Feb 2007 at The Gov'
Calexico Announce Australian Tour : February/March ‘07
We are very pleased to announce the long awaited return to Australia of CALEXICO which will see them bring their excellent live show to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Fans of Calexico have learnt to expect the unexpected from Tucson, Arizona residents Joey Burns and John Convertino who started the band in 1996.
Each of the markedly different albums they have released in their 10 year career have achieved cult status and earned them the utmost respect and recognition from both their peers and their fans.

From their dusty, lo-fi debut Spoke (1996) to the noir-infused dramatic power of The Black Light (1998), the breakthrough, mariachi madness of Hot Rail (2000), to their hugely successful Feast of Wire (2003) to their brightest and most recent release Garden Ruin (2006) they have forged a precious and unpredictable musical path.
A little Calexico catch-up since they last toured Australia in late 2003 as the special guests of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and played a couple of their own fabulous shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
In early 2004, Calexico brought out a live DVD, taken from a stellar performance at the Barbican in London, while the past couple of years has seen the duo contributing songs and collaborating with Nancy Sinatra, Laura Cantrell, Neko Case on her forthcoming album for ANTI-, Gotan Project’s new album, wrote the music to Marianne Dissard’s French lyrics for her new album (Marianne previously sang on Hot Rail’s ‘The Battle of Cable Hogue’).
John Convertino released a solo album, Ragland, while sundry other Calexico dalliances include appearing as the bar band in the Michael Mann film Collateral (starring Tom Cruise), performing at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005, and perhaps most significantly, completing the In The Reins EP with Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam, which saw the two groups pair up and tour the US throughout the latter half of 2005 (alongside the likes of James Mercer from The Shins & M Ward). Naturally, Garden Ruin is informed by all these recent developments and it’s the record where CALEXICO fill those dusty, empty landscapes they documented with a big, big sound…
The Calexico line up is now very different to their beginnings and John and Joey bring to Australia the incredible band they have gathered around them to deliver the full Calexico experience.– fellow Tucson inhabitant Jacob Valenzuela (keys/trumpet/vibes), Germans Martin Wenk (accordion/guitar/synth/trumpet/vibes) and Volker Zander (upright & electric bass) and Lambchop pedal steel player Paul Niehaus (pedal steel & guitar).