The release of a new Dune Rats album needs to be celebrated. Sure, the hard work and sweat over its creation needs to be acknowledged but releasing a new body of songs out into the world and into the hands and ears of fans is a big deal that calls for a big party. Luckily, Dunies know how to throw a party.
Dune Rats are stoked to announce the Real Rare Whale Album Launch Parties Tour!
With their 4th studio album Real Rare Whale hitting shelves on Friday 29th July, Dune Rats will undertake a string of special and intimate shows at a combination of out-of-the-box venues including a Melbourne warehouse, a Brisbane bowlo, an Adelaide arts factory and their very own pub in Sydney. Dunies will play the new album start to finish and ice the cake with a few of the hits from albums past.
The shows will also be the re-launch of the much loved Young Henry’s Dunies Lager, which will be pouring at all shows across the country. Dunies will also be taking their Volley shoe collab on the road with shoe + gear prizes and giveaways!
Friday 29th July
Fans will have the chance to meet Dune Rats at Soundmech in Collingwood between 4pm to 6pm. The all ages event is an opportunity to get up close and personal with Dunies and grab a signed copy of Real Rare Whale on release day.
Then it’s off to The Industrique in Coburg North from 8pm. The venue will become a shrine to Dunies with a Lee McConnell Art Installation, David ‘BunnyMan’ Herington Photo Exhibition and Dune Rats will perform ‘Real Rare Whale’ live. A special secret act will also perform.
Saturday 30th July
It’s a dream that’s finally come true. Dune Rats Hotel will open for business for one day only. The good folks at White Horse Hotel in St Peters have handed the keys over to the Dunies to create their ultimate pub to celebrate the release of ‘Real Rare Whale’.
Complete with historic Dune Rats stage memorabilia, Lee McConnell’s Art Installation, David ‘BunnyMan’ Herington Photo Exhibition, a special secret act, Bondi Tony’s Burgers on hand and the return of Dunies Lager on tap, there will be three chances to see Dune Rats live throughout the day with an all ages session at 2pm, an arvo session from 5pm and late session from 8pm.
Sunday 31st July
Hometown gigs are the best! Dune Rats will perform an acoustic set at Brisbane institution Rocking Horse Records from midday on Sunday giving fans of all ages the opportunity to meet the band and grab a signed copy of Real Rare Whale.
Then it’s over to the ‘Mayor of Coorparoo’s’ local for a special ‘Dunies Rock & Bowl’ show at Coorparoo Bowls Club. The curators have turned the greens over to Dunies for the afternoon for sessions of lawn bowls, Lee McConnell’s Art Installation, David ‘BunnyMan’ Herington Photo Exhibition, a special secret act and Dune Rats performing ‘Real Rare Whale’ from start to finish live.
Thursday 4th August
Starting at 4pm with an acoustic set at Clarity Records, fans of all ages will have the opportunity to meet the band and grab a signed copy of Real Rare Whale.
In the evening it’s over to Lion Arts Factory from 8pm. Fans will experience a Lee McConnell Art Installation, David ‘BunnyMan’ Herington Photo Exhibition and Dune Rats will perform Real Rare Whale live. A special secret act will also perform.
Dune Rats loves their fans and are very excited to create these special experiences for the release of Real Rare Whale. On the announcement of the shows the band said: “So very psyched for this album launch tour! We wanted to do something special for these shows in each city that’s outside of the box and more intimate from the shows we would usually play. We’re keen to play the new album from start to finish in celebration plus a bunch of favourites from over the years. See yas there!”
The 10 tracks on Real Rare Whale sees Dunies at their punkiest, punniest, funniest best. Featuring the singles ‘What A Memorable Night’, the triple j Hottest 100 fav ‘UP’ and current Dunies love song Melted Into Two.
“Real Rare Whale is hands down the fastest, funnest and most insane album we’ve ever recorded,” the Dunies said on recording the album. “It’s an album that expresses the love of music and writing songs. Songs that will be epic to play live to thousands of sweaty bodies having a great time.”
Real Rare Whale follows on from their consecutive #1 ARIA albums, 2020’s Hurry Up And Wait and 2017’s The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit. Recorded with acclaimed producer Scott Horscroft, the band relocated to Eden on the south coast of New South Wales for 3 months at the height of the pandemic and set out to write an album that was opposite to the negativity going on in the world. The result is an album full of fun and melodic rock n’ roll.
DUNE RATS ‘REAL RARE WHALE’ ALBUM LAUNCH PARTIES
DUNE RATS REAL RARE WHALE
Released 29 July 2022 via Ratbag Records / BMG