To meet demand for their first visit to Kiwi shores, Ireland’s legendary The Undertones have switched their one and only Auckland show on Wednesday July 12 from the Kings Arms to the larger Powerstation.
Their influence has spread far and wide - Teenage Kicks was the favourite single of all time for taste-making English DJ John Peel.
Formed whilst teenagers in Derry, Ireland in 1975, The Undertones reputation for classic short sharp punk pop classics was cemented with unforgettable songs released from ’77 onwards. Songs about girls, petty jealousies, spotty neuroses and chocolate - including Teenage Kicks, My Perfect Cousin, Get Over You, You’ve Got My Number, Here Comes The Summer, Jimmy Jimmy and loads more over four brilliant albums before initially disbanding in 1983.
"Standing here watching this perfect jukebox band you are reminded by just how many great songs The Undertones have, every riff, every vocal line, every moment drips in pop perfection and the thrill of two entwining guitars that cram so much melody and adrenaline into the music that their music sounds eternally joyous, is part of the heart of soul of their greatness.” - Louder Than War
"The fact that you could sing along to them whilst mashing up the pit and have your heart strings tugged by the band shows just how perfect they were.” - The Quietus
Following the break-up, the members of The Undertones would go onto varying degrees of success (That Petrol Emotion, solo careers) before reforming in1999; new singer Paul McLoone joining original members - guitarist and chief-songwriter John O’Neil, his brother Billy (guitar), bassist Michael Bradley and drummer Billy Doherty - headlining shows across the UK and Europe, appearing at the Glastonbury Festival in 2005, releasing two new albums - Get What You Need (2003) and Dig Yourself Deep (2007) - plus Teenage Kicks (A Best Of) and a top 30 chart hit on release in 2003.
"As a live proposition the band are arguably on the best form of their career, helped by a pristine sound that pushed the guitars to the fore. The set crackled with energy and the band played with passion and joy. Paul McLoone has totally claimed his place behind the mic, he nailed every tune and spent the whole gig enjoying the music as much as the crowd” - Culture