Andy Falkous on Mclusky reunion: ‘My price would be £200,000 – to cover the self-respect I’d lose’

Cult Welsh bands reunite for one night to save Newport's Le Pub

Defunct bands Mclusky and Jarcrew have discussed their one-off live reunions set to take place later this month.

The cult Welsh outfits – who both split in 2005 – will reunite at an upcoming benefit show for threatened Newport venue Le Pub.

Speaking in the new issue of NME, on shelves and available digitally now, Mclusky frontman Andy Falkous said: “I’ve always said my price for a proper Mclusky reunion would be £200,000 for just me – to cover the self-respect I’d lose.” Instead, Falkous is playing for charity, helping to raise money towards the £10,000 target needed to soundproof the venue, which has been recently hit by a series of noise complaints.

“Le Pub is part of an ecosystem of venues,” says Falkous, now frontman of Future Of The Left.

Ammanford’s Jarcrew, meanwhile, will act as support at the show on November 8, with a line-up that includes all six members from their various past line-ups. “We hadn’t spoken to our original bassist [Ben Milner] since he was replaced in 2004, but we have both him and his replacement playing together,” says singer Kelson Mathais.

“Logistically, it’s a nightmare to get everybody together. We’re scattered throughout Wales,” Mathais told NME. “It’s just trying to keep things harmonious because this will be the only chance we’ll have to do this.”

Mclusky and Jarcrew will also play an additional benefit show at Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach later this month. Read more in this week’s NME.

The two bands will play:
Newport Le Pub (November 8)
Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach (15)