Critically-acclaimed fuzz-rock trio The Schizophonics have finally locked in their first-ever NZ dates this May and June. They're set to bring their frenzied live performances to Auckland, Raglan, Dunedin, Whanganui, Wellington, Hastings and Gisborne.
Known for their unstoppable combination of rock 'n' roll energy, The Schizophonics are an explosive rock musos whose showmanship fueled the MC5 in the heyday of the Grande Ballroom. During their spanning career, they've built up a formidable reputation and have successfully gained a fervent following among locals.
Hailing from San Diego, California, husband and wife Pat and Lety Beers and bass player Blake Lindquist formed The Schizophonics in 2009. After breaking onto the music scene, the band began playing hundreds of live shows up and down the West Coast and further afield. Apart from their outstanding live shows, the band are also committed to writing great, memorable songs—a skill singer/guitarist Pat Beers has continued to hone, channeling such influences as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Sonics, The Stooges, MC5, James Brown, and Little Richard.
"The Schizophonics bring the goods every time they play… Pat Beers is like a cross between Jimi Hendrix and James Brown—yelping, wailing, shralping the guitar with his left hand while gyrating all over the place; and Lety keeps it real behind the kit." - Tim May, Owner of The Casbah Music Venue
A 2013 tour of Spain with El Vez—who had recruited them as his backing group—resulted in the group's first record release, a three-song '7"' EP via Munster label. In December 2014, The Schizophonics took their act to an arena-sized venue for 91X's Wrex the Halls concert, on a bill that also included Billy Idol, Spoon, Cage the Elephant, and Interpol. In 2017, they released their first album 'In Mono' through Sympathy For The Record Industry label, and are currently working on a new album.
Snatch up your tickets now and witness The Schizophonics set Kiwi stages on fire this May and June!