Brendan B Brown / Guitar & Vocal.
Matthew Milligan / Bass.
Brandon Ticer / Keyboards.
Leo Freire / Drums.
Joey Slater / Backing Vocal.
Gabrielle Sterbenz / Backing Vocal.
Karlie Bruce / Backing Vocal.
It's hard to believe Wheatus are just one year away from the 20th anniversary of their debut album and still ubiquitous single "Teenage Dirtbag.” Yes, that’s right - Dirtbag is currently in its final year as a teenager. What happens when the song ends its adolescence remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure: come 2020, Wheatus will release a new and expanded edition of their now classic debut album, in conjunction with a world tour. Says Brendan B Brown, “We found demos of about 10 songs written alongside the tracks that made the album, but they didn’t get finished. Looking at them now, they feel surprisingly fresh and deserving of a proper chance to be heard. So we’ll have a brand new 20-song version of our album on its 20th anniversary… and that all happens in 2020.”
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves… 2019 is anything but a holiday for Wheatus. The band will spend February and March doing a coast-to-coast, almost entirely sold-out tour of America opening for (and then collaborating with) Mike Doughty on his Ruby Vroom 25th Anniversary shows. That tour culminates in a super special hometown headline show where the “classic” line-up of Wheatus will reunite for one night only… their first time on stage together in 18 years. A few short days after that, the current line-up flies to South Africa for some festivals, and then make the short journey to The Netherlands to begin a ridiculously dense tour of the EU and UK.
The remainder of the year will be spent working on the aforementioned re-release of album 1, finishing their 7th full-length album (all the while keeping their fans up to date on the process at patreon.com/wheatus) and getting ready for a somehow even busier 2020. No rest for the wicked, indeed.