Grungey sludge pioneers Flipper are having a 40th birthday party, Getintothis’ Matthew Eland delivers your invitation.
San Francisco’s sax-bothering, sex-bombing, sludge-rocking alt-luminaries Flipper are reforming for their 40-year anniversary.
Residing happily in the underground until Kurt Cobain‘s home-made t-shirt elevated them to infamy, news of the tour has sent fans of the repetitive, anarchic and mind-bending four-piece into ecstasy. Especially with the addition of two big names to round out the line-up.
Minutemen and Firehose alumnus Mike Watt (last seen round these parts with Il Sogno del Marinaio at Psych Fest 2017) will play bass, while unhinged Jesus Lizard frontman David Yow will fill in on vocals.
They join founding members Steve DePace and Ted Falconi on their compromisingly noisey and atonal odyssey. Attendees should not expect cake, but tracks like Sex Bomb, Ha Ha Ha and Life is Cheap may well feature.
Among their travels around Europe is a trip to Blackpool’s Winter Gardens for the Rebellion Fesitval; they’ll be joining The Descendents, The Stranglers and The Damned on an a roster already packed full of punk legends.
They’ll be there to remind everyone that they’re more than just a t-shirt with marker pen on it. Their 1982 debut Generic Flipper remains a classic, and their four studio albums and five live releases form a monument to the group’s trail-blazing, rabble-rousing ferocity.
Don’t take our word for it though. Says Henry Rollins in his memoir Get in the Van of their rambling, chaotic assault:
“They were just heavy. Heavier than you. Heavier than anything…When they played they were amazing…”
Full UK tour dates are as follows:
July 30 Nottingham UK Rescue Rooms
July 31 Bristol UK The Exchange
Aug 1 Blackpool UK Rebellion Festival
Aug 2 Glasgow UK CCA
Aug 3 Leeds UK Brudenell
Aug 4 London UK Garage