NEW ALBUM : ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN – RELEASE FIRST FOUR ALBUMS AVAILABLE ON VINYL | 22 OCTOBER

FIRST FOUR ALBUMS AVAILABLE ON VINYL | 22 OCTOBER

CROCODILES | HEAVEN UP HERE | PORCUPINE | OCEAN RAIN

UK TOUR | SPRING 2022 | TICKETS AVAILABLE here

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN are re-releasing their first four albums on vinyl on 22 October. Each of them will be available on 180g black vinyl from all music retailers, as well as limited edition coloured vinyl exclusively from Dig! – CROCODILES (Yellow) HEAVEN UP HERE (Blue) PORCUPINE (White) and OCEAN RAIN (Transparent Blue). Pre-order link: https://lnk.to/EchoandtheBunnymen_Vinyl

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN were formed in Liverpool in 1978 with Ian McCulloch on vocals and rhythm guitar, Will Sergeant on lead guitar and Les Pattinson on bass. They were soon joined by Pete De Freitas on drums and the rest, as they say, is history.

The band’s first release was the 7” single Pictures on My Wall with the B-side Read It in Books on Zoo Records in 1979. Pictures on My Wall would appear on their classic debut album Crocodiles in 1980. Released amidst the growing wave of post-punk, Crocodiles cemented the band’s reputation as one of the best around with the NME describing it as “probably the best album this year by a British band”. The album ultimately broke into the Top 20, finishing in many critics greatest ever debut album lists.

The Bunnymen followed the album with the release of the Shine So Hard EP in 1981, recorded live at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, before releasing their second studio album Heaven Up Here in the same year. It became the band’s first UK Top 10 album, winning the 1981 NME Best Album award in the process. Considered to be a slightly darker album, Heaven Up Here was produced by Hugh Jones and was well received by critics and fans alike, featuring tracks such as A Promise, Over the Wall and Show of Strength.

The band’s cult status was soon transformed into mainstream success in 1983 with the release of their third album Porcupine, produced by Ian Broudie. Porcupine provided their best chart performances, with The Cutter reaching #8 in the singles charts and Porcupine finishing #2 in the album charts before being certified Gold.

1984 brought the fourth studio album Ocean Rain, regarded by many as the band’s classic opus. Recorded in Liverpool and Paris, the band used a 35-piece orchestra with award winning composer Adam Peters scoring the strings. The iconic, atmospheric cover artwork was taken in the stunning Carnglaze Caverns in Cornwall by photographer Brian Griffin, who also shot their three previous album covers. Ocean Rain continued the band’s use of strings, creating a dark, ethereal aura. Three classic singles were released from the album – Silver, Seven Seas and the massive anthem The Killing Moon, which reached #9 in the UK singles chart and continues to transcend generations to this day.

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN will tour the UK and Ireland in the Spring of 2022, celebrating 40 years of magical songs. Tickets available here: https://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/echo-and-the-bunnymen

 

FEBRUARY

Tue         01           SHEFFIELD                             City Hall

Wed       02           LEEDS                                     O2 Academy

Fri           04           BOURNEMOUTH                  O2 Academy

Sat          05           CARDIFF                                 St David’s Hall

Mon        07           LONDON                               Roundhouse

Wed       09           DUBLIN                                  Olympia Theatre

Fri           11           NORWCH                               UEA

Sat          12           GATESHEAD                           Sage

Mon        14           LIVERPOOL                           Philharmonic Hall

Wed       16           MANCHESTER                       Albert Hall

Thu         17           NOTTINGHAM                      Rock City

Sat          19           CAMBRIDGE                          Corn Exchange

Sun         20           BRISTOL                                 O2 Academy

Tue         22           LONDON                               O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Wed       23           NORTHAMPTON                  Derngate

Fri           25           MANCHESTER                       Albert Hall

Sat          26           BIRMINGHAM                      O2 Academy

Mon        28           GLASGOW                             Barrowland

MARCH

Tue         01           GLASGOW                             Barrowland

APRIL

 

Wed       06           BEXHILL                                 De La Warr Pavilion

CROCODILES (1980)

 

  • Going Up
  • Stars Are Stars
  • Pride
  • Monkeys
  • Crocodiles

 

  • Rescue
  • Villiers Terrace
  • Pictures on My Wall
  • All That Jazz
  • Happy Death Men

 

HEAVEN UP HERE (1981)

 

  • Show of Strength
  • With A Hip
  • Over the Wall
  • It Was A Pleasure
  • A Promise

 

  • Heaven Up Here
  • The Disease
  • All My Colours
  • No Dark Things
  • Turquoise Days
  • All I Want

 

PORCUPINE (1983)

 

  • The Cutter
  • Back of Love
  • My White Devil
  • Clay
  • Porcupine

 

  • Heads Will Roll
  • Ripeness
  • Higher Hell
  • Gods Will Be Gods
  • In Bluer Skies

 

OCEAN RAIN (1984)

 

  • Silver
  • Nocturnal Me
  • Crystal Days
  • The YoYo Man
  • Thorn of Crowns

 

  • The Killing Moon
  • Seven Seas
  • My Kingdom
  • Ocean Rain

 

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