UK ‘supergroup’ Piroshka, recently revealed their album Brickbat, will drop February 15th on Bella Union. Along with the news, the band have shared the video for album track “Everlastingly Yours.” Directed by Chris Bigg and Martin Anderson, the video plays on the album’s artwork and allows the viewer to develop their own narrative through a series of stills.
1. This Must Be Bedlam
2. Village Of The Damned
3. Never Enough
5. What’s Next?
6. Hated By The Powers That Be
7. Run For Your Life
9. Everlastingly Yours
10. She’s Unrea
The connections between the members are a veritably tangled family tree. Before they lived together and raised a family, Miki and Moose were notable figures on the so-called shoegaze scene, while Elastica were Britpop peers. After post-punk pioneers Modern English split for a second time, Mick became a latterday member of Moose, while Justin joined the reformed Lush in 2015. And when Lush required a bassist for what proved to be their final show (in Manchester) in November 2016, Mick stepped in.
It was the rehearsals for that Manchester show that laid the foundations for Piroshka. “We sounded great!” says Justin. “Like a proper punk band. Mick brings a huge amount of enthusiasm and livens up the room, and I thought, this is the kind of band I want to be in again.” Mick agreed. “I’d seen Lush so many times, it was like playing with old friends. Miki agreed it was good fun too. And with Moose available we thought, let’s all have a bash, see what happens.”
Though Brickbat kicks off with a squeal of feedback, the album is far from a proper punk record, with as much sublime delicacy as physical force, with guitars to the fore but also electronic flourishes in all manner of spaces. Combined, they drive the nuggety melodic bombs long associated with Miki’s songwriting. But it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that she would want to join a new band. In the wake of Lush drummer Chris Acland’s unexpected suicide in 1997, his shocked and grieving bandmates felt unable to continue. Miki, in particular, “had to get completely away from music. The gate just shut for me.”
As a parent with a full-time job, it took Miki until 2015 to agree to reunite Lush, with Chris’ good friend Justin on drums. But it wasn’t to be a permanent arrangement. “After the Manchester show, Justin asked if I’d be up for something else,” Miki recalls. “But I’d never made music outside of Lush, and I’ve never wanted to do anything solo. I need someone else to motivate me, and in this case it was Justin. He sent drum tracks with guitar parts and odd words, so I wrote some vocals and lyrics, which became ‘This Must Be Bedlam’ and ‘Never Enough’. When Mick added bass, it sounded great. When Moose added guitar and keyboards – I’d never written like that before, it was such good fun.”
Simon Raymonde of Bella Union had been one of the first to hear the demos; he instantly signed the band, further entangling the Piroshka family tree – his former bandmate Robin Guthrie (of Cocteau Twins) produced Lush’s debut album, while Raymonde’s current bandmate Richie Thomas (in Lost Horizons) is a former member of Moose. Raymonde subsequently introduced Piroshka to Paul Gregory of Bella Union labelmates Lanterns On The Lake who mixed Brickbat (except ‘What’s Next’, mixed by Alan Moulder) and to Fiona Brice (another Bella Union alumni), who wrote Brickbat’s strings arrangements, with Terry Edwards (ex-Higsons, current Blockhead), who played on Lush’s final album, on brass.
Spring tour dates
3/29 MANCHESTER, UK @ Soup Kitchen
3/30 GLASGOW, UK @ Stereo tickets
3/31 LEEDS, UK @ Brudenell Social Club tickets
04/04 LONDON, UK @ Oslo
4/05 CAMBRIDGE, UK @ Portland Arms tickets
4/06 BRISTOL, UK @ Rough Trade tickets
4/25 PARIS, FR @ Backstage
4/26 AMSTERDAM, NL @ Bitterzoet
4/27 BERLIN, DE @ Privatclub
4/28 COPENHAGEN, DK @ Vega
5/01 BRUSSELS, BE @ Botanique