The Chills

The Chills

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in arrangement with Mistletone Enterprises


Concert Cancelled: The Chills

Due to the recent developments relating to the Omicron COVID-19 variant and new restrictions on quarantine-free re-entry from Australia back to New Zealand, The Chills have regrettably decided to cancel their upcoming Australian tour.

The band are extremely disappointed, as this was their first tour to Australia since 2016. They will endeavour to reschedule and return, and send sincere apologies to all those who were looking forward to the Melbourne Recital Centre show.

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A legendary New Zealand act.

Innovators of the Dunedin sound, The Chills’ idiosyncratic persistence and artistic integrity has cemented them as a legendary act. Fronted by the rare talent of Martin Phillipps their diverse sound traverses lush psychedelia, whimsy and gloom, punk rock and bright jangly pop.

It’s been five years since The Chills were last in Melbourne. In that time, they’ve released their seventh studio album, Scatterbrain, a collection which echoes the maturity and breadth of Martin Phillipps’ experience. 2019 saw the release of documentary, The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipp to critical acclaim, a story told with extraordinary candour.

The song writing skills, vision and determination of front-man Martin Phillipps provides continuity in The Chills across the decades. Although The Chills have famously been through many personnel changes, the current line-up has been in place, more or less, for longer than most rock bands survive. This line-up provides the stability and musical competence that enables Martin to build on his legacy, and continue to write, record and perform his impressive collection of songs.

Their performance in the incredible surrounds of Elisabeth Murdoch Hall will somehow leave audiences enthralled, harrowed and jovial, all at once.

‘Harmony at large is Phillipps’ equivalent of the Lord’s Prayer: a practice done for keeping aloneness at bay, for Phillipps the intensest rendezvous.’ Pitchfork

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Martin Phillipps guitar and vocals
Callum Hampton bass and backing vocals
Todd Knudson drums and backing vocals
Erica Scally guitar, keyboards, violin and backing vocals
Oli Wilson keyboards and backing vocals)