Eugene Kelly says Vaseline fans should catch the reunited band now, because he and partner Frances McKee won’t promise a future.
The Scottish duo broke the group up after their split as a couple in 1990. Nirvana covers of songs such as “Son of a Gun,” “Molly’s Lips” and “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For a Sunbeam” kept the Vaselines’ reputation alive, and Kelly and McKee played together again in 2006 and then in earnest in 2008. They finally released a sophomore album, “Sex With an X,” last month, 20 years after their debut. But Kelly says the group’s future is uncertain at best.
“We haven’t discussed it,” notes Kelly, 45, who also led the band Eugenius and performed as a solo act. “We take one day at a time. As far as we can see, (‘Sex With an X’) is the only record we’ll do. We feel like we kind of got away with it this time and managed to capture the spirit of what we like. The more records we make, the more chance we have of screwing up.
“Once the dust settles on touring this record, maybe we’ll discuss what we want to do. But there’s nothing planned, certainly.”
Nevertheless, Kelly says he and McKee have been gratified by the response to the Vaselines’ return — and particularly the turnout they’re seeing at shows.
“What’s weird is there’s lots of young people there,” he says. “We expect people our age, our contemporaries. But we’re definitely picking up some young fans as we go along, which is great to see. That’s why you do it, you know?”
The Vaselines and Schwervon perform Friday, Oct. 29, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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