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Violent Femmes

American rock band the Violent Femmes are returning to Australia for their most extensive national tour since 2005.

By Chelsea Heaney.

On the back of their recently released album We Can Do Anything, this veteran rock group will be taking centre stage at the Darwin Entertainment Centre this March. Although they have released nine studio albums and 15 singles throughout their career, most punters will recognise them for their hits ‘Blister In The Sun’ and ‘Gone Daddy Gone’. These well-known tracks still get frequent air time, even 34 years after the release of their self-titled debut album. 

Although the group has had their ups and downs over the years, splitting up briefly in 1987 and again in 2009, the last few years have seen them reunite for Coachella, Falls Festival and Woodford. This culminated in the release of their ninth studio album in 2016, the first since 2000’s Freak Magnet

Their foray to Darwin also follows the post-punk rockers' appearance on the line up of some well-known festivals around the country including Golden Plains, WOMADelaide and Twilight at Taronga. This latest tour sees them take the road less travelled, visiting more regional and suburban areas across Australia. 

Local Indigenous father daughter duo Rayella will be supporting on the night, after meeting Violent Femmes bass player Brian Ritchie in Alice Springs in 2014. Although it might be hard for the group to cover all their extensive discography in just one night, it's safe to say they will definitely cover most of the classics for their fans.

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