Pulp premiered tracks from their new album ‘This Is Hardcore’ at an exclusive party at London’s Park Lane Hilton Hotel on Wednesday night (March 25).
Playing live with a full line-up for the first time since the V96 Festival and now minus founder member Russell Senior, the band played six new songs, ‘The Fear’, ‘Dishes’, ‘Party Hard’, ‘Help The Aged’, ‘Seductive Barry’ and ‘This Is Hardcore’ in the Window On The World Piano Bar suite on the top floor of the plush London hotel.
Longpigs guitarist Richard Hawley (pictured behind Jarvis Cocker, above) played guitar alongside regular lead guitarist Mark Webber for the gig, although he is not thought to be joining the band permanently. Bassist Steve Mackey also made a departure from his regular job and took to record decks during ‘Seductive Barry’. Beforehand, a specially-commissioned short film, which featured an appearance from artist Tracey Emin was screened.
Stars in the invited 400-plus audience included Supergrass drummer Danny Goffey, Neil Hannon of Divine Comedy, Donna Mathews and Justin Welsh from Elastica, Massive Attack, Emma Anderson (ex-Lush), Prodigy’s Leeroy, model Sophie Dahl and TV presenters Zoe Ball, Sara Cox and Jamie Theakston.
Neil Hannon was stunned by Pulp’s performance, telling NME: “It was amazing! For such a huge band to be able to carry off new songs in a very small place, and before such a small cross-section of people, and to make it sound still so huge and ambitious, was great. That’s the sign of true professionals. I’m their biggest fan now!” The invitations requested guests to dress in black and pink.