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Sunday 3 June
The Cambridge
789 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW
Doors: 8pm

Newtown’s self-proclaimed shittiest band SCABZ are back with new single ‘Starting Line’, an athematic track embedded with their signature propulsive energy and increasingly vulnerable song-writing.

The three-piece punk outfit are a driving force behind Australia’s DIY pub rock scene having shared the stage with The Smith Street Band for their inaugural Pool House Party and recently joining Frenzal Rhomb as their main support in NSW’s dirty and delightful RSLs. When they’re not passionately protesting for their beloved Victoria Bitter Co. to unblock the band’s social media accounts, they’re touring relentlessly, supporting politically empathic and sonically elating acts like The Peep Tempel and The Pretty Littles. Politically charged, grating and funny as ever, SCABZ provide direct and unapologetic protest in the Mike Baird-defying ‘Locked Out’ and cowbell-doused tales of chasing tipsy smooches in ‘Beach Song’.


‘Starting Line’ is a testament to SCABZ technical and expressive growth, and guitarist and vocalist Siobhan Poynton’s increasingly thrilling style of guitar playing; SCABZ are closing in on a full, reckless and energetic sound that no other act in Australia can match. ‘Starting Line’ was recorded and mixed by Daniel Antix at Def Wolf Studios in Alexandria, who has worked with artists such as Gay Paris, Modern Baseball, Hinds and Rick Dangerous and the Silkie Bantams to name a few. His work has hit almost every radio station in the country. In the process of recording, Antix gave space for the three endearing mates to just be themselves. It was then handed into the ever-capable hands of Colby McQueen for mastering, who has worked with Mac The Knife, Polish Club and Hunch. These VB-loving goofs will release an EP late this year and head out on an extensive east coast tour presented by Young Henrys in May/June.

“We are so stoked to be going on a proper big boy tour. I'm especially pumped for Toowomba and Ballarat – regional towns go hard and have excellent pubs. Our fave band from Melbourne, Body Parts, are playing a few shows with us on the run so it's going to be a very wholesome and also ridiculous time.” – Siobhan Poynton of SCABZ. 

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