Experimental avant-garde music group The Residents are returning to Australia for the first time in a decade to play Bluesfest (March 25-28) and have announced sideshows for Melbourne and Sydney. The group will be presenting Shadowland, Part 3 of a trilogy of tours celebrating their 40th anniversary and featuring the group’s power trio format.
The group will be appearing on March 23 at The Croxton in Thornbury Melbourne and on March 24 at The Factory in Marrickville Sydney.
The Residents are a San Francisco based art collective best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works. Their first official release was Meet The Residents in 1974 and since then they have released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, three CD-ROM projects, and ten DVDs. The group has also undertaken seven major world tours and scored multiple films. The avant-garde music label Ralph Records was started by the band.
Theory of Obscurity, a documentary about the band was shown at the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival.
Throughout the group’s existence, the individual members have attempted to operate under anonymity, preferring instead to have attention focused on their art output. In public, the group appears silent and costumed, often wearing eyeball helmets, top hats and tuxedos – a long-lasting costume now recognised as its signature iconography.