After numerous releases, national and international touring, Melbourne’s Laura Palmer have recently announced that they are calling it a day after four years of action.

The band has scheduled a couple of final shows in Sydney and Melbourne over the coming weeks to bid farewell.

You can catch them one last time at The Record Crate in Glebe on Friday 21st July with The Cutaways, Wasters, Batfoot and Angus and Julia Stoned. Then Saturday 22nd July at Brighton up Bar in Sydney with Black Heart Breakers, Raised as Wolves and Crash and the Crapenters.

The hometown farewell is locked in for Saturday August 5th at The Old Bar Melbourne with The Cutaways, Body Parts, Joe Guiton and the Suicide Tuesdays and some special guests still TBA.

Laura Palmer most recently released the ‘All The Way‘ EP at the end of 2016.

The band formed in Mid 2013 and released their debut EP in early 2014 and quickly began touring Australia, The US and Europe playing alongside many of their favorite bands and partying with anyone who would have them.

Read some words from Niam from the band below.

Niam here, bear with me here a moment, take a seat, put the kettle on, and settle in for a nice long rant. Laura Palmer is finished, we are playing some last shows (two in Sydney and one in Melbourne) with some of our favorite bands.

This band has meant a lot to me over the last four years, sometimes everything, it has been a constant emotional roller coaster, allowing me to experience some of the highest highs and the lowest lows, and a constant of my life in Melbourne, I am extremely proud of what we have managed to achieve, many times against seemingly insurmountable odds.

Music is a great tool in fighting depression, I wrote most of the songs for the first EP after I was forced to move back in with my parents in New Zealand after an epic three month US tour and a brief stint in England, followed by a failed attempt to move to Melbourne. I was 29, homeless, jobless, very very broke, heartbroken and defeated, I strummed the acoustic like some type of middle class folk wannabe while my parents were at work – It was extremely cathartic, I walked the steep hills and roads around their house in the country blasting the Menzingers, somehow trying to make sense of the absolute shit show my life had become.

I had rolled the dice and lost, bet on a gruelling three month US tour, and a big love. I had lost my sanity, health and dignity in the process, in short, I was not a well man, I can definitely look back and laugh (hmm, kind of) and I’m glad that experience inspired me to continue writing music.
Upon returning to Melbourne I tried to put together a band, it seemed to take forever but we managed to pull it all together and record an EP to be proud of, surprisingly this opened a lot of doors for us, offers to tour overseas, play the Fest and more. We nailed some of them and totally destroyed other opportunities, For a band that didn’t even have a proper full length out touring Europe, heading to the US twice, and playing the Fest festivals is something we were very lucky to be able to do, and I am very grateful for that.

On the second US run playing a near headline spot at High Dive after losing half our band was a dream, thanks Freddy Fudd Pucker for filling in last minute – that was a victory, who would have thought, fuck, so many great times, friends made, and memories to last a lifetime, or at least until it all becomes one hazy foggy dream.

My favourite Australian experience would have to be with The Slow Death, how we didn’t kill each with booze and rants is beyond me, what a great bunch of people. We have played with a lot of great Australian bands, and met a lot of great people who keep the scene ticking over behind the scenes and we are very grateful, WE LOVE MUSIC.

Thanks to my partner in crime Stuey for being there through pretty much everything, Benny at Klownhouse Tours, Tony at THE FEST for allowing us some great opportunities, everyone who stuck with us through thick and thin and anyone who enjoyed the music, partied with us, put on a show, put us up and came out. I am really looking forward to catching up with some mates and playing these last shows with two of my oldest and best friends.

Of course this is is the last time we will play these songs but not the end of our musical endeavours, “Like sand through the hourglass, these are the days of our lives.”

Looking forward to seeing everyone who can make it to the shows for one last party.

Much love,
Niam

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