I know it is easy to see what crazy times we live in. Donald Trump, really? Maybe that is why we need this more than ever. But whenever I am feeling that way I reflect back on being so lucky to have lived in these musical times. We had Mtv and we grew up loving music. Saving up allowance money and birthday wishes to get the latest releases. We had passion for music. It wasn’t disposable or free and we never thought it should be. There may never be the musical output that was the 1970’s and 1980’s.
I have seen over a 1000 concerts in my life. I made a point of seeing all the greats. A few slipped through and those will always be regrets but some just never came. So is the case with Sad Lovers and Giants. They never had the large devoted base of Joy Division or The Cure. They were never lucky enough to end up in a John Hughes film but they were none the less great, and still are. They have decided to bring their greatness to the US for the first time and I think it is great!
SLAG are reported to be working on new material and should gain some inspiration from new bands in this movement. Along with some great local bands keeping this sound alive in 2016, this will be a great night of music here in Seattle on March 17th. If they are playing near you I would strongly suggest a night out with the lads.
What’s the subtext here?
Sad Lovers & Giants are a rock band from Watford, England who formed in 1980. Their sound blends post-punk, atmospheric keyboards and psychedelia which has been described as ‘pastoral Pink Floyd’ and to many they are the best kept secret of the 1980’s.
Following their debut EP ‘Cle’ and the ‘Colourless Dream’ single, both issued in 1981, they released two studio albums, Epic Garden Music (1982) and Feeding the Flame (1983) before splitting in 1983. During this initial period they recorded a John Peel Session for the BBC and a live concert for the Dutch Radio Hilversum station in 1983 which was subsequently released as the album Total Sound in 1986. After the split they returned in 1987 with a new line up and released ‘The Mirror Test’ album that year. As interest abroad grew the band performed extensively in the Netherlands, Spain and France and headlined regularly at the old Marquee Club in London’s Soho.
In 1990 they released their fourth studio album, ‘Headland’ followed swiftly by the often overlooked album, Treehouse Poetry in 1991, before splitting once again. 1996 saw the release of a best-of compilation called ‘E Mail from Eternity’ then things went quiet until the release of their last album ‘Melting in The Fullness of Time’ in 2002 with two gigs in Italy a year later. The current era began in 2010 with gigs in Italy and Greece and has continued with a handful of performances every year extending into Berlin and Spain.
For the US Tour they will play warm up gigs in Lisbon and Porto with a rare London appearance on 5th March headlining at The Garage in Highbury & Islington. Their atmospheric and beautifully crafted set comprises songs from their extensive back catalogue but also from recording sessions for the new album.