AUSSIE HIP HOP LEGENDS BUTTERFINGERS ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE DANCING (TO THE BEAT OF MY OWN DRUM) OUT TODAY + NEW ALBUM BAD NEWS OUT MARCH 30 + MASSIVE NATIONAL ALBUM TOUR
Australia’s favourite musical misfits and auteurs of Aussie hip hop, Butterfingers are back, breaking hearts and bones (mostly their own) with a killer new single, Dancing (To The Beat Of My Own Drum), out now. Confident and with more ecstatic energy and sharp lyrical wit than ever before, Dancing (To The Beat Of My Own Drum) is classic Butterfingers. After a fourteen-year long album release cycle, this hectic new track is the first taste of a brand new Butterfingers album, Bad News, set for release on March 30. The beloved group will be celebrating the new record with a monumental national tour across April, May and June of 2020, kicking off in Fremantle at Mojo’s Bar on April 20, then moving through Perth, Scarborough, Bunbury, Burleigh Heads, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Frankston, Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle, Mt Gambier, Adelaide, Townsville, and wrapping up in Cairns at Gilligans on June 6.
More info below and loads of places to see Butterfingers at on their tour.
BUTTERFINGERS BEST 5 SONGS TO DANCE TO
1, Jungle Boogie – Kool & The Gang: I’m a huge funk fan as this list suggests and it doesn’t get more badass than this. This song also appears on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack and you know Quentin Tarantino has great taste in music so if you can’t take my word for it take his.
2. Superstition – Stevie Wonder: I’m not sure but I’d say this song might have single handedly brought the clavinet back from the brink of obscurity and made it the funkiest instrument known to man. Apparently Stevie played the clav, drums, bass and most other instruments on this track. The original one man band. Does any of that matter? No. Is it danceable? Hell mother^%#ing yes!
3. Feel Right – Mark Ronson feat Mystikal: Millions of primary school kids will say different but I think this is a better tune than Uptown Funk. Mystikal always had a cool rap delivery that never really got exploited to it’s potential due to stints in prison and this song inspired a lot of hope in me that more good things were to come. Haven’t heard much since damn this song is funky.
4. Get Up Offa That Thing – James Brown: Another absolute classic that you can’t not move too and the best thing is it has no end. Even the 6 min version has a fade out making me assume that the whole band took a whole bunch of stimulants and probably kept on this one groove for a good 24 hours.
5. New York New York – Frank Sinatra: Not Funk. Obviously. But a DJ friend of mine had a residency at The Zoo in Brisbane for years, the night was called Ether and this was always the closing tune. So many drunk nights ended with people from all ages and sub cultures coming together to waltz around to this tune. Sometimes ironically but in their hearts, everyone knew they loved it. BANGER.
Jen : Thanks guys! Loved checking these songs out and yes they are all super danceable!
With typical rhythmic brilliance and clever, incisive lyrics, Butterfingers’ new single Dancing (To The Beat Of My Own Drum) will delight dedicated fans and will appeal to the masses too. This track is rocky, powerful, and there’s no holds barred here – from start to finish, Dancing (To The Beat Of My Own Drum) is like lightening in a bottle. Speaking on the song’s inspiration, band leader and frontman Evil Eddie Jacobson explains, “We’ve drawn from a lot of different artists and genres over the years but this new track and album is born from our most recent influences, which range from alternative rock to grime and trap. Of course we’ve put our twist on all of it and it’s still definitely Butterfingers! Dancing (To The Beat Of My Own Drum) is that scene in the film when the protagonist slays the dragon, if you know what I mean. It’s just about that feeling when you’re absolutely sure and confident with who you are and what you’re doing, that no one else’s opinion matters anymore.”
With a new found vigor and a swag of new material, Butterfingers are officially back in the saddle and continuing to bend genres and the boundaries of good taste with a rare blend of obscenity, wit and charm. True to form, the new album Bad News encompasses hip hop, punk, reggae, drum & bass, stoner rock, electronica and just about anything that makes you want to shake your bones, into a cohesive mash-up all of their own creation. From potty-mouthed gutter rhymes to heartfelt crooning odes to love lost, this is an album that will keep old fans happy and will entice new followers at an alarming rate.
With a host of industry awards, multiple ARIA award noms, a bunch of features in Hottest 100 countdowns, and playing just about every major festival on the Australian circuit over the years, Butterfingers have continued to develop their unique and supremely high energy and fun sound throughout their career. And Bad News is testament to this dedication to growth. As Eddie enthuses, “The whole album is one complete story and it’s about where we’ve been and what’s happened in the last 14 years since our last album. It’s not as literal as a regular concept album, but each song represents a scene. The story within the album covers everything from self loathing, facing bankruptcy, battling drug addiction, failed friendships/betrayal, heartbreak – and then overcoming all that to make a rad album!”
