Mi-Sex are remembered as true pioneers in the down-under new-wave scene, transforming the turntables of New Zealand and Australia as music grew up into the 80s. And now they are back with some new games - reformatted, rebooted and retooled with a little extra RAM.
Formed in New Zealand in 1977 around the trio of Don Martin, Kevin Stanton and the late great Steve Gilpin, the group pioneered the introduction of electronic instruments into the rock genre, heading across the ditch to Australia with a string of seminal hits including ‘People’, ‘Blue Day’ and ‘Computer Games’.
Recipients of seven Countdown Awards, two top 10 albums and global success including charts in Austria, France, Canada, Argentina and of course their home territories, Mi-Sex had an intense six-year career before calling it a day in 1985. After the tragic passing of Gilpin in 1992, the band members became close once more, eventually re-forming on stage in 2011 to fundraise for the Christchurch Earthquake appeal before getting together more permanently to hit the road once more.
With the enigmatic Steve Balbi (Noiseworks, Electric Hippies) recruited to lead the band into a new era, the band hit a new stride, combining the energy and spirit of their original line-up with a new musical direction and purpose, writing again for the first time since the 80s and starting on the road to reclaim their place in the Australian music zeitgeist.
Their new single ‘Somebody’ is released today and is the band’s first new single in 25 years. It also marks their signing to new Australian rock label Golden Robot Records.
‘Somebody’ is the first track of the upcoming new EP, EXTENDED PLAY – to be released on Friday February 19, coinciding with the first gig on the Clash Of the Titans tour alongside The Angels and Dragon. (Auckland Town Hall)
‘Somebody’ is serviced to New Zealand radio this week.
MI-SEX ON TOUR WITH THE ANGELS AND DRAGON FOR THE ‘CLASH OF THE TITANS’ NEW ZEALAND-WIDE TOUR:
Fri 19 The Battle for: Auckland
Auckland Town Hall (All Ages)
Sat 20 The Battle for: Hamilton
Claudelands Arena (All Ages)
Sun 21 The Battle for: Havelock North
(Afternoon show, All Ages)
Tue 23 The Battle for: Wellington
Shed 6 (All Ages)
Fri 26 The Battle for: Christchurch
The Bedford Big Top (R18)
Sat 27 The Battle for: Dunedin
Dunedin Town Hall (All Ages)
Sun 28 The Battle for: Invercargill
Civic Theatre (All Ages)