Formed in late 80s London by childhood friends Emma Anderson and Miki Berenyi, Lush’s line up settled in 1990 with the addition of Chris Acland on drums and Phil King on bass.
Signed to legendary label 4AD in 1989, by 1991-92 they were regarded as one of the pioneer alternative British guitar bands on the scene. Standing shoulder to shoulder with other NME heroes of the time, their peers included Curve, Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine, though it was arguably Lush who managed to make the best transition to the 'Britpop' era, where many others would call it a day or split to rebrand themselves in different outfits.
Like Suede and The Charlatans, Lush seamlessly became referred to as a Britpop band - a successful one whose choppy fuzz guitar driven style engaged them with audiences in the US as well as at home. After three albums and numerous E.P.s Lush were brought to an abrupt end by the sad and tragic death of Chris Acland in 1996.
Years passed - and fans still yearned for more. Then earlier this year a surprise announcement gave the 'reformation' news story many had been waiting for, with four live dates announced so far:
Roundhouse London, 6th - 7th May 2016
Manchester Academy, 30th April 2016
New York Terminal 5, 14th September 2016
“The opportunities and practicalities of reforming Lush meant that for 20 years it was an impossible undertaking,” explained band member Miki Berenyi. “But we all loved what we did, and the time is finally right for us to do it again.”
4AD released a vinyl reissue of Lush’s ‘best of’ compilation 'Ciao!' in November, followed by a limited edition box set titled 'Chorus'.
The box is a five-disc set, comprising the early compilation Gala (1990), the three studio albums Spooky (1992), Split (1994) and Lovelife (1996) and the B-sides collection Topolino (the Canadian version, also 1996), plus all manner of rarities (B-sides, radio sessions, remixes and demo, some previously unreleased).
The artwork is by Chris Bigg, who, alongside designer Vaughan Oliver, were responsible for many of the iconic 4AD covers of the Nineties.
Justin Welch (formerly of fellow Britpop era band Elastica) will be playing drums for the live performances.