Formed in Dunedin in 1980, The Chills won deserved acclaim for their early singles including ‘Pink Frost’, ‘I Love My Leather Jacket’ and ‘Wet Blanket’, released by legendary New Zealand indie label Flying Nun.
The songwriting skills, vision and determination of frontman Martin Phillipps provides continuity in The Chills across the decades, through a series of line-up changes and tragedies, many international tours and several label changes. The current line-up has been in place for longer than most rock bands survive! Martin’s perseverance is inspirational and his ability to maintain a hold on to his vision despite life’s obstacles has enabled him to grow and add depth to his already great songwriting.
The Chills have a large and loyal cult following around the world built on the strength of their recording and live shows in more than 40 countries. There have also been numerous festival appearances including Glastonbury UK (1987), Primavera Sound in Spain (2016) and America’s SXSW (2019).
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