Their murky, post-punk sound that defined the 80s thrust Echo and the Bunnymen into the league of the Violent Femmes and Joy Division. In their career spanning four decades, the group have released 12 albums, and provided the soundtrack to cult movie ‘Donnie Darko’. This year, they return with their new album entitled ‘The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon’.
The group originally formed in the 1970s as the Crucial Three, featuring Pete Wylie, Julian Cope and Ian McCulloch. After the former two left, McCulloch recorded alongside Will Sergeant, Les Pattinson and Pete de Freitas. From the release of their debut album ‘Crocodiles’ in 1980, the band since accumulated a series of Top 40 hits and Top Ten albums in the UK.
The band’s history was not always smooth, seeing lead vocalist McCulloch leave to pursue a solo career and the tragic motorcycle accident where de Freitas sadly passed away in 1989. After wavering success with their music and more changes of group members, McCulloch was eventually reunited with Sergeant, who currently make up the formation of the band.
Their latest album features tracks such as ‘The Cutter’ and ‘Bring on the Dancing Horses’, entailing many of their previous tracks remastered and rearranged, alongside a few newbies.