During the break, Evil Eddie released a solo album, Welcome To Flavour Country (2010), spawning standout track Queensland that received great critical acclaim and charted in the triple j Hottest 100. Taking a step back from the limelight, he joined and released an album with Brisbane thrash punk outfit Spitfireliar as lead guitarist. Now bringing Spitfireliar bass player Bradzilla back with him, along with ex-Wolfmother drummer Tony McCall, 2020 looks to be the year that propels Butterfingers back into the Australian consciousness with fresh zest and their greatest material to date.
As ever, there’s a lot for fans to look forward to at the upcoming shows, as Eddie reveals, “We all know how hard it can be to win a crowd over with new material, no matter how awesome it is, so even though we’ll be playing a fair chunk of this new stuff we obviously aren’t going to ignore the back catalogue either. It’ll be a nice blend and the energy will be pretty hectic!”
Butterfingers is Evil Eddie (vocals, guitar), Olly Thomas (keys, samples, percussion), Bradzilla Cochrane (bass) and Tony McCall (drums).
Dancing (to the beat of my own drum) is available now
Bad News is set for release on March 30 through Bewilderbeats
Tickets to the Bad News Tour will be available for a fan presale on Thursday January 30 and will go on sale to the general public on Monday February 3. Hit up the band’s website for more information: http://butterfingers.info
BUTTERFINGERS – BAD NEWS TOUR
THU, 16 APR 20 | MOJO’S BAR, FREMANTLE, WA (18+)
Tickets available from http://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/?Event=113224
FRI, 17 APR 20 | BADLANDS BAR, PERTH, WA (18+)
Tickets available from https://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/Default.aspx?Event=113225
SAT, 18 APR 20 | INDIAN OCEAN HOTEL, SCARBOROUGH, WA (18+)
Tickets available from http://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/?Event=113227
SUN, 19 APR 20 | PRINCE OF WALES HOTEL, BUNBURY, WA (18+)
Tickets available from http://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/?Event=113228
FRI, 24 APR 20 | MO’S DESERT CLUBHOUSE, BURLEIGH HEADS, QLD (18+)
Tickets available from http://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/?Event=113229
SAT, 25 APR 20 | THE TRIFFID, NEWSTEAD, QLD (18+)
Tickets available from https://moshtix.com.au/v2/event/butterfingers-album-tour/119387
SAT, 02 MAY 20 | NIGHTQUARTER SUNSHINE COAST, QLD (18+)
Tickets available from http://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/?Event=113231
FRI, 08 MAY 20 | ALTAR, HOBART, TAS (18+)
Tickets available from http://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/?Event=113232
SAT, 09 MAY 20 | ROYAL OAK HOTEL, LAUNCESTON, TAS (18+)
Tickets available from https://tickets.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/a2d551f0-8f52-417a-a258-3e8ef8578227
FRI, 15 MAY 20 | HOWLER BAR, BRUNSWICK, VIC (18+)
Tickets available from https://moshtix.com.au/v2/event/butterfingers/119276?skin=4406
SAT, 16 MAY 20 | PELLY BAR, FRANKSTON, VIC (18+)
Tickets available from http://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/?Event=113234
THU, 21 MAY 20 | UC HUB, BRUCE, ACT (18+)
FRI, 22 MAY 20 | THE LANSDOWNE HOTEL, CHIPPENDALE, NSW (18+)
Tickets available from https://moshtix.com.au/v2/event/butterfingers-album-tour-2020/119288?skin=thelansdowne
SAT, 23 MAY 20 | CAMBRIDGE SIDEROOM, NEWCASTLE, NSW (18+)
Tickets available from http://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/?Event=113237
FRI, 29 MAY 20 | SHADOWS, MT GAMBIER, SA (18+)
Tickets available from https://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/Default.aspx?Event=113238
SAT, 30 MAY 20 | CROWN AND ANCHOR, ADELAIDE, SA (18+)
Tickets available from http://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/?Event=113239
FRI, 05 JUN 20 | OTHERWISE, TOWNSVILLE, QLD (18+)
Tickets available from https://moshtix.com.au/v2/event/butterfingers-townsville/119419
SAT, 06 JUN 20 | GILLIGANS BACKPACKERS HOTEL & RESORT, CAIRNS, QLD (18+)
Tickets available from http://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/?Event=113243