Echo & The Bunnymen / Songs To Learn & Sing / UK and Ireland Tour

Echo & The Bunnymen

SONGS TO LEARN & SING | VINYL REISSUE | 18 FEBRUARY

 

ALSO AVAILABLE ON SPECIAL EDITION SPLATTER VINYL

WITH EXCLUSIVE 7” OF THE BAND’S FIRST SINGLE

 

UK TOUR | SPRING 2022 | TICKETS here

       

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN are re-releasing their first Best Of compilation, SONGS TO LEARN & SING, on 18 February for the first time since its original release in 1985. The album is a comprehensive collection of songs from their first four albums, taking in their second single Rescue, The Cutter, The Killing Moon and Bring on The Dancing Horses, and arrives as ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN go back on tour throughout 2022 to celebrate 40 years of magical songs.

 

The album will be available on black vinyl from all music retailers, and as a special edition package on splatter vinyl with an exclusive 7” of the band’s first single Pictures on My Wall / Read It in Books, available exclusively on Dig! Pre-order link: https://lnk.to/EchoandtheBunnymen_SongsToLearnAndSing

 

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.

When SONGS TO LEARN & SING was originally released, the band were already a force to be reckoned with, pioneering the new wave scene with four highly acclaimed studio albums. It began with their classic debut 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 went on to finish in many critics greatest ever debut album lists.

 

The band 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 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 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 transformed into mainstream success in 1983 with the release of their third album Porcupine, produced by Ian Broudie. providing their best chart performances, with The Cutter reaching #8 in the singles charts and Porcupine finishing #2 in the album charts and 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.

 

These first four albums were reissued on both black and coloured vinyl in 2021 and are available here: https://lnk.to/EchoandtheBunnymen_Vinyl

 

 

SONGS TO LEARN & SING

 

  • Rescue
  • The Puppet
  • Do It Clean
  • A Promise
  • Back Of Love
  • The Cutter

 

  • Never Stop
  • The Killing Moon
  • Silver
  • Seven Seas
  • Bring On the Dancing Horses

 

7” [SPECIAL EDITION ONLY]

 

  • Pictures on My Wall
  • Read It in Books

 

 

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN will tour the UK and Ireland in the Spring, celebrating 40 years of magical songs. Tickets are 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

 

 

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