Tours in Brief: High on Fire, Lagwagon, Swellers, Touche Amore, Between The Buried And Me

If you can’t afford Soundwave or it just feels too far away don’t worry there are plenty of punk, hardcore and metal bands from the States heading our way very soon including a pair of acts who were out here last year for the Soundwave Counter-Revolution shows – Swellers and Make Do And Mend.

“Underground thrash-sludge messiahs” High on Fire return to tour their new album De Vermis Mysteriis in September. When we last saw them, for Soundwave 2011, FL’s reviewer reported that “With the perpetually shirtless Matt Pike firing off scattered guitar solos and barking out bad-ass tales of warriors and mythology, it’s an hour of power from the fellow California locals. Driven along by the tribal war drumming of Des Kensel and Jeff Matz’ dirty and extremely vital bass work, the three-piece push out a racket of biblical proportions.”

High on Fire tour:

Friday 28 September – Gershwin Room, Melbourne

Saturday 29 September – Manning Bar, Sydney

Sunday 30 September – The Zoo, Brisbane

Tickets on sale Friday 24 August

The first band ever signed to Fat Wreck Chords, Lagwagon, were pioneers in creating the now-famous ‘Fat Wreck sound’ with their speedy drums, guitar virtuosity and undeniable melodies. They’ve influenced hundreds of thousands of kids, been around the world more times than Ferdinand Magellan and twisted and redefined themselves over the course of a career that spans almost twenty-five years.

Despite not releasing an album since 2005’s Resolve the band has a back catalogue of 141 songs and will be heading back to Australia for another tour in November with support from The Smith Street Band.

Lagwagon, The Smith Street Band tour:

Wednesday 28th November – HiFi, Brisbane

Thursday 29th November – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast

Friday 30th November – Cambridge Newcastle

Saturday 1st December – Manning Bar, Sydney

Sunday 2nd December – Unibar, Wollongong

Wednesday 5th December – Prince of Wales, Bunbury

Thursday 6th December – Rosemount, Perth

Friday 7th December – Fowlers Live, Adelaide

Saturday 8th December – The Bended Elbow, Geelong

Sunday 9th December – Corner, Melbourne

Tickets on sale Friday 24th August

Following their visit for the Soundwave Counter-Revolution last year, Michigan punks The Swellers return to Australia in October on the back of the release of a new EP to celebrate their 10th year.

Over the last decade the band has toured with the likes of Less Than Jake, Set Your Goals, Four Year Strong and A Wilhelm Scream and for their Australian tour they’ll be joined by Sydney hardcore act Endless Heights.

The Swellers, Endless Heights tour:

Friday 12 October – Fowlers Live, Adelaide

Saturday 13 October – Bang, Melbourne

Sunday 14 October – Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully

Tuesday 16 October – The Basement, Canberra

Wednesday 17 October – The Patch, Wollongong

Thursday 18 October – Hot Damn, Sydney

Friday 19 October – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle

Saturday 20 October – Thriller, Brisbane

Sunday 21 October – Elements Collective, Brisbane

Tickets on sale Thursday 23rd August

Thought-provoking, passionate hardcore/punk crew Touche Amore bring their balance of rage and melody from Los Angeles back to Australia later this year. They’ll be bringing fellow Yanks Make Do And Mend on the tour to open the shows with their own brand of post-hardcore emotion.

Touche Amore, Make Do And Mend tour:

Wednesday 31 October – The Zoo, Brisbane

Thursday 1 November – Sun Distortion Studios, Brisbane

Friday 2 November -Annandale Hotel, Sydney

Saturday 3 November – Annandale Hotel, Sydney

Sunday 4 November – Tuggeranong Youth Centre, Canberra

Wednesday 7 November – YMCA HQ, Perth

Thursday 8 November – Amplifier, Perth

Friday 9 November – Reverence Hotel, Melbourne

Saturday 10 November – Phoenix Youth Centre, Melbourne

Sunday 11 November – Enigma, Adelaide

Tickets on sale Friday 17 August

Between The Buried And Me are currently on tour in the States on the Summer Slaughter tour with Cannibal Corpse, Periphery, and Goatwhore. The band will release their new album The Parallax II: Future Sequence in October ahead of their November dates, with Washington’s progressive metalers Animals As Leaders filling the support slot.

Between The Buried And Me, Animals As Leaders tour:

Tuesday 13 November – Amplifier, Perth

Wednesday 14 November – Fowlers, Adelaide

Thursday 15 November – The Zoo, Brisbane

Friday 16 November – Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Saturday 17 November – The Metro, Sydney