Following the release of last year’s critically acclaimed ‘Silver Bullets’, The Chills tour Europe through May and June bringing with them the ultimate unreleased collector’s item.
A precursor to feature documentary film, ‘The Curse Of The Chills’ examines one of New Zealand’s most revered bands is set for release next year. The new deluxe DVD film preview package ‘Martin Phillipps – Live At The Moth Club’ will be available at a select number of live shows on the European leg of the tour and is released 22nd July.
‘Underwater Wasteland’ video from ‘Martin Phillipps – Live At The Moth Club’
Limited to just 2,000 copies worldwide it features Martin Phillipps’ performance at the MOTH Club in Hackney last autumn with bonus documentary material from the new film. This rare and special film preview ‘bookback’ includes new live CD, all audio from that show, and 20 page book with images and lyrics.
‘The Curse Of The Chills’ is a major new feature documentary that features never-before-seen live footage, interviews and archive. With exclusive access to the Phillipps family home video archive, the film provides an intimate portrait of the man behind The Chills. Exploring the source of his creativity and his songwriting aesthetic, the film also follows Martin on his journey from scenester musician to international star, then follows him on the downward spiral, interest in the band waned and depression and addiction set in. It’s an age old rock and roll story where Martin is unflinchingly honest about his heroin addiction and struggles with Hepatitis. Happily, there is a final act to the story, and the film is ultimately one of redemption and vindication of living a life that stays true to your beliefs – whatever the cost.
“After three decades of near-misses and dark alleys, Phillipps has finally embraced his role as king of the underdogs.” Pitchfork
The Chills – Tour Dates
22 May: NYC Popfest, New York, USA
23 May: Monty Hall, New Jersey USA
27 May: The Globe, Cardiff, Wales, UK
28 May: West Hill Hall, Brighton, UK
30 May: Gebaeude 9, Köln, Germany
31 May: Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
02 June: Le Petit Bain, Paris, France
04 June: Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain
06 June: Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds, UK
07 June: The Music Room, Liverpool, UK
08 Jun: KOKO, London, UK