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The Brunettes

Upcoming Tour Dates

May 2 2008 8:00P Slippery People @Pustervik Goteburg

May 3 2008 8:00P POP REVO Festival Aarhus

May 4 2008 8:00P Studio 672 Cologne

May 6 2008 8:00P Whelans Dublin

May 7 2008 8:00P Cyprus Ave Cork

May 8 2008 8:00P Dolans Warehouse Limerick

May 10 2008 11:00P Yo Yo @ Piper Club Hull

May 11 2008 8:00P Water Rats London, London and South East

May 12 2008 8:00P Doornroosje (supporting Broken Social Scene) Nijmegen

May 13 2008 8:00P Melkweg (supporting Broken Social Scene) Amsterdam

May 14 2008 8:00P Elysee Montmarte (supporting Broken Social Scene) Paris

May 15 2008 8:00P Den Atelier (supporting Broken Social Scene) Luxembourg

May 17 2008 8:00P PLAY Festival Hasselt

May 19 2008 8:00P L’escalier Liege

May 21 2008 8:00P Leadmill (supporting Broken Social Scene) Sheffield

May 22 2008 8:00P Academy (supporting Broken Social Scene) Oxford

May 23 2008 8:00P Shepards Bush Empire (supporting Broken Social Scene) London

May 25 2008 8:00P Crystal Ballroom (supporting Beirut) Portland, Oregon

May 27 2008 8:00P Grand Ballroom (supporting Beirut) San Francisco, California

May 28 2008 8:00P Grand Ballroom (supporting Beirut) San Francisco, California

May 30 2008 8:00P Wiltern (supporting Beirut) Los Angeles, California

Biography of The Brunettes

New Zealand has always boasted a per capita rock band ingenuity few countries can rival. Instead of the usual departure points—Beatles, Stones, Beach Boys—paragons of the NZ scene lifted off from the next generation. The Velvets, Modern Lovers and Television inspired these musicians, all living together in one small corner of the world, who, over the past thirty years, have gone on to create some of the greatest music to be heard. Enter: The Brunettes.

The Brunettes are a revelation simply by doing everything right. A sincere love of rock’s history of emotional directness tremors through every measure, and their male-female vocals, chugging guitars, playful keyboards, and glorious harmonies manage to combine numerous elements into simple, straightforward, actual songs. The charismatic fun of a tune pulls you in, while below the bubbly surface sits the song’s innovations. Or rather, the cosmetics may grab you straight off, but the depth of structure reveals itself more with every listen.

Having met when both their respective bands played together, Jonathan Bree and Heather Mansfield joined up—for a short time romantically. It was kismet, and they set about playing out and making records. Their first show outside of their country, a trip to London in support of 2004’s Mars Loves Venus, saw them opening for The Postal Service, and caught the attention of Sub Pop poobah, Jonathan Poneman. The Shins signed on as fans, and both bands toured together in New Zealand and the United States.

What did everyone see that won them over? With a shifting roster of touring musicians, The Brunettes’ performances are nothing short of creative explosions. Instead of emulating the studio versions, the band tackles the songs anew, adding instruments, with band members feverishly dropping one to pick up another to play. What they do live is all intuitive, as Bree says, “We do what we can to work with the songs—play more upbeat stuff and avoid the sequencers