The Return Of The Schizophonics

Rebecca Varidel
22nd Jan 2023


It's time, brothers and sisters, to kick out the jams again with San Diego's dynamite The Schizophonics, whose first two brief and BC (before covid) Australian visits in 2019 and early 2020 back blew the minds and burst the hearts of everyone who saw them.

Returning on the back of their latest LP Hoof It, The Schizophonics will reaffirm your faith in rock'n'roll. Over the last few years this high-energy trio, which is formed around the dynamic husband and wife duo of singer/guitarist Pat Beers and drummer Lety Beers, has built up a formidable reputation around the world as an explosive live act - one that taps into the same unstoppable combination of unbridled rock'n'roll soul energy and showmanship that fueled The MC5 in the heyday of the Grande Ballroom in late '60s Detroit. In addition to The MC5, The Schizophonics' wild live show is heavily influenced by artists like James Brown, Iggy Pop, Little Richard, Jimi Hendrix and The Sonics.

This electrifying outfit first plugged themselves in back in 2009, and have since released three albums (their first, "Land Of The Living", on legendary LA label Sympathy For The Record Industry) and numerous EPs and singles - most recently a blinding cover of The MC5's unreleased early showstopper "Black To Comm" backed with a surprise cover of Roxy Music's "Remake/Remodel". Not content to exist at the very centre of 21st Century international garage rock circles, they've also toured Europe backing the "Mexican Elvis" El Vez (as The Little Richards) and done shows with brass, keys and backing vocalists as The Schizophonics Soul Revue.

Although they churn through bass players quicker than Spinal Tap went through drummers, Pat and Lety's vision is strong; so strong they were able to record Hoof It without any outside help during lockdown. If you've never seen them play, you've probably never seen a band play with such physical abandon. Shindig magazine described their live show as "like watching some insane hybrid of Wayne Kramer, James Brown, and the Tasmanian Devil" and Spotify has hailed them as the "wildest live band in America".

Joining the Schizophonics for this evening of outrageous energy and great garage rock are The Unknowns. Hailing from South East Queensland and sharing members and a record label with The Chats, The Unknowns are set to release their second album "East Coast Low" on Bargain Bin Records around the time of this tour. Combining '70s style punk and power pop in a manner not dissimilar to the classic first three Ramones album, The Unknowns' music is timelessly exciting and fun for all ages!

The Schizophonics and The Unknowns touring together in March. Be there and feel the flow.

Wed 1 March – LA LA LA’S, WOLLONGONG, NSW with The Unknowns
Thu 2 March – CROWBAR, SYDNEY, NSW with The Unknowns
Fri 3 March – DRIFTERS WHARF, Gosford (Schizophonics only)