The return of Lush
February 24, 2016 6:43 PM   Subscribe

 
Last seen at the September 4th 1992 Lollapalooza show in New Orleans. Wouldn't mind seeing them again but looks like I will have travel farther.
posted by grimjeer at 7:26 PM on February 24, 2016 [1 favorite]


Fantastic - a real return to form
posted by Otherwise at 7:28 PM on February 24, 2016 [1 favorite]


Yay, Lush is back! And with a dispatch from the 90s, apparently. Sometimes it is thrilling when individual artists evolve with music as a whole; in this case it's equally as exciting to hear something that's so nostalgic. Very evocative video as well.
posted by capricorn at 7:29 PM on February 24, 2016 [1 favorite]


Could have been a track on Spooky, and that's a good thing. Nice to know the chorus pedal survived.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 7:35 PM on February 24, 2016 [1 favorite]


The video is so starkly real, and can and will be interpreted in a million joyful and bitter ways, and the music is so ethereal and of a time and place long gone... but that time and place still has people living in it. Making music that is essential and intense and transformative. There will be humans as old as the actors in the video who will hear this, and be transported from childhood to someplace new and strange. They will assume it's by people who are not in their 40's-50's.

We live in weird times. I like it.
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:39 PM on February 24, 2016 [7 favorites]


i made out with my dude in bed for 10 minutes before watching this video and suddenly his 40 year old self is sent back to the 90s. it's like magic.
posted by nadawi at 7:50 PM on February 24, 2016 [6 favorites]


(Ummm - that last link, you may want to skip to the very end where he shows off his Future Funk video before taking his sneering sarcasm too seriously. Teenagers are doing things this amazing.)
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:55 PM on February 24, 2016


Last seen at the September 4th 1992 Lollapalooza show in New Orleans.

I saw them in 1992 in the rain at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver. They changed my life. Miki Berenyi had pink hair. She was so sexy. Next up where the Jesus and Mary Chain. Jim Reid was wasted but it was a good show.

It was a crappy summer. I was living away from home in Whistler. I had hope to get a construction job, but everything was put on hold, so I lived in Legoland at Oliver Chair, up from the Husky Station, working the breakfast shift with the boss at Pete's Underground.

Hitching down to Vancouver to catch shows was the only good part about that summer, and Lush changed my world.

I'm going to see them at the Commodore in April. It's going to be awesome.
posted by My Dad at 9:39 PM on February 24, 2016 [6 favorites]


I watch that Future Funk video every once in a while because it's so awesome. And I say that as someone who actually likes Future Funk.

Re: Lush. I think I'm the only person on the planet who quite liked Lush's last album, and my favourite songs of theirs have always been the more upbeat ones, so Out of Control is a little lacking in energy for my tastes. Still hopeful for the new EP, though. I mean, as late as 2014, Miki Berenyi was still conflicted about the prospect of a reunion and they had plenty of quite understandable reasons to never come back to the band. I never expected a reunion to happen at all, let alone new material, so I'll take anything and everything I can get.
posted by chrominance at 10:58 PM on February 24, 2016 [1 favorite]


Miki Berenyi was still conflicted about the prospect of a reunion

It sounds like the management and labels' greed for huge success destroyed the band, which certainly is not a new story. It reminds me of the mentality which denigrates anything that doesn't make a billion dollars as a "lifestyle business".
posted by thelonius at 1:07 AM on February 25, 2016


Out of Control might just be one of the best songs in the whole shoegaze genre. As someone who keeps up with contemporary bands playing in that style, it doesn't sound like a 90s throwback to me. It's here, it's now and we should be very, very grateful that a song as beautiful as this exists.
posted by Sonny Jim at 1:08 AM on February 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


That shot at 3.19, with one bird flying in the opposite direction to the thousands in the murmuration—how long did they have to shoot to get that? It's extraordinary and so perfect.
posted by Hogshead at 2:28 AM on February 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Ha, I remembered what video this reminded me of.

sorry for the fuzzbox blue
posted by thelonius at 2:36 AM on February 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


By shoegazey coincidence, the first High Violets album since 2010 is also coming out in April.
posted by D.C. at 3:21 AM on February 25, 2016 [3 favorites]


In further 4AD news, Belly is reuniting, and they have new songs on the pipeline.
posted by pxe2000 at 6:59 AM on February 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


Swoonworthy music. Marvelous shots of those swooping birds. The Blacula t-shirt was extra-delicious gravy.
posted by Dr. Wu at 7:44 AM on February 25, 2016


I saw Lush open up for Ride in Detroit in I think 1990. One of the greatest shoegazer shows I've ever seen. 4AD should have its own wing in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.
posted by spicynuts at 9:10 AM on February 25, 2016 [3 favorites]


It sounds like the management and labels' greed for huge success destroyed the band, which certainly is not a new story. It reminds me of the mentality which denigrates anything that doesn't make a billion dollars as a "lifestyle business".

Yeah, that plus Chris Acland dying, which seemed to crush everyone involved but especially Berenyi. From that Guardian interview, it seemed like she was still into being a band and trying to convince Anderson to stay on board until Acland's suicide.
posted by chrominance at 9:17 AM on February 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Man, that photo of Berenyi circa 1992 in the Guardian article is soooo 1990's... All the young women dressed like that back in the summertime... It takes me back to being young then and sets my heart a'flutter.
posted by My Dad at 2:42 PM on February 25, 2016


Thanks, but I couldn't finish watching it. I had the same painful nostalgia bubbling up as when I finished Freaks and Geeks. It's a feeling that hurts and pleases at the same time, but best experienced in small doses.
posted by Captain Fetid at 2:43 PM on February 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


In sad news, still no Cocteau Twins reunion on the cards.

(But, damn, this really could have come from Spooky. I wonder if they're going to dabble in some of their poppier stuff from Lovelife too.)
posted by Mezentian at 12:18 AM on February 26, 2016


My god. It's like they never stopped. This is really good... it's making neurons fire that haven't fired in quite some time.
posted by MysticMCJ at 11:58 AM on February 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'm so thrilled by this. Awaiting mail delivery of tickets for the 9/18 show in Chicago and the new EP. It's so hard to wait.
posted by brokeaspoke at 12:22 PM on February 26, 2016


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