Underground Lovers turn 25

In a recent interview we did with Sydney psych band Cull, we came to the conclusion that everyone thinks it’s 1991 again, the era of noisy, hazy guitar music coming full circle about 20 – 25 years later and making a full-on comeback. In case we needed any more proof, this weekend marks the 25th anniversary of seminal alternative Melbournites Underground Lovers, who will be celebrating at the Toff In Town over Saturday and Sunday (March 22 – 23) with a full catalogue retrospective.

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Cited as Australia’s answer to the post-post-punk movement in the UK and Pacific Northwest, the band quickly rose to fame in 1992 with an ARIA, enormous Triple J support, the release of their second LP Leaves Me Blind as well as supporting international heavyweights My Bloody Valentine and The Cure on their Australian tours. There’s an extensive history on their Wikipedia page that everyone who owns a Joy Division t-shirt should read up on, because (pro-tip) there is nothing more attractive/impressive than someone who is wearing an Unknown Pleasures shirt and knows more about post-punk than you do.

Saturday will see the band perform a show called ‘Everybody’s Favourite’, a collection of their works from 1989 – 1993, while Sunday will showcase ‘Wonderful Things’ – everything from 1994 onwards. In support is an acoustic set from Penny Hewson of Sea Stories fame on both nights. Tix are $20 + BF from the link below or $25 on the door.