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Echo & the Bunnymen
August 4, 2014
7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show | $27 | All Ages
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
“’80s new-wave legends Echo And The Bunnymen are still making grand, sweeping, dramatic anthems, and they’ve got an album full of them called Meteorites” Stereogum
April 22, 2014 Santa Monica, CA: Legendary Liverpool band Echo & the Bunnymen are announcing their return to the U.S. for a tour in support of their 12th studio album and first since 2009, Meteorites.
Produced by Youth (Killing Joke, The Verve), Meteorites contains ten hand-picked new songs written by founder Ian McCulloch and performed by Bunnymen stalwarts Mc Culloch and Will Sergeant along with Gordy Goudie (guitar) and Stephen Brannan (bass). The Bunnymen are releasing two singles-“Holy Moses” in the U.S. and “Lovers on the Run” in the UK. Described by Ian McCulloch as the worthy successor to Crocodiles, Heaven Up Here, Porcupine and Ocean Rain, Meteorites will be release in the UK on May 26th and the U.S. on June 3rd.
Formed in 1978, the Bunnymen have been a vital force in the indie rock world for over 36 years having won over millions of obsessive music fans worldwide and indelibly influenced countless bands with their signature sound-from the Flaming Lips to Coldplay to Pavement. Meteorites is a key addition to their repertoire. It’s an intimate song cycle written by Ian McCulloch performed by the band with a renewed sense of purpose showcasing all of their unmistakable musical hallmarks while taking them to a new level.
Says McCulloch: “For me, this is a whole new approach. It’s more edgy than anything I’ve ever done. I’m dealing with something on this record I didn’t want to deal with for a long time.”
Echo & the Bunnymen’s dark, swirling fusion of gloomy post-punk and Doors-inspired psychedelia brought the group a handful of British hits in the early ’80s, while attracting a cult following in the United States. The Bunnymen grew out of the Crucial Three, a late-’70s trio featuring vocalist Ian McCulloch, Pete Wylie, and Julian Cope. Cope and Wylie left the group by the end of 1977, forming the Teardrop Explodes and Wah!, respectively. McCulloch met guitarist Will Sergeant in the summer of 1978 and the pair began recording demos with a drum machine that the duo called “Echo.” Adding bassist Les Pattinson, the band made its live debut at the Liverpool club Eric’s at the end of 1978, calling itself Echo & the Bunnymen.
In March of 1979, the group released its first single, “Pictures on My Wall”/”Read It in Books,” on the local Zoo record label. The single and their popular live performances led to a contract with Korova. After signing the contract, the group discarded the drum machine, adding drummer Pete de Freitas. Released in the summer of 1980, their debut album, Crocodiles, reached number 17 on the U.K. charts. Shine So Hard, an EP released in the fall, became their first record to crack the U.K. Top 40. With the more ambitious and atmospheric Heaven Up Here (1981), the group began to gain momentum, thanks to positive reviews; it became their first U.K. Top Ten album. Two years later, Porcupine appeared, becoming the band’s biggest hit (peaking at number two on the U.K. charts) and launching the Top Ten single “The Cutter.”