Echo And The Bunnymen
Last updated: 27th September 2012
Echo and The Bunnymen have announced an end-of-year homecoming show at the O2 Academy Liverpool on Saturday, 15th December. See the indie icons with their enigmatic and outspoke frontman, Ian McCulloch play songs off their stellar backcatalogue.
Liverpool, O2 Academy (Sat., 15th December 2012)
Don't miss this special concert and your chance to hear Echo and The Bunnymen perform their trademark tunes The Killing Moon, The Back of Love, Crocodiles and Nothing Lasts Forever alongside live favourites such as Over The Wall and Seven Seas, amongst the band's many other top tunes.
Alongside U2, Simple Minds and The Police, Echo and The Bunnymen were one of the hottest new rock acts that emerged out of the late 70’s British post-punk scene.
Never shy for big statements, the influential post-punks from Liverpool with Ian McCulloch on vocals announced their 4th album, “Ocean Rain” as “The Greatest Album Ever Recorded” and its single “The Killing Moon” as “The best song ever written.”
The album was indeed ambitious and a step forward from Echo and The Bunnymen’s previous, rougher, minimalistic post-punk style. The band’s sound expanded with the use of additional instruments and the aid of a 35-piece orchestra. The result was much rich, lush, almost ambient production at times.
“Ocean Rain” included the majestic, gloomy anthem “The Killing Moon.” The sing proved to be a big single success for the band, and has become the band’s trademark song and found new fans when it was included on the soundtrack of the 2001 blockbuster “Donnie Darko.”
Back in the late 70’s, Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant began recording demos with a drum machine, they referred to as ‘Echo’. They soon recruited bassist Les Pattinson, discarded ‘Echo’ and took on Pete de Freitas as the their drummer. Their first two albums, ‘Crocodiles’ and ‘Heaven Up Here’ were well received and by the time Echo And The Bunnymen released their third album ‘Porcupine’ the four Liverpudlian post-punks were well established with a huge dedicated fanbase. ‘Porcupine’ hit number two in the album charts in 1983 and lead single ‘The Cutter’ becoming one of the band’s key tunes.
But it was the follow-up, 1984’s Ocean Rain album, that many regard as Echo And The Bunnymen‘s all-time masterpiece. The single ‘The Killing Moon’ became a big hit for the band and is regarded as an all-time pop classic.
The next album, the self-titled 1987 ‘Echo and The Bunnymen,’ or often referred to as ‘The Grey Album’ due to Anton Corbjin’s iconic band cover photo, took 3 years to record and turned out to be the band’s last for many years.
Soon after its release drummer Pete De Freitas was tragically killed in a motorbike accident. This event only added to existing internal differences within the band and Ian McCulloch walked out of the band to pursue a short-lived solo career. The rest of the band continued with new singer but failed to convince their fans and disbanded soon after.
In the following years Ian McCulloch and Will Seargant took baby steps to work together again. The two formed new band Electrafixion, which showed influences of grunge and madchester but essentially sounded like their former band and it was much later that they realised how great Echo And The Bunnymen were and in 1996 Ian and Will reformed Echo And The Bunnymen and returned with ‘Evergreen,’ one of the best comeback albums.
The band have since released a number of albums, the most recent still being 2009’s ‘The Fountain,’ which has taken the rejuvenated Echo And The Bunnymen back on the road in the Uk and abroad.
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