April 13, 2000 17:44

LONE BUNNYMAN BREEDS SOLO TUNES

Guitarist [a]Will Sergeant[/a] goes it alone...

LONE BUNNYMAN BREEDS SOLO TUNES
Echo And The Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant is following the example of singer Ian McCulloch by concentrating on his solo career as his band take a break.

Sergeant is set to release at least three solo works this year, kicking off with the 'Grind Remix EP' on May 8 through Ochre records.

The EP stems from an album 'Themes For Grind' which first appeared in 1982 on Will's own 92 Happy Customers label.

Formerly deleted, it was reissued in 1997 and saw long time Grind fans, Andrew Weatherall and Keith Tenniswood of Two Lone Swordsman, approach Sergeant offering to remix tracks. One of these resultant tracks appears on the 12'' alongside a remix by Liverpool's The Mindwinder and two further album tracks.

Weatherall is said to have already made it a constant of his set.

Of considerable interest to those who follow the post punk movement in Liverpool is the news that Sergeant's 'Weird As Fish' album will finally see an official release. Only seven copies were ever run-off by Sergeant in 1978 and were passed to contemporaries such as Julian Cope and Bill Drummond, laterly of KLF. Described by Sergeant as 'dark noodling' it will be available in mid-autumn.

Between times an album under another of Sergeant's working name's, Glide, will also be released through Ochre Records.

'Performance' will appear on June 12 featuring a live Glide show from last November plus two other tracks, one of which clocks in at 33 minutes.

As reported in this week's NME (Aril 15) both Sergeant and McCulloch have recently been recording together and hope to release a new Bunnymen EP by June.

McCulloch is presently in New York working through initial sessions with Fun Lovin' Criminals for their collaborative album.
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