Rumour has it that upon enrolment into Australian university, students receive a copy of the Violent Femmes eponymous debut. Ten tracks and 36 minutes long, the album features the universal themes of alienation, isolation, sexual frustration and angst - perfect early adult fodder - via songs such as Gone Daddy Gone, Kiss Off, Add it Up, Please Do Not Go and of course, Blister in the Sun. We don’t know if that rumour is true, of course, but it would go some way in explaining ‘The Femmes’ enduring popularity in our parts.
And so we welcome Violent Femmes to Australian shores for their first national tour since 2017. This time they come with a brand new album - their 10th - Hotel Last Resort that resides among the among the band’s finest work.
"A Violent Femmes album is always a treat; witty, lucid, self-deprecating, beat-up but ever-reliable…” - Classic Rock
"They’re still fun and vital, and they still know how to make an exit.” - Rolling Stone
“There's something rather comforting about finding them wholly unchanged after four decades and nearly 10 million album sales” - Mojo Magazine
For their 2020 Australian tour the Femmes will present the classics from both Hotel Last Resort and the multi-platinum debut, mixed in with even more goodness from 1984’s Hallowed Ground, 1991’s Gold certified Why Do Birds Sing? and loads more.
Please note: this show has been rescheduled to Wed 25 November. All tickets for the previous Forum Melbourne show date of Fri 20 March will remain valid. All ticket holders will receive an email from Ticketmaster in due course containing further information.