Newly-reunited shoegaze act Lush performed live together for the first time in two decades last night (April 11) in London.
The band announced their return last autumn and are duo to play bigger UK shows later this month and into May.
First, they reunited for a warm-up gig at London’s 375 capacity Oslo venue. Their last live show had taken place in Tokyo during September 1996.
Members Emma Anderson, Miki Berenyi and Phil King reunited, with Elastica’s Justin Welch playing drums in the place of Chris Acland, who died in 1996.
Watch the band play ‘De-Luxe’, ‘Hypocrite’, ‘For Love’ and ‘Ladykillers’ in the fan-shot footage below.
Lush played the following songs:
‘Light From a Dead Star’
‘Out of Control’
‘Sweetness and Light’
‘Leaves Me Cold’
Lush have also revealed their first new music since 1996. ‘Out of Control’ is the opening track from a new EP ‘Blind Spot’, which will be released this week (April 15) via 4AD.
Singer Miki Berenyi has talked about the recording of the EP in a press release accompanying the track, saying: “It certainly took some time to set up, but once we were in the studio, everything came together incredibly quickly. It was great fun! It’s been a long time since I’ve written Lush lyrics, and I realised early on with this EP that what I wrote about then is not what I feel comfortable writing about now. My perspective, and what is close to my heart, has changed, and I think that’s conveyed in the songs.”
Lush formed in London in 1987, releasing their acclaimed debut ‘Spooky’ in 1992. Their last live show took place in Tokyo during September 1996.
Lush will play the following UK live dates:
Manchester, Academy (April 30)
London, Roundhouse (May 6-7)