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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Winnebago Deal Returns to Australia

Winnebago Deal consists of Ben Perrier (vocals/guitar) and Ben Thomas (drums). Simple as. They live in Oxford in the UK, and sound something like a hurricane in a nunnery. The refreshingly foulmouthed two-headed, four-legged rock monster blitzed their way through Australia earlier this year, loving it so much they have decided to return as part of the 2009 Devil`s Kitchen Festival.

The journey of this thunderously minimalist duo has been of the long and grinding variety: first came the Plato O Plomo mini-album on Fierce Panda in 2003. Then came their debut album, Dead Gone, on Double Dragon. The latest installment was the follow-up, Flight of the Raven. Released in Australia via Impedance Records with a bonus DVD.

Along the way there have been alleged backstage brawls, rumoured side stage set-tos and hundreds of storming live shows with Therapy?, High on Fire, The Dwarves, Brant Bjork, and Nebula, all played as gigs should be played i.e. "In a haze of broken glass." Sounds grueling? Screw that – Ben and Ben are ready to bring themselves down under all over again.

See, things happen for Winnebago Deal. Flight of the Raven was recorded in Seattle with Jack Endino – a man so cool he produced Touch Me, I`m Sick and Bleach. "He encourages you to drink before your takes – he tells you to get your head right."

For a few year`s they also toured the world as part of Nick Oliveri`s Mondo Generator. Heading throughout Europe opening for Motorhead and having John Garcia (Kyuss) join them on stage to sing “Allen`s Wrench” in front of thirty thousand Spaniards (check it out on YouTube) were just a couple of the highlights.

Reviews following the bands first visit to Australia left many people lamenting they fact they had missed out. But fear not, they are back and covering more territory this time around. Winnebago Deal play Devils Kitchen on the following dates. Line up and venue details will be announced early November.

Sat, January 24: Perth
Sun, January 25: Brisbane
Mon, January 26: Byron Bay
Sat, January 31: Sydney
Sat, February 7: Melbourne


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