The Schizophonics Announce Their First New Zealand Tour


The wild, gyrating, and down-right gymnastic, guitarist Pat Beers is joined by his wife Lety on drums and bass player Blake Lindquist ... and yes, Beers is their real name.
By day Pat is a high school music teacher but at night once strapping on that guitar he becomes a man possessed.

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The Schizophonics are, in one word, EXPLOSIVE. Their frenzied live performances tap into the same unstoppable combination of rock ‘n’ roll energy and showmanship that fueled the MC5 in the heyday of the Grande Ballroom. When they hit the stage, they grab your attention and don’t let go. They’ve built up a formidable reputation in their home base of San Diego and a fervent following among locals. “One of my favourite live bands ever!” proclaims Tim Mays, who has run the Casbah for over 25 years and seen literally thousands of live bands come through his doors in that time. “The Schizophonics bring the goods every time they play,” he enthuses.

Pat Beers is like a cross between Jimi Hendrix and James Brown – yelping, wailing, shralping the guitar with his left hand while gyrating all over the place; and Lety keeps it real behind the kit.

But the Schizophonics are more than just an outstanding live act, they’re also committed to writing great, memorable songs, a skill singer/guitarist Pat Beers has continued to hone, channelling such influences as Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Sonics, the Stooges, the MC5, James Brown, and Little Richard.

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Pat and Lety Beers

Pat and drummer Lety Beers first met in Casa Grande, Arizona, before pulling up stakes and moving to San Diego in 2008. They formed the Schizophonics the following year, and have worked tirelessly since then, playing literally hundreds of live shows up and down the West Coast, and further afield. A 2013 tour of Spain with El Vez – who had recruited them as his backing group – resulted in the group’s first record release, a three-song 7” EP on the Munster label. In December 2014 they took their act to an arena-sized venue for 91X’s Wrex the Halls concert, on a bill that also included Billy Idol, Spoon, Cage the Elephant, and Interpol.
In 2017 they released their first album entitled In Mono on the Sympathy For The Record Industry label and are currently working on a new album.

Not for the faint-hearted.  
Tickets available for all shows from 9am today NZ time except where noted *
Friday 24th May  Auckland at Whammy  pre sales $22 early bird until April 30th 
Saturday 25th May Raglan at The Yot Club  pre sales $22 
Sunday 26th May Tauranga at Under The Tauranga Harbour Bridge at 2pm  *speak to Austin 
Tuesday 28th May Dunedin at The Cook  pre sales $22 
Wednesday 29th May Christchurch at Space Academy  *special show details forthcoming 
Thursday 30th May Whanganui at Lucky pre sales $22 
Friday 31st May Wellington at Caroline * Tix from Just The Ticket
Saturday 1st June Hastings at The Common Room pre sales $22 
Sunday 2nd June Gisborne at Smash Palace  pre sales $22 
Written By: Radio13