Miracle Legion reunite to play first London show in two decades – 20th August, Oslo, Hackney
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Miracle Legion parted ways in 1996 following their final studio album, Portrait of a Damaged Family, seemingly never to return again. Now, two decades later, Mark Mulcahy’s legendary Connecticut outfit has reunited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of that record and its reissue, with the celebrated singer-songwriter back alongside lead guitarist Mr. Ray Neal, bassist Dave McCaffrey, and drummer Scott Boutier for UK and US dates, including a London show on Saturday 20th August at Oslo in Hackney and an appearance at Green Man festival.
“Getting back with Miracle Legion was something I never thought about,” Mulcahy explains. “We always lived by ‘never say never,’ and so this is some perversion of that shitty motto. Even when we were together, there were many, many times I hated it so much I couldn’t think it would last another day.”
“I’ve always had a feeling of unfinished business,” Neal admits. “The wrong business won the first time around. There is still more to do.” One of the original “college rock” bands, Miracle Legion formed in 1983 in New Haven, Connecticut, rising to critical acclaim from rave reviews surrounding both 1984’s The Backyard EP and their 1987 full-length debut, Surprise Surprise Surprise, both on Rough Trade Records.
Following the release of 1989’s Me and Mr. Ray, Mulcahy and Neal found a new rhythm section in McCaffrey and Boutier and signed with Morgan Creek Records, who would issue their third studio album, 1992’s Drenched, in addition to two promotional EPs.
By 1996, Miracle Legion was both without a label and distraught from years of legal cat-and-mouse with Morgan Creek. But they had recorded an album:Portrait of a Damaged Family. And so Mulcahy created his own imprint, Mezzotint, and released the album out of his basement. It was a swan song before the swan dive. The band was done. Mulcahy started Polaris, Boutier & McCaffrey joined up with Frank Black and Neal disappeared to the wilderness of suburbia.
“We finally drove ourselves off a cliff, and I thought that was it.” Mulcahy contends. “However, you didn’t see us die, and now we have crawled back up the mountain towards insanity once again. Damaged but operating. I give us a 50/50 chance. Thank you all for watching.”
Full tour dates:
Aug.16 – The Hope and Ruin, Brighton (UK)
Aug.17 – Òran Mór, Glasgow (UK)
Aug.18 – The Deaf Institute, Manchester (UK)
Aug.19 – Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, Wales (UK)
Aug 20 – Oslo, London (UK) – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/350605