Mystery Jets tour, without Teenage Mothers
On the making of Radlands, Blaine Harrison explains: “We’ve always wanted to make a record in America and after touring Serotonin the time felt perfect to go and do it. Our first three albums were entirely conceived and recorded in London so going out to Austin felt like the furthest place from everything we knew. We arrived with a handful of songs, but one in particular felt like it captured the spirit of why we had come there”.
Melbourne’s Teenage Mothers, who were dumped from the M83 tour earlier this year, claim that they have been dumped from the tour before it was announced and have posted an Open Letter on their Facebook page claiming that Chugg is “the meanest promoter in Australia”.
“Last month, we received a Facebook message from Blaine Harrison, the singer from the UK band Mystery Jets. Blaine asked Teenage Mothers to play main support on Mystery Jets’ national tour this September. We thanked Bliane for his invitation. On the 8th of July, Mystery Jets’ booking agent emailed us, indicating that we would indeed do the tour. So we started booking shows around the dates. Last week, the Mystery Jets sent us a note of apology. They informed us that somebody at Chugg Entertainment has effectively kicked us off the entire national tour (before it was even announced). Mystery Jets specifically requested Teenage Mothers as their national support, but your employees bullied them into dropping us.”
“Chuggy, you know it was revenge! Don’t pretend that Chugg Entertainment kicked us off the Mystery Jets tour to ‘save costs’. On the M83 tour, you were paying us peanuts ($250 a gig). We would have willingly lost money doing the national tour with Mystery Jets, because they’re old friends and an excellent band. And don’t plead ignorance. You are ultimately responsible for the actions of your employees. Chuggy, you like telling tales of rock n’ roll excess. But your company repeatedly punishes a young band for the most insignificant ‘crime’ (ie. inhaling a cream bulb onstage).”
The supports on the tour are Voltaire Twins (Perth), Toucan (Sydney), Young Men Dead (Brisbane) and North East Party House (Melbourne).
Mystery Jets tour:
Thursday 20 September – Capitol, Perth,
Saturday 22 September – Fat As Butter Festival, Newcastle
Sun 23 September – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday 25 September – The Hi Fi, Brisbane
Wednesday 26 September – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne