Formed in Perth in 1989, The Blackeyed Susans have built a reputation for their moody romanticism and op-shop stylings. Declared national treasures by Rolling Stone magazine, they have toured the world, played with the likes of Johnny Cash and Leonard Cohen and released numerous albums of occasional beauty, including a retrospective box set entitled ‘Reveal Yourself’ in 2009, charting the band’s illustrious history.
Classic Susans songs such as A Curse On You, Smokin’ Johnny Cash and Blue Skies, Blue Sea established the group as impressionistic storytellers with a bent ear for melody and atmospherics. While line-ups, past and present, read like a who’s who of Australian alternative music, boasting members of The Triffids, Dirty Three, The Drones, Augie March, The Cruel Sea, The Jackson Code, and Hungry Ghosts.
Close Your Eyes and See is The Blackeyed Susans seventh album and their first collection of new material in over a decade. Long, reverby trails of pedal steel, tremolo guitar, violin and keyboards combine to create lush soundscapes for the album’s dreamlike torch songs, bruised ballads and other-worldly rockers. The results are both classic and contemporary.
Don’t miss the chance to catch these living legends live, playing selections from the new album along with the best of the group’s impressive back catalogue.
Doors 8pm | Tickets $30+bf