Having announced their return in autumn of 2015, London shoegaze act Lush have revealed their first new music since 1996, ahead of a return to the live arena.
‘Out of Control’ is the opening track from a new EP ‘Blind Spot’, which will be released on April 15, via 4AD, ahead of three UK live shows – also a first since 1996 – due to take place in April and May.
Miki Berenyi 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.”
Listen to (and watch the video for) ‘Out of Control’ via YouTube, below:
At the time that the new EP was confirmed, the band talked about their feelings on such a long awaited return.
“I’m a bit anxious,” Emma Anderson is quoted as saying, “wondering if people will think the new record will be as good as the old.” However, bass player Phil King is confident: “I know I’m biased, but I work for a music magazine, and I heard music all day and so much sounds non-descript or derivative. But Emma just has this way of writing unusual chord changes that manage to weave lovely melodies over the top, and it immediately sounds like Lush.”
Lush formed in London in 1987, releasing their acclaimed debut ‘Spooky’ in 1992. Their last live show took place in Tokyo during September 1996.
Members Emma Anderson, Miki Berenyi and Phil King will reunite, with Elastica’s Justin Welch playing drums in the place of Chris Acland, who died in 1996.
Lush will play:
Manchester, Academy (April 30)
London, Roundhouse (May 6-7)