22nd June | Lloyds Amphitheatre, Harbourside
Echoing down the decades this Friday night at the Harbourside as part of the Skyline summer series will be three very different but distinctive UK bands whose music has influenced and spurred on many others.
The emotional clout and sparkling hooks of Echo and The Bunnymen have been chiming down the years from their heyday in the early 80s. Formed in 1978 with a debut at the legendary Eric’s club in their hometown, Liverpool, they have kept on going despite mainman and vocalist Ian McCullough leaving the band for ten years between 1987-1997, following the death of drummer Pete de Freitas in a motorbike accident. The band also split between 1993-1997.
The Bunnymen, who performed at the very first Womad festival in 1982, who have given us such great tunes like ‘The Cutter’, ‘Back Of Love’ and ‘Killing Moon’, and who still comprise McCullough and original guitarist Will Sergeant, now have 13 albums under their belt. Their emotional clout still resonates.
Also on this impressive bill are the coruscating feedback-laden power pop of The Jesus and Mary Chain. Abrasive and edgy when they emerged from the Glasgow underground in the early 80s, their gigs often marred by violence, they still carry on that flame: the eternal pop melody of their sound dripping with the Phil Spector/Velvet Underground/Beach Boys/Stooges/Joy Division/Punk influences and feel that made it so special initially. Brothers Jim and William Reed also separated for a while as their tensions grew so unbearable but since 2007 have put their sibling rivalries to good use again..
And lastly, but not leastly, we have the bass of Joy Division and New Order, Peter Hook, with his band The Light. Hooky may have lost favour with his old bandmates in NO – and ‘tis an abrasive fall-out indeed – but expect top renderings of New Order songs and his own heavily New Order-influenced material. Hooky’s unique bass sound and low-swung, feet apart posture adding to the experience…
All in all a good night of cutting edge and current nostalgia guaranteed….
See the video for Echo & the Bunnymen’s ‘The Killing Moon’ here: