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Sunday, March 16 • 1:00am - 1:30am
The Stems

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For Immediate Release THE STEMS Announce US, Europe and Japan Tour Dates Fresh from blitzing audiences in their homeland and Japan, Australian garage power pop legends THE STEMS announce their US, European and Japanese Tour dates for 2008. Tour Dates March 13-15 SXSW - Austin, Texas US Mon March 17 Maxwell's - Hoboken, New Jersey NY Thurs March 20 Dirty Water Club - London, UK Fri March 21 Freakland Festival Ponfereda, Spain Sat March 22 Milan venue tbc Sun March 23 Vidia Club - Cesena, Italy Wed Tues March 25 Oslo, Norway Fri 28 March UFO CLUB - Koenji, Tokyo Japan Sat 29 March Keoji High - Tokyo Japan “Their chiming indie-garage sound is timeless... - Think Hoodoo Gurus, then multiply it by a thousand!” Time Off - Brisbane Two decades after disbanding while riding high on the success of their one and only classic LP, 1987’s “At First Sight- Violets are Blue”, Australian garage rock legends THE STEMS release their highly anticipated second album “HEADS UP”. “A cracking collection” Rolling Stone. **** “Pure, fresh and potent” Patrick Emery, Beat Magazine- Album of the Week. “…jaw droppingly perfect” Faster Louder Containing 10 new, spankin’ original garage rock gems, ‘Heads Up’ was recorded in Perth Western Australia in the earlier part of 2007 at the analogue and vintage recording compound KingDom Studios and later mixed at Ultrasuede in Cincinnati by producer John Curley (White Stripes, Afghan Wigs, Greenhornes, & Ronnie Spector). “Not only does he have a unique ability to make his guitar sound as dirty as an eastern European waterway, nut Mariani’s sense of pop is so good it should be bottled and shown to aspiring musicians the land over”. Patrick Emery, I94bar.com. “Heads Up represents a fantasic return to the scene” Steve Bell – Time Off **** In March 2003 THE STEMS reunited for a national tour which would see an amazing comeback to local and international music scene. After the re-release of their classic “At First sight Violets are Blue” originally released in 1987 and the release of the “Mushroom Soup Anthology” and “Terminal Cool” retrospective in the US in 2006, THE STEMS found themselves playing to packed houses across the country, touring Europe and playing the prestigious “Little Stevens Underground Garage Festival” in New York. “Even on tour with the Hoodoo Gurus and Radio Birdman, The Stems proved to be the real heavyweight, throwing plenty of knock-out punches” Rob Lyon, Rip It Up Magazine. In recent shows playing alongside the Hoodoo Gurus and Radio Birdman, plus their own sold out national album release tour, The Stems have made it clear that are back and as explosive as ever. Contact: www.thestems.com.au www.myspace.com/thestemsau email dm@dommariani.com +61 8 93352789 +61410684334 The STEMS - A Brief History : Formed in1983 by Dom Mariani and Richard Lane who were serious students of cool underground 60’s garage punk, R&B and pop music. As they evolved they also embraced an updated power pop sound. But foremost it was their ability to craft memorable songs and electric live shows that made them stand out from the rest. In Perth, as the main focal point of the original band scene, THE STEMS made venues such as The Wizbah, The Old Melbourne, and The Shenton Park their own in a town and at a time otherwise dominated by cover bands. In mid ’85 a 6 month sojourn to Sydney to meet up with their new label Citadel and promote their first single MAKE YOU MINE/ SHE’S A MONSTER was perfectly timed with the Sydney inner city scene rediscovering 60’s music and fashion. The group met with an enthusiastic response which culminated in a full house at the legendary Trade Union Club for their final show. During this period they recorded the classic TEARS ME IN TWO single and the LOVE WILL GROW ep both produced by ROB YOUNGER of the legendary RADIO BIRDMAN. THE STEMS completed several national tours and were perhaps one of the first bands to gain national success while remaining in Perth, and despite never having toured internationally they are held in high esteem in Europe, Japan and the US amongst fans of classic 60’s punk and garage inspired rock ‘n’ roll. THE STEMS released a total of 5 singles, 1 ep and 1 full length album, and set an impressive record with each release reaching No 1 on the Australian alternative charts. It was their debut album though, and their first for the White label AT FIRST SIGHT VIOLETS ARE BLUE released in 1987 that received national and international critical acclaim and would be one of the best selling Australian albums of that year despite the lack of commercial airplay in the corporate FM dominated 80’s. The album continues to sell well to this day and was named in the top 100 Australian albums of all time by Rolling Stone magazine while the title track is recognized Australian pop classic. Unfortunately their commercial success was short lived when at the height of their powers and on the eve of a 6 week European tour they mysteriously disbanded later that same year citing managerial and irreconcilable differences. THE STEMS epitomised 80’s indie rock, giving it a wider currency. They are one of only a handful of Australian bands that cracked the mainstream charts with an indie approach in the late 80’s and influencing a host of new aussie bands to follow with their brand of garage rock and roll. Main singer songwriter Dom Mariani would eventually go on to achieve greater international recognition and become a lynchpin of the international power pop scene with his bands DM3 and the Someloves.
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Sunday March 16, 2008 1:00am - 1:30am
Soho Lounge 217 E 6th St

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