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If the week leading up to the Coachella Music Festival isn’t stressful enough, now I must spend the entire week worrying about whether my #1 must-see band is even going to show up. Unbelievable! Really? Seriously? This can’t even be happening to me! WTF!
The legendary English shoegazers needed to cancel their Weekend 1 performance at Coachella due to visa issues. However, Lush has reschedule the canceled San Francisco show for Sunday April 24, and claim their Saturday scheduled performance in Gobi Tent is a go. We pray and wait and see.
Lush formed in 1987 in London. The band consists of Miki Berenyi, Emma Anderson, Phil King, and Chris Acland. They were originally part of the shoegazing movement, but later changed their sound to more Britpop. They were active until 1998, releasing three proper studio albums.
In 1990 the band released a compilation album in the States entitled Gala. The album combines all of the group’s earlier work from two UK released EP’s, Sweetness And Light and Mad Love, as well as the mini LP Scars. Gala is a must-have for fans of shoegaze.
In September 1996 the band played their final show. One month later tragedy struck, drummer Chris Acland committed suicide by hanging himself. The band never played again, the official breakup announcement came in February 1998.
In September 2015 the three remaining original members announced they were reuniting the band. They later hired Elastic drummer Justin Welsh to replace Acland.
The band has a brand new EP Blind Spot that just dropped last Friday. The first single from it is “Out Of Control.”
Luckily, many of the shoegazing bands from that era have recently gotten back together and have ended up on the Coachella Poster. Let me see if I can name a few… Swervedriver, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, and Ride. Not to mention Slowdive, they’re back together, but haven’t play Coachella yet.
My list of shoegazing reunions will be complete when Catherine Wheel ever gets back together. Come on Coachella, make it happen!
See you in The Promised Land for Weekend 2.