Lush are back - officially - with a vinyl reissue of hits compilation Ciao! and details of a new show.
Lush went on indefinite hiatus in 1998 after the death of drummer Chris Acland in 1996, after the release of their final studio album Lovelife. Their final show was in Tokyo in 1996.
Speaking about the reformation, singer/guitarist Miki Berenyi says in a statement: “The opportunities and practicalities of reforming Lush meant that for 20 years it was an impossible undertaking... but we all loved what we did, and the time is finally right for us to do it again.”
As well as the reissue of Ciao!, 4AD are releasing a 5xCD boxset called Chorus, which includes Gala, studio records Spooky, Split ,and Lovelife, plus B-sides collection Topolino, AND unreleased tracks.
They will play London's Roundhouse on 6 May 2016. You can grab tickets for the shows from 9am on 30 September.
Writing on Facebook, the trio say:
We’ve been away for ages and ages, but we’re really excited to announce that we’re finally ready to reform as Lush. For all the fans who have been pestering us to do this: thanks so much for your patience and support! We wish it could have been sooner but, for many years, it was just too painful to contemplate without Chris, and then all kinds of life-changing commitments made it impossible. Now, at last, the three of us are in the right place at the right time to play music together again.
To celebrate our return, 4AD will be putting out a vinyl edition of our ‘best of’ compilation Ciao! (limited copies will be coloured red) and a box set of (very nearly) everything we ever released along with a selection of rarities, sessions and demos. We'll be playing the Roundhouse in London on 6 May 2016 – tickets will go on sale at 9am on 30 September – so you've got plenty of time to regrow your shoey fringe. Chris's old friend from back in the day, Justin Welch (Elastica), will be on drums. There’s more information to come, so please keep in touch…
Lots of love, Miki, Emma and Phil