Ten years ago, Brett Newski found himself living in Saigon, Vietnam. While touring SE Asia, he met Durban folk-punk singer Matt Vend at a show in Bangkok. The two collaborated on an EP and toured South Africa together in 2012. Disaster ensued, as the car broke down and both men got punishing food poisoning on day four, leading to cancelled shows and a financially tumultuous tour. However, the tour sustained many victories and Newski’s obsession with South Africa was cemented, leading him to seven more visits.
Ten years later and Brett Newski returns for a co-headline tour with good friend and South African folk punk protagonist Jon Shaban.
14th January – M-Pire Music – Doors 18h30 / Show 20h00
15th January – Folk Cafe – Doors 15h00 / Show 16h00
29th January – Sowaar Bar – Doors 19h00 / Show 20h00
30th January – Hell’s Kitchen – Doors 13h00 / Show 14h00
Brett Newski’s first batch of solo recordings “In Between Exits” was recorded in makeshift studios in Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong and the Philippines. CD copies of the album found its way to South Africa via Matt Vend, where fans of the indie-underground copied handfuls of bootleg copies and passed it around, garnering a small cult following. The 10-year anniversary edition of the album is available Jan 21.
Coming off recent collaborations with Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws, Barenaked Ladies co-founder Steven Page, and Brian Vander Ark of the Verve Pipe, 90’s influenced alt-rock outfit BRETT NEWSKI & the No Tomorrow launches eight new tracks, a soundtrack to his book titled “It’s Hard to be a Person: Defeating Anxiety Surviving the World and Having More Fun.” Order the book here.
Brett has been featured on Rolling Stone, NPR, American Songwriter, SiriusXM, Boston Globe, Paste and SPIN. He has played alongside acts like Pixies, Violent Femmes, Courtney Barnett, Manchester Orchestra, Better than Ezra & New Pornographers. He continues to tour over 100 dates per year.
Newski’s podcast Dirt from the Road dives into the strangest travel stories, mental health boosts, and how to navigate the hurdles of being a person in modern times. Guests include The Lumineers, All American Rejects, Dashboard Confessional, Guster, Heartless Bastards, Verve Pipe, Toad the Wet Sprocket and Frank Turner. Listen here.
Feature pic courtesy of Cortney Armitage.