The 2015 rescheduled shows, all three of them, are the final UK instalment of last May’s ‘Meteorites’ Tour in support of said album, there first new studio album for four years. The possible relief for the band, confirmed after the suitably sized ‘Crocodiles’ with“hello Newcastle – finally”.
Pleased we caught the last few sings by Liam McClair standing for the most part with an electric guitar, as an unlisted support, he did well ending on his current EP title track ‘All I Need To See Is You’ complete with sing-along chorus. but the now sizable crowd were overdue, treated to a rejuvenated band on form as title track ‘Meteorites’ stands as tall as classic ‘Seven Seas’. It hard not to over-eulogise over the Liverpool band too much. As halloween fave ‘People Are Strangle’ is followed by the evocative ‘Holy Moses’ and how, the song feels more robust played with evident honed gusto. the crowd are well natured fanatics of all things bunnymen it seems. Even with lead singer Ian’s lack lustre crowd response to the question is there any Valentines or Valentini here tonight?’ with just two women screamed back a “Yesss!”.
I’ve witness EATB, on many occasions at festivals across Europe, but there is something special standing towards the front, seeing them in a more confined space, the power of ‘Will Sergeant’s guitar work wins over as Ian McCulloch’s vocal strength shows no sign of slowing down, his vocal chords intact after illness brought an end to the tour in 2014.
Must confess to a handful od ‘yes, I am here’ moments throughout. Echo & The Bunnymen’s chemistry, charms, the band followed with ‘Dancing Horses’, ‘The Killing Moon’, and then ‘The Cutter’ close the amicable set. I know it’s just witchery but I feel i have never seen the band with this much guile, musicianship as they deliver in spades their moody atmospheric take on indie-rock strikes a major chord. The return to the stage for ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ which segued into a rendition of Lou Reed’s ‘Walk On The Wildside’ before a king-sized ‘Lips like Sugar’ rounds off a powerful night of sheer entertainment and pleasure. It may have been valentine’s Day but the packed academy at least close to 90 minutes, just like singer Ian McCulloch at Anfield, we were lost in something as magical even seminal. 9/10