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13th of December 2018

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"All these musical forms; country, blues, punk, garage, they work well together in our hands," said the late Spencer P. Jones, referring to his old band Beasts of Bourbon back in early 2013. At the time it was a hot, dry afternoon and Jones was enjoying a cool beer, ruminating on the chemistry that for three decades had existed between himself, Beasts frontman Tex Perkins, guitarist Kim Salmon, Boris Sudjovic on bass and drummer James Baker. In later years Brian Henry Hooper and Tony Pola would replace Sudjovic and Baker respectively, while Charlie Owen became the band's long serving guitarist alongside Jones from 1996.

Several years before Salmon exited and Owen joined the fold, Beasts of Bourbon released the Black Milk album, which Jones recalled NME saying was "bonkers. full stop" in a review sometime around its 1990 release. "They didn't get us, obviously," he said, taking another sip, then adding "each album has been something really different" and that he cherished each incarnation of the band, which released six studio albums, a handful of fearsome live albums and had a reputation that preceded it everywhere they toured, both here and overseas.

The Beasts (left to right, Boris Sujdovic, Tony Pola, Kim Salmon, Tex Perkins, Charlie Owen).

The Beasts (left to right, Boris Sujdovic, Tony Pola, Kim Salmon, Tex Perkins, Charlie Owen).Credit:Martin Philbey

Now the Beasts, with Salmon and Sudjovic returning, will release Still Here on February 15, a collection of songs recorded in the days after Hooper died of cancer in March this year. Jones, who died in August as a result of his own health issues, recorded one track for the album, At the Hospital, which sits among "some sketchy ideas, loose ends and a couple of covers," says the band. The Beasts - not the Beasts of Bourbon as "it would need to have Jonesy on every track to be that," according to the group - will tour nationally in February and March on the back of Still Here. Tickets will be on sale from 9am on November 30 via premierartists.com.au

The Beasts Still Here tour dates 2019 (with special guests to be announced)

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