A tribute to Morrissey ….
One the worlds most enigmatic performers and front man for the seminal band The Smiths, Morrissey spanning a 30 year career is brought back to life by Education in Reverse.
Education in Reverse pays the ultimate homage to the legendary British indie artist Morrissey and his band The Smiths in a finely crafted tribute show, with front man Matt Downey nuances and whimsical delivery, channeling Morrissey so convincingly from his era-perfect style to Maldonado’s Morrissey-inspired coif, the show will not fail to satisfy even the most rigorous Smiths purists, leaving fans to wonder “How Soon Is Now” in regards to their future tour dates. Well the time is here with Education in Reverse announcing they will be playing four dates across Australian capital cities this coming July.
Formed this year in March, after reading that Morrissey’s debut solo album was thirty years old and being lifelong fans, several mates from the thriving music scene in Sydney in the 1990s, came together to have a conversation about creating homage to one of their mentors. Five friends, who thirty years ago all lived within walking distance to each other in Surry Hills and frequented all the Brit Pop clubs of the past, who have now moved on to various areas of Australia to make happy families.
On the 14th of March 1988, Morrissey released his debut album complete with it’s lead singles Suedehead and Everyday is like Sunday. Barely 6 months after the release of the final Smiths album, Strangeways Here We Come. Education in Reverse was not the original original title of the album, but EMI Australia considered Viva Hate to be too hash for the local release.
Thirty years on and eleven studio albums later, Morrissey has come with as much controversy as success and it seems appropriate that someone pay tribute to this enigmatic character.
“We expect fans will be singing every word back to us”, says Downey. “By the time Education in Reverse unleashes themselves on stage, with schooners spilling and bunches of wilting chrysanthemums getting waved about, it will be like a Morrissey version of the Pub Choir.”
A visual accompaniment will further celebrate a giant of the medium whose image is as recognisable as his voice.
Expect a significant queue of quiffs, flowery shirts and denim dressed hipsters filing into venues in July this year … expect a few receding hairlines with dodgy ponytails and vintage leather jackets seeking nostalgia in the utmost musical reverence of Morrissey and The Smiths. Education in Reverse get set to charm fans in a live visual tribute to the man and the myth as controversial as he is brilliant.
Thursday July 5th, 2018
The Bloodhound Bar, Brisbane, QLD
454 Brunswick Street, The Valley
Saturday July 7th, 2018
The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204
Friday July 13th, 2018
Yah Yah’s, Melbourne, VIC
99 Smith St, Fitzroy VIC
Saturday July 14, 2018
Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
181 Hindley St, Adelaide SA