powerstation show on May 14th.
With Purple Pilgrims in support, it will make for a night of pure and joyous celebration of Flying Nun alumni, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the iconic indie label which opened its doors in 1981.

The Chills and The Bats have only performed together once before, at the Dunedin Town Hall on the 8th of July 1990 on the Submarine Bells tour, alongside The 3Ds.

'The Chills are feeling honoured to be performing alongside The Bats for only the second time in our careers' - Martin Phillipps, The Chills

'1990?! About bloody time we celebrated with our seniors (the 40-year-old Chills) and share the stage with them again! (We're only 38!) - Paul Kean, The Bats

Final release of Auckland tickets are on sale at
All other tour tickets on sale and selling fast at:

All tickets on sale from Banished Music except:
Tickets on sale from Totara Street.
Tickets on sale from The Powerstation.

“An architect of New Zealand’s fabled Dunedin sound.” - Pitchfork
“Just glorious.” - The Guardian
“The Chills have never sounded better.” - Record Collector

Dunedin’s finest, The Chills release their seventh studio album ‘Scatterbrain’, a glorious self-examination of Martin Phillipps’ songwriting hot (ish) on the heels of the hugely successful ‘Snow Bound’ (2018) and the critically-acclaimed movie ‘The Chills: The Triumph And Tragedy Of Martin Phillipps’ a year later. As the rave-reviewed movie premiered at the SXSW film festival, The Chills headed out on their first US tour since ’96 to further accolades whilst revisiting those esoteric extremes so wonderfully collected in the film which then simultaneously premiered around the world.
“It’s about artistic integrity, self-realisation, self-acceptance and a reflection on mortality.” The Guardian

Now in 2021, Phillipps is taking stock of things – everything. Yes, everything. The result is this triumphant new Chills’ album ‘Scatterbrain’, a thought-provoking and evocative stock take from a man who has lived through good times and bad. But now, the world is a different place and optimism is in short supply. Viewed from the perspective of a man understanding his age and indeed his own mortality, ‘Scatterbrain’ is underpinned, as ever, with catchy melodies and an incisive turn of phrase; it takes a mature look at matters arising with a side order of perspective as opening cut ‘Monolith’ displays.

‘Scatterbrain’ is a life passing before your ears as uncertainty increases and fake news rumbles on; during which aliens invade, Phillipps scales the walls beyond abandon as he probes the minutiae of worlds within worlds and the hourglass fills. A landmark album from one of the great modern songwriters, it’s pure pop music for the new normal and we can’t wait to see how it ends.

Pre-Order the album on Fire-Records.

Tickets on sale 9 am, Monday, February 22nd.

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