Thu 3 May Liverpool Eric’s 0151 2369994/ Ticketmaster £19.50
Scottish soul-pop pioneers Hue and Cry will be coming to Eric's on Thursday May 3rd 2012.
With the brand new Hue and Cry album ‘HOT WIRE’ being released on March 19th, brothers Pat and Greg Kane will be hitting the road again, this time to perform several intimate stripped down shows as a duo, taking in lots of venues all over the country during April and May.
The band whose new album Hot Wire - the first new album from Pat and Greg Kane since 2008’s Open Soul - is released on March 19th, will be performing much of their celebrated back catalogue as well as an introductory selection of songs from the new record. Hot Wire itself combines a love of Steely Dan and the solo work of Becker and Fagan with a sprawling template that includes songs reminiscent of Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone and early New Orleans’ inspired funk.
These special Hue and Cry Hot Wire Stripped shows will feature countless favourite songs along with an introductory selection of songs from the new album all performed up close and personal by Pat and Greg Kane who’ll be packing the keyboards, guitar and microphones for the trip. Once again, these are definitely shows not to be missed by any Hue and Cry fan.
Hue and Cry is a pop duo formed in 1983 in Coatbridge, Scotland by the brothers Pat Kane (vocals) and Greg Kane (Music/Production). They had a number of hits in the UK Singles Chart in the late 1980s, and early 1990s.
Alongside Wet Wet Wet, Texas, and Deacon Blue, blue eyed soul-pop siblings Hue & Cry were one of the most successful acts to emerge from the Scottish music scene that dominated the charts in the late '80s. The duo from Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire decided to start making music together in 1983, when Pat Kane was about to graduate from university and brother Greg was still at school.
After releasing their first single, "Here Comes Everybody," through small Glasgow label Stampede in 1984, they signed to Virgin Records subsidiary Circa, where they released debut album Seduced and Abandoned, and scored their biggest hit, "Labour of Love," three years later. Top Ten albums Remote (1988), Bitter Suite (1989), and Stars Crash Down (1991) followed, but by the time of 1992's Truth & Love, released through their own label. Free from their commercial constraints, they released a series of experimental albums throughout the '90s, including a collaboration with composer Richard Niles (1994's Showtime!), the jazz-based Piano & Voice (1995) and JazzNotJazz (1996), and 1999's Next Move, which incorporated drum 'n' bass, R&B, and Latin funk. In 2005, they briefly returned to the mainstream when they lost out to Shakin' Stevens in the final of ITV pop star comeback contest Hit Me Baby One More Time. The resulting exposure earned them support slots with Jamie Cullum and Al Green, and in 2008 they released their first studio album in nine years, Open Soul, which was followed a year later by Xmasday.
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