Last week we heard that INXS were marking the band’s 40th anniversary, and 30 years since the release of their seminal record Kick, by releasing a special remastered version that makes the most of newer half-speed mastering techniques (and Dolby Atmos tech) to bring you closer to the band than ever before.
Now, the band have announced a special one-off event in Sydney to show the new album off, featuring the band’s lead songwriter Andrew Farriss and Grammy-winning producer Giles Martin giving an intimate Q+A, and letting local fans hear the new version of the record for the first time.
The gig will be taking place at Event Cinemas in George Street, Sydney on Tuesday October 24, with tickets on sale here this Friday October 13 at 11am.
The remastered three-disc edition of the album not only comes with an array of B-sides and bonus tracks, but features a special Dolby Atmos mix conducted by producers Giles Martin and Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios.
The mix, Martin explains, will make you feel like you’re right in among the band – especially if you’ve got a great surround sound setup, like the one at Event Cinema.
“You can hear this album like you’ve never-before,” he says. “You can hear Michael so close to you, you can hear his breath. You feel like you’re in the studio with the band.
“You have a record that’s 30 years old, but it’s been taken in a completely new direction and you can listen to it in a completely new way and it becomes new again. Great music and great songs, they don’t get old.”
Abbey Road’s “half-speed mastering pioneer” Miles Showell, who worked on the UK vinyl release of ‘Need You Tonight’ back in the day, is also cutting a half-speed remaster onto two 180g 45-RPM vinyl records – and there’s a limited edition red version on offer, too.
“Classic, fabulous pop songs that jump out of the speakers, now more than ever before!“ says Andrew Farriss. “The latest INXS vinyl cuts are an outstanding sonic achievement, especially the Kick album, I was truly amazed to hear INXS’ recordings sounding so incredibly fresh, clear and kick-ass, like vinyl on steroids…”
If you’re getting your Christmas shopping done in advance, you can preorder the album right here, and check out the teaser below.
We got to experience Kick in another new way last year, albeit a completely different one, when footage emerged of Courtney Barnett covering the album live and in full way back in 2012 – a pretty awesome find.