About The ShowCity Winery Washington DC presents New Zealand rock band The Chills live in concert on Monday November 14 at 7:30 PM. Formed in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1980, The Chills gained deserved acclaim for their early singles including Pink Frost, I Love My Leather Jacket and Wet Blanket, released by legendary New Zealand indie label Flying Nun.
The songwriting skills, vision and determination of front-man Martin Phillipps provides continuity in The Chills across the decades, through a series of line-up changes and tragedies, many international tours, and several label changes. Martin’s perseverance is inspirational and his ability to maintain a hold on his vision despite life’s obstacles has enabled him to grow and add depth to his already great song writing. The Chills have a large and loyal cult following around the world built on the strength of their recording and live shows in over 40 countries – including being only the third band from the West to play in East Germany in 1987. There have also been numerous festival appearances including Glastonbury, Primavera and SXSW.
Although The Chills have famously been through many personnel changes, the current line-up has been in place, more or less, for longer than most rock bands survive. This line-up provides the stability and musical competence that enables Martin to build on his legacy, and continue to write, record and perform his impressive collection of songs.
The Chills' history and Martin’s life story had begun being documented by filmmaker Julia Parnell of Notable Pictures. In the film, “The Chills; The triumph and tragedy of Martin Phillipps”, Martin provides a candid account of his roller-coaster musical career and his demons, which can be interpreted as a testament to the power of the creative urge in overcoming adversity. The film was released in March 2019 to much critical acclaim.