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Beasts of Bourbon reimagined as The Beasts, announce new album and tour

Former and current members of the iconic group are banding together.

Influential Melbourne rockers Beasts of Bourbon have faced their share of hardship this year, with both guitarist Spencer Jones and bassist Brian Hooper passing away. While the outfit won't be the same, the remaining members have reinvented themselves under the name The Beasts for a new album.

Following an emotional final performance, the band's frontman Tex Perkins floated the idea of reconvening the past and present members of Beasts of Bourbon in the recording studio for a bit of fun. Sadly, Hooper passed a week after the performance, though the rest of the band kept the date. 

With no particular plan for what would unfold within the studio, Charlie Owen, Boris Sujdovic, Tony Pola, Kim Salmon, Jones and Perkins got to work on an assortment of covers and jams, including Frank Zappa's 'The Torture Never Stops' and Warren Zevon's 'My Shit's Fucked Up'. Jones passed after completing just one recording, 'At The Hospital', though the rest of the band pushed on and eventually found themselves with an album worth of tracks. 

The resulting album, Still Here, is set for release next year, though the group maintain this is not Beasts of Bourbon, as the band cannot exist without Jones, who was one of just two consistent members of the band, along with Perkins. Instead, the members have dubbed themselves The Beasts for the forthcoming album and subsequent tour, both of which can be expected in February next year. 

Check out The Beasts' tour dates below: 

Thursday February 21, Theatre Royal, Castlemaine

Friday February 22, Prince Bandroom, St Kilda 

Saturday February 23, Croxton Bandroom, Northcote

Friday March 1, The Northern, Byron Bay

Saturday March 2, The Triffid, Brisbane 

Thursday March 7, ANU. Canberra 

Friday March 8, Metro Theatre, Sydney

Saturday March 9, Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle

Thursday March 14, Rock Rover, Fremantle

Friday March 15, Rosemount Hotel, Perth

Saturday March 16, Rosemount Hotel, Perth

Sunday March 17, The Gov, Adelaide

Still Here is due for release on Friday February 15, 2019 via BANG! Records. Tickets for The Beast's tour are on sale from 9am AEDT on Friday November 30 via Premier Artists.