-By Ben Smith
Put on your (heavy) disco boots, grab your smokes and get ready to party; The Bennies are coming to Perth with a new album to plug. The self-described psychedelic, reggae-ska, doom-metal, punk-rock band from hell are set to embark on a 12-date national tour in support of their impending new album Wisdom Machine, stopping off for two shows in Western Australia along the way. The quartet, who play Perth on April 2nd and Bunbury on the 3rd, have released two songs from their sophomore album: the dancefloor-filler Party Machine and the more restrained Detroit Rock Ciggies, whilst a third track, Legalize (But Don’t Tax), has found its way onto Spotify.
Recorded in their hometown of Melbourne, Wisdom Machine aims to show off a new side to the band, whilst simultaneously keeping with the tried and tested formula of fast and fun rock and roll which doesn’t take itself too seriously. The politically-motivated Corruption and seven-minute epic O’Brother, Where Art Thou? promise to be welcome changes of pace, although the aforementioned singles prove The Bennies haven’t strayed too far from their roots. The band called on some famous friends during the production of the album, most notably Frenzhal Rhomb’s Jay Whalley, who supplied guest vocals on Maybe We Could Get High, while Chris Cowburn from The Smith Street Band worked on the album artwork.
New York rockers Morning Glory’s Ezra Kite also features on Turning Around and there are cameos from fellow Melbournians The Kujo Kings and Beacons on Burn Out City, Heavy Reggae and O’ Brother, Where Art Thou?Their upcoming Australian tour has already seen dates in Sydney and Brisbane sell out, while Perth is selling quickly, as the band continues to build a reputation as an invigorating live band. Tours in America, Japan and China over the last couple of years have raised their profile overseas, while appearances at Soundwave, Falls Festival and Golden Plains solidified their reputation at home.
So get your ticket while you still can, because you won’t want to miss out on a night full of rocking music with one of the country’s biggest party animals!
Photo Credit: The Bennies