The Chills to release first full-length in 19 years via Fire Records

The Chills to release first full-length in 19 years via Fire Records

The Chills, the legendary New Zealand purveyors of devastating pop, announced their first full-length album in 19 years. Silver Bullets will come out October 30 via the ultra-cool Fire Records, who also released the band’s The BBC Sessions. You can preview the first single, “America Says Hello,” below.

Silver Bullets was recorded at Albany Street Studios in the band’s hometown of Dunedin, New Zealand. Led by Martin Phillipps and formed in 1980, the band were a favorite of John Peel, for whom they did several live sessions. After a US tour in the early 1990s to promote Soft Bomb, the band disbanded, not releasing a new album till 1996’s Sunburnt, which featured a new lineup. Since that time, The Chills have been playing live, released a mini-album, and put out a handful of live EPs for Fire and Far South.

Phillipps will be journeying to Europe for a run of live solo dates, and a full band tour is planned for 2016. The Chills are Martin Phillipps (guitar/vocals), James Dickson (bass/backing vocals), Todd Knudson (drums/backing vocals), Erica Stichbury (violin/backing vocals) and Oli Wilson (keyboards/backing vocals).

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