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July 16, 2024

The masters of ‘zero to hero’

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The masters of ‘zero to hero’ pub rock, The Tenants, are bringing their live show and Aussie humour to Mullum’s Courthouse Hotel for one night only on Thursday, July 4.

The Tenants shot to fame when ‘You Shit Me To Tears’, the title track from their debut EP, reached number three in the Triple J Hottest 100 competition in 1999.

The song became an instant anthem for punters all over the country.

Local Mullum identity and bass player, JJ LaMoore agreed to the tour on the condition they kick it off from his hometown. ‘I’ve always been keen to get the boys up for a show and riding the current wave of comeback tours provided the perfect opportunity,’ said LaMoore. ‘It’s really great that we’ve been able to get local legend Real Jarrah on board for what will no doubt be the biggest night in Mullum since Dave Osborn delivered on his promise to park in every spot in the Mullum Woollies car park.’

After their Triple J Hottest 100 success, the band’s follow-up EP Caucasian Overbite included two more radio hits, ‘Pub Girl’ and ‘Boredom’, and strengthened the band’s wildly exaggerated claims of being the ‘hottest young Aussie talent since Alex Papps’.

Their full-length album Everything You Know Is Wrong kicked off with ‘Ready To Rumble,’ which became The Footy Show theme for a time and sent the band to showcase at SXSW in Austin Texas.

After many miles in the tour van, the boys took a break to commence a breeding program – the program was so successful, live shows slowed down to a strolling pace.

Since their inception in 1999, The Tenants have consistently brought their pub-rock-meets-punk music to punters across the nation, sharing bills with the likes of Powderfinger, Spiderbait, The Living End – and just about anyone else from the local RSL karaoke club scene.

The new album, Push & Hold, is described by lead singer Ace as having a very big, sweaty, dirty and pub-rock-like sound. ‘Dirty rock was the brief, and I believe it has been nailed,’ he said.

According to Drum Media, The Tenants are ‘a slickly tight, pop-rock package that still has enough rough edges to slum it with the rest of us.’

Come see The Tenants before they are evicted and forfeit their bond in full. Thursday, 4 July from 8pm at the Courthouse Hotel, Mullumbimby.

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