Crowded House has returned with a new single, “Whatever You Want.” The upbeat track marks the group’s first release since reforming last year and their first new music in over a decade. Alongside the song, the band shared a video starring offbeat singer-songwriter, Mac DeMarco.
The witty visual for “Whatever You Want” – which finds DeMarco making his debut as an actor – was directed by Bosnian-Canadian musician and filmmaker Nina Ljeti, who has previously collaborated with the likes of Marina Abramović, Phoebe Bridgers, Wallows, and Soko.
In addition to dropping their latest single today, Crowded House also announced a March tour of their native New Zealand. The ten-date “To The Island” run kicks off March 4th in Hamilton and concludes March 20th in New Plymouth. The newly-reconfigured group had previously planned to perform across the UK this year but were forced to postpone the tour, amid the pandemic.
Presale for the “To The Island” tour begins November 4, with general sales launching November 5. For more information, visit the band’s official website.
“We are thrilled and highly energized to be touring NZ in March,” said frontman Neil Finn in a statement. “The shows will be a joyous occasion for us, with all the songs from our history that still resonate, some new music to unveil, and our home crowds to share all that with…feeling truly blessed.”
Crowded House, which originally formed in 1985, and reformed in 2006, following a ten-year hiatus, released their sixth studio album, Intriguer, in 2010. The acclaimed album, which topped the charts in Australia, was praised by the likes of the BBC and Britain’s The Times as one of their best efforts to date.
While the band announced an indefinite hiatus in 2016, founding members Neil Finn and Nick Seymour reunited last year, adding longtime producer Mitchell Froom to the lineup, in addition to Finn’s sons Liam and Elroy.
“To The Island” New Zealand Tour Dates 2021
March 4 – Hamilton – Claudelands Arena
March 6 – Napier – Church Road Winery
March 8 – Nelson – Trafalgar Centre
March 10 – Christchurch – Christchurch Arena
March 11 – Dunedin – Town Hall
March 13 – Queenstown – Gibbston Valley
March 15 – Wellington – TSB Bank Arena
March 17 – Palmerston North – Regent Theatre
March 19 – Auckland – Spark Arena
March 20 – New Plymouth – Bowl Of Brooklands