SUMMER AUSTRALIAN TOUR
w/ THE MONTREALS
“They’re a band with an idea about the nitty gritty in the world and a necessary appreciation for brit pop and beyond.”
“This tune will definitely get you in a dancing mood with its toe-tapping drumming and addictive guitar riffs and leave you feeling ready for a hella good night.” – AAA Backstage on single ‘She Moves’
Hailing from the great South Australian state that brought you two giant balls, Farmer’s Union iced coffee and Cooper’s Pale Ale come brit pop band THE BYZANTINES.
The boys are excited to announce their new EP, set to release via Marshmallow Pavement Records on February 17th, 2017. The band are also announcing an east coast Australian tour during February and March in support of the new EP. The tour kicks off at The Karova Club in Ballarat on Friday Feb 24 with label-mates The Montreals, and Melbourne Garage-Rock darlings BATZ. They’ll make their way up the coast on a 9-date tour, hitting Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and other cities along the way.
There’s nothing pale about these Adelaide lads and best mates; vocalist Michael Pietrafesa, guitarist David Zammit, Jose Moucho on bass and Johnny Zervas on drums. Considered ‘Australia’s answer to Kasabian’ (www.podbean.com), THE BYZANTINES have incorporated a varied mesh of sounds and layers, all the while feeling organic and staying true to the British sound that bands like The Stone Roses and Primal Scream made famous.
Using the opportunity to promote their debut EP and supported by the Brit music icons such as Fred Perry Subculture and Liam Gallagher’s clothing label Pretty Green, THE BYZANTINES embarked on a European/ UK trip in 2014. Coming off the success of that international tour, the guys were invited by Rolling Stone Magazine to play a sold out Workers Club show in Melbourne for their Live Lodge event supporting The Delta Riggs.
After copping some abuse from their tour manager for drinking The Delta Riggs rider, The Delta Riggs guitarist and talented engineer and producer Alex Markwell was laughing his head off and a friendship was born. Markwell offered to help produce and engineer the EP so in 2015 the boys decided to hit the recording studio.
Recorded between competing national tours and other commitments, the boys also enlisted the help of friends Dan Crannitch (Love and Other Crimes) to assist with pre-production and Luke Godson (Luke Million/The Swiss) to help capture the more electronic aspects of the band’s sound.
The initial session birthed ‘Jamaica’, ‘a swaggering hot mess’ (Rolling Stone Magazine), which set the benchmark for the rest of the EP. The first listens from the new recordings are ‘Jamaica’ and ‘She Moves’, available on triple j unearthed, both singles lauded from critics and fans alike.
MARSHMALLOW PAVEMENT RECORDS PRESENTS:
The Byzantines Summer Tour
w/ The Montreals + Special Guests
Fri. 24/02 – Ballarat, VIC @ The Karova Lounge
w/ The Montreals, BATZ
Sat. 25/02 – Geelong, VIC @ The Workers Club
w/ The Montreals, BATZ
Sun. 26/02 – Melbourne, VIC @ The Workers Club
w/ The Montreals, BATZ, Animus
Wed. 01/03 – Wollongong, NSW @ Rad Bar
w/ The Montreals
Thur. 02/03 – Canberra, ACT @ Transit Bar
w/ The Montreals, Pat McKinney, Duck Duck Ghost
Fri. 03/03 – Sydney, NSW @ The Brighton Up Bar
w/ The Montreals, Hellos Bones, Pirra
Sat. 04/03 – Newcastle, NSW @ The Lass
w/ The Montreals, Suburban Haze, D’yer Mak’er
Fri. 10/03 – Gold Coast, QLD @ The Currumbin Creek Tavern
w/ Mary Handsome, Atticus Chimps, The Goldhearts
Sat. 11/03 – Brisbane, QLD @ The Milk Factory
w/ Mary Handsome, Youngsmith