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A Breath of Summer  12 August 2011

The Grates exhale on the Summer’s Breath Tour

As Winter begins to wane and Spring starts to blossom on the horizon, The Grates have their sights firmly on the hot winds blowing Summer our way as they hit the hot bitumen again in late October/November for their biggest national tour yet. 

Having ignited the main stage as the sun set over Splendour In The Grass, The Grates are at the peak of their game. Helmed by the enigmatic, sassy frontwoman Patience Hodgson, their sophisticated live show has as many twists and turns as the singer’s dance moves, unparalleled by any band in the country right now. From her stage diving antics to provocative banter, you just never know what you’re going to get up close and personal.

“As frontwomen or, indeed, frontmen go, she is among the best I’ve seen: infinitely charismatic, insanely energetic and generally hard to take your eyes off. More importantly she barely misses a note despite the fact she shouldn’t be able to breathe.”
George Palathingal, Sydney Morning Herald, OAF June 24

"The Grates’ set of Splendour 2011 was an absolute success as far as the festivals’ patrons were concerned, reaffirming the band’s place as an irresistible powder-keg of pure indie pop-rock bliss."
The Dwarf

"Third album “Secret Rituals” has seen the band move forward as a force to be reckoned with, garnering near perfect reviews across the board."

“Their triumphant third effort which will surely be in the reckoning for best Australian album of the year.”
Sunday Herald Sun, 4/5
“Rituals is a rich collection of densely-textured indie pop that manages to distil everything cool that’s happening in music into one seamless package. “
Rolling Stone, 4.5/5

“The Grates finally bare their teeth – and they’re bloody sharp.”
The West Australian, 4.5/5
“The Grates, having found the beauty in catastrophe, really have moved on.”
The Australian, 4.5/5
“The energy is still there but the quality of their songwriting and the overall sound has matured to help them deliver this pop-rock delight.”
The Courier Mail, 4/5
“Secret Rituals is still an unmistakable Grates record, and it shows the hallmark of a great band when they can invent something new and still sound distinctly themselves.”
U On Sunday, 8/10

The Grates have embraced fellow Brisbanites Last Dinosaurs and beguiled them to join them on tour. Last Dinosaurs take a break from the studio recording their debut album with Sydney engineer Jean-Paul Fung (Leader Cheetah, Papa Vs Pretty) who is taking the production reigns. Having been holed up in Big Jesus Burger studio in Sydney, the band are looking forward to hitting the road and pitting their tour toughness against The Grates. Last Dinosaurs will be road testing some new materials as well as playing some old favourites.

Secret Rituals is out now through Dew Process/UMA.

The Grates ‘Summer’s Breath Tour’

With Special Guests Last Dinosaurs*

Presented by Secret Service & Village Sounds, triple j,, Rave, The Brag, Beat, Xpress and Channel [V]
On sale 9AM Friday, August 19th

Thu 27 Oct: Spotted Cow, Toowoomba
Oztix:; PH: 1300 762 545  
Venue (07) 4639 3264
Fri 28 Oct: The Tivoli, Brisbane
Ticketek:; PH: 132 849
Sat 29 Oct: Stonefest, University of Canberra
Ticketek:; PH: 132 849
Mon 31 Oct: The Hi-Fi, Melbourne (Cup Eve)  
Venue:; PH: 1300 (THEHIFI) 843 4434  
Wed 2 Nov: Karova Lounge, Ballarat
Oztix:; PH: 1300 762 545
New Generation, Ballarat: 03 5333 2444
Thur 3 Nov:  Bended Elbow, Geelong
Oztix - ; PH: 1300 762 545  
Venue (03) 5229 4477
Fri 4 Nov:  The Gov, Adelaide

Moshtix:; PH: 1300 (GET TIX) 438 849
Venuetix:; PH: 08 8225 8888
Sat 5 Nov: The Capitol, Perth *
Moshtix:; PH: 1300 (GET TIX) 438 849
Thur 10 Nov: Waves, Wollongong
Moshtix:; PH: 1300 (GET TIX) 438 849
Fri 11 Nov: The Cambridge, Newcastle
Moshtix:; PH: 1300 (GET TIX) 438 849
Sat 12 Nov: The Metro, Sydney
Ticketek:; PH: 132 849
Wed 16 Nov: The Northern, Byron Bay

Oztix:; PH: 1300 762 545  
Thur 17 Nov: Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast  
Oztix -; PH: 1300 762 545
Fri 18 Nov: Kings Beach Tavern, Sunshine Coast  
Oztix -; PH: 1300 762 545
Venue (07) 5491 1366
Sat 19 Nov: The Venue, Townsville*
Oztix -; PH: 1300 762 545
Venue (07) 4724 2800
Sun 20 Nov:  Brothers Leagues, Cairns*
Venue - PH: 07 4053 1053
* Last Dinosaurs are NOT appearing on these shows.


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