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The Stems go gold

20 years after its release, At First Sight, Violets Are Blue, the debut album from Perth garage rock gurus The Stems, has finally gone gold.

Dom Mariani, Richard Lane, Dave Shaw and Julian Matthews parted ways at the peak of their popularity in 1987. Despite At First Sight, Violets Are Blue receiving sparse FM coverage, it was one of the top selling Australian albums of its year and was later names by Rolling Stone in the top 100 Australian albums of all time.

The band’s long-awaited return to the live scene (touring the East Coast with Hoodoo Gurus and Radio Birdman) and the release of new LP Heads Up are undoubtedly responsible for the band’s recent surge in popularity and they’re sure to continue that trend as they set off on another tour in November.

The Stems Heads Up tour:

Friday November 2: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River
With The Floors
Tickets through Heatseeker

Saturday November 3: Fly by Night, Fremantle (18+, late show)
With The Volcanics, Day of the Dead, The Floors, the Preytells, The
Impailers, The Long Strides plus DJ Fango, The Gruesome Twosome
Tickets through Heatseeker

Saturday November 3: Fly by Night, Fremantle (all ages, 3-6pm)
With The Flairz, The Watts
Tickets through Heatseeker

Presented by Drum Media
Thursday November 8: Hopetoun Hotel, Sydney
With The Unheard, The Booby Traps
Tickets through Moshtix

Friday November 9: Hopetoun Hotel, Sydney
With The Mess Maker, The Alohas
Tickets through Moshtix

Saturday November 10: East Brunswick Club, Melbourne
With The Vandas, Lazybirds
Tickets from the venue

Sunday November 11: East Brunswick Club, Melbourne
With Even, Fearless Vampire
Tickets from the venue

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Demosthenes

Demosthenes said on the 23rd Oct, 2007

The new album is fucking superb. Nevermind that they first came to prominence in the 80s, it's like they dropped straight out of the 60s with a bunch of fuzzy pop gems in their hot little hands. Highly recommended, and they ain't half bad live either. It's just disappointing that they're not coming back to Brisbane.

rooney

rooney said on the 28th Oct, 2007

I do beleive that they will be back later but are only doing down south this time.

Demosthenes

Demosthenes said on the 29th Oct, 2007

Yeah, I heard February or something? I didn't know you were still floating round here, Roons.

rooney

rooney said on the 3rd Nov, 2007

yep, feb.

the FL 'system' doesn't like me...

it allows me random access, hence my random floating...