July 18, 2013 – The Cosmic Psychos will return to the U.S. for the legendary Australian punk band’s first North American tour dates in 18 years, kicking off a major market trek on Sept. 11 in Seattle at Barboza.
The band will perform in tandem with a screening of the documentary Blokes You Can Trust. The film chronicles Australia’s most unlikely rock and roll heroes, tracking the Cosmic Psychos’ adventures from Ross Knight’s day job driving a bulldozer on his family farm in rural Australia into some of New York’s finest S&M parlors and dives in to the Seattle grunge scene that welcomed the trio of misfits into their community. Over the past 30 years the irreverent band, well known for their on-stage antics and ability to drink a bar dry, have been cited by a number of U.S. musicians with Eddie Vedder, Mark Arm, Buzz Osborne and Butch Vig all discussing the band and their impact over the course of the 90-minute film.
Formed in 1982, the Cosmic Psychos have released eight full-length albums on a variety of labels including Sub Pop, Amphetamine Reptile and Man’s Ruin Records.
Blokes You Can Trust trailer, click image to view:
Upcoming tour dates (Blokes You Can Trust will screen prior to the band’s performance):
September 11 Seattle, WA Barboza (band only, film screens at Harvard Exit Cinema at 6 pm)
September 12 Portland, OR Dante’s
September 13 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
September 14 San Francisco, CA Brick and Mortar
September 16 Minneapolis, MN Grumpy’s
September 18 Austin, TX Beerland
September 20 New York, NY Cake Shop (band only)
September 21 New York, NY Cake Shop (band only)
September 24 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
September 26 Atlanta, GA The Earl
September 28 Memphis, TN Goner Fest (band only)
Screenings in New York and Memphis to be announced shortly. Tickets are available at www.cosmicpsychos.com.au, venue box offices and traditional ticketing outlets.
“I think the Cosmic Psychos were a band that was highly influential on the Seattle so called grunge scene. I know that Kurt and Nirvana were fans, they played shows with Pearl Jam. Even thou the Cosmic Psychos never had the commercial impact or success that those bands had, they were still a major influence on them, and I think a lot of it had to do with the spirit and the sound of their music.” – Butch Vig
“Once I found Cosmic Psychos, it was like these guys are what I’ve been looking for for a while.” – Matt Lukin
“Live it was always so huge and powerful.” – Eddie Vedder
“They remind me more of late ‘70s punk rock, played through a stereo, inside a muffler of a car dragging down the freeway.” – Buzz Osborne