2023 is shaping up to be another huge year for SPEED.
(Pic by Johnathan Tumbel)
SPEED are quickly becoming the most successful hardcore band to ever come out of Australia.
Their first-ever US headline tour is mostly sold out, with just three dates with a remaining low amount of tickets. Back On The Map festival, taking place at Sydney’s Metro Theatre this June is completely sold out months ahead of time.
With their US headliner taking place next month, SPEED will come home for a celebratory homecoming tour this May and June. The tour begins at Adelaide’s Lion Arts Factory on 25 May, with the band heading to Melbourne’s Prince Bandroom the following night, and holding just one all-ages gig at Stay Gold in Brunswick on 27 May.
From there, SPEED’s Australian headline tour stops at The Basement in Canberra, The Newcastle Hotel, Gold Coast’s Vinnie’s Dive Bar, Brisbane’s The Zoo, and ends at the Back On The Map festival.
Tickets go on sale this Thursday, 30 March, at 9 am. Joining the hardcore heroes on their Australian tour are Sunami and Scowl.
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Vocalist Jem Siow formed SPEED in 2019 following the quiet breakup of Endless Heights. The band released their debut EP, Gang Called Speed, in June last year.
The EP saw the band embrace their mission statement of putting Australian hardcore on the map and tracked journeys through the bandmates taking ownership of their identities. The band rally against intolerance and call out racism, xenophobia and toxic masculinity in the hardcore scene.
In November, SPEED returned with another unifying banger, One Blood We Bleed, which definitely opened up the pits on the recent Turnstile tour the band recently opened for.
SPEED bring tons of energy and aggressiveness found in hardcore punk but with messages of solidarity. The music video was filmed between Los Angeles and Sydney in just three takes - the group are having a wicked time, as they should be.
VANS OFF THE WALL PRESENTS:
2023 AUSTRALIAN TOUR
WITH SUNAMI AND SCOWL
25 May - Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide (18+)
26 May - Prince Bandroom, Melbourne (18+)
27 May - Stay Gold, Melbourne (AA)
28 May - The Basement, Canberra (18+)
30 May - The Newcastle Hotel, Newcastle (18+)
31 May - Vinnie’s Dive Bar, Gold Coast (18+)
1 June - The Zoo, Brisbane (18+)
2 June - Back On The Map Festival (18+)