TISM drop first single in two decades with ‘I’ve Gone Hillsong’, tease headline shows

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TISM drop first single in two decades with ‘I’ve Gone Hillsong’, tease headline shows

Words by Staff Writer

On Friday 1st December, TISM release I’ve Gone Hillsong, their first new single in 20 years.

In a seismic return to the music scene, TISM has unleashed their latest earworm, ‘I’ve Gone Hillsong’, marking their first single in a whopping 20 years. The iconic Aussie collective surprised fans on Friday, 1st December, with the release, accompanied by the promise of three electrifying East Coast shows in early 2024.

“I’ve Gone Hillsong” is not just a song; it’s a TISM masterpiece that weaves together the bizarre worlds of the poo-jogger, Italian terrorism, and a former PM.

Alongside the single, the band revealed they’ll be making a triumphant return to the stage, teasing three headline shows along the East Coast in early 2024.

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In the vibrant landscape of Australian popular music, TISM stands alone. With their irreverent mix of the profound and profane, the masked and pseudonymous collective infiltrated the mainstream charts in the ’90s, leaving an indelible mark on the era. Recognized for their dark humour, sarcastic delivery, and melodic songwriting, TISM’s impact goes beyond their music, encompassing memorable live shows and media appearances that bordered on urban myth.

After disappearing without warning in 2004, TISM made a triumphant return 18 years later at the 2022 Good Things Festival, claiming every performance as a comeback. Their catalogue, filled with references to literature, music, and Australian rules football, remains a testament to their enduring legacy in Australian music history.

They developed and enjoyed a large following throughout the 1980s and 1990s, issuing a number of singles, albums, videos, and a book (The TISM Guide to Little Aesthetics). Backed by the successful singles (He’ll Never Be An) Ol’ Man River and Greg! The Stop Sign!!, their third album, Machiavelli and the Four Seasons, reached the Australian national top 10 in 1995, won Best Independent Release at that year’s ARIA Music Awards, and was certified Gold in January 1996.

How this unassuming Melbourne music professional came to manage TISM in the 1980s

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