New Zealand alt-pop act The Chills will celebrate its 30th anniversary later this month with a special one-off concert at the site of the band’s Nov. 15, 1980, live debut — plus, the group plans to release a limited-edition retrospective live album with two “rudimentary” recordings from that first concert.
Still led by Martin Phillipps — the only constant in the band’s ever-revolving lineup — the current incarnation of The Chills will perform Nov. 27 at Coronation Hall in Dunedin, N.Z. According to the band, “In keeping with that era, the show is going to be an old-fashioned matinee event” starting at 2:30 p.m. — and there sill be “a very, very special surprise.”
Additionally, the band — probably best known for its singles “Pink Frost” and “Heavenly Pop Hit” (see videos below) — will release a special 30th anniversary live album to be sold on CD at the Dunedin concert and digitally via DunedinMusic.com and iTunes. Although a tracklist hasn’t been revealed, the set will include “Motels and Cars” and “I Saw Your Silhouette” from the 1980 gig, plus “a selection of unreleased live tracks.”
See video of The Chills after the jump…