The ‘Renaissance Men’ (Arriba!) aren’t back. The Wildhearts are back. When I say that, I mean, for many (myself included), the definitive line-up, Ginger, CJ, Ritch and Danny.
The title track, with some glorious harmonies opens with the most apt statement that the band could have ever penned. “So here we are again….”
With their first new album in 10 Years set for release very shortly, The Wildhearts have announced an 8 date UK tour in support of the occasion.
If Brighton is your back yard, be grateful, the boys, turned up, played and destroyed the town.
To call it the classic line up does The Wildhearts an injustice as one of the ‘classic’ line ups saw Scott Sorry on bass, delivering the last studio album the band produced to great critical acclaim.
Celebrating 20 P.H.U.Q’ing years of the seminal second album from The Wildhearts, it is worth considering for a moment how this album came to be.
The Wildhearts next show is the Download Festival on June 10th
As I prepared to write up the review of The Wildhearts show at the Shepherds Bush Empire, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of seminal release ‘P.H.U.Q.’ , it was knowing that I would struggle to write anything but positive messages about the set and the band’s performance. These days, the Wildhearts are a safe bet. Not middle of the road, boring or even dull safe but safe in the knowledge that I’m always going to enjoy myself for the entire evening.
Chris Catalyst is certainly a busy man. Sunday night saw him perform a solo acoustic set at The Borderline, rapidly followed by a set with C.J. Wildheart at the same gig. Then a mere three days later, here he is again, playing alongside a host of familiar faces and special guests, celebrating the 50th birthday of one of Britain’s greatest singer songwriters, Ginger Wildheart!