Mental As Anything

Sunday 15 January


w/ Splurge Acoustic

Boasting 12 albums between 1979 and 2009, Mental As Anything can proudly call themselves art pop pioneers, providing chart success and mainstream appeal. Their contribution to the Australian music landscape was formally recognised in 2009 with their induction into the ARIA Hall Of Fame.

Nearly 40 years of recording and non stop touring. 25 top 40 hits in Australia. Sustained international airplay and Mentals are still at it. Martin Plaza and Greedy Smith are always writing songs. They can’t stop! Here comes a loony chunkabilly track from Plaza. Slide guitar harmonica and laconic vocal take us to his bedlam. -Goat Tracks In My Sandpit-. A troubled soul?

Recorded in Martin Plaza’s Sandpit and A Sharp In Riverwood. Plaza obliquely pays tribute to Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys referencing his famous living room sandpit where Brian wrote his songs and faced his personal demons.

Plaza’s demons?: phantom footprints? unseen goats drinking all his cans beer? Shades of the Nips perhaps. Produced by Martin and Steve James who produced Mentals take on RocknRoll Music for Young Einstein.

In the can and just around the corner is a five track EP featuring the Mentals current lineup of Martin Cilia From the Atlantics on guitar, Jacob Cook on drums and from Mondo Rock, Casey Chambers and Jimmy Barnes James Gillard on bass and bvs. Five new songs Written by Greedy and Martin that Show the range and depth of two lifetimes in pop songwriting.

George Ash, President Of Universal Music Asia Pacific says: I love The Mentals, they are an essential thread in the fabric of Australian music history. Their record of chart hits is absolutely incredible; the envy of any artist. We’re all honoured to be working with Mental As Anything; building on their legacy and introducing their work to new generations in new ways.’

Mental As Anything’s studio albums sales success is clear. Their 4 platinum accreditations for their studio albums and many more gold awards – alongside constant tour activity, perpetuate a strong and enduring career. Their Greatest Hits collections boast further accreditation achievements, compiling their classic singles like The Nips Are Getting Bigger, If You Leave Me Can I Come Too, Live It Up; each enduring pop classics with a strong legacy – alongside many more anthems.

In total, Mental As Anything boast a nigh-unparalleled twenty ARIA Top 40 singles in Australia, spanning The Nips Are Getting Bigger (#16, 1979) to Mr Natural (#27, 1995).
The Mentals success also translated internationally with Top 10 singles in Germany, UK, Norway and NZ.

Today Greedy Smith and Martin Plaza continue the Mentals legacy with James Gillard (ex-Mondo Rock), Martin Cilla (The Atlantics) and drummer Jacob Cook; fulfilling a comprehensive tour schedule – most weekends of the calendar.

*** NOTE: This show has PREMIUM SEATING which guarantees ticket holders the best seats available, positioned directly in front of the stage ***

Tickets from $33 +bf
  • Ticket Pricing
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    Premium Seating $52 +bf - SOLD OUT Premium seating guarantees patrons the ‘BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE’ which are positioned directly in front of the stage
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    Allocated Seating $45 +bf
  • Standing Room $33 +bf
  • At the Door $35
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