Now in its 36th year as a band, Britain's Echo & the Bunnymen tends to take a few years between albums and tours. But guitarist and co-founder Will Sergeant says that absence has only seemed to make fans' hearts grow fonder on its current North American tour.
"I think people have been saving up their grooviness," says Sergeant, 56. "We've been getting a great reception, a really warm reception. The gigs so far are all sold out and rockin'.
"It's like it just keeps going on, doesn't it? I don't feel that much different. I play the same way I used to play. It's not all that drastically different. We just come out and do it, keep it simple, really."
This time through Echo has new music to offer, too. "Meteorites," the group's 12th studio album, came out in June with production by Killing Joke bassist and Paul McCartney associate Youth (aka Martin Glover). That's put a little bit of a fresh charge into Echo's current set list, though Sergeant says he's generally as happy as the fans to tilt the offerings in favor of the older favorites.
"There's maybe three or four (new) tracks in the show. We don't hammer it," Sergeant says. "It's always very difficult to do a new record when you have such a great back catalog; everyone wants to hear 'Enlighten Me' and '(The) Killing Moon,' 'Rescue,' all of those. It's a balancing act.
"But I don't mind playing the old (songs). I've got no worries about playing songs 50,000 times. It doesn't bother me at all. I like it when I become very comfortable with the songs; you can relax and not be thinking, 'Where's the next note?' or 'What's this next bit go like?' It's just natural, which I like."
Echo & the Bunnymen
Monday, Aug. 11. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit
Tickets are sold out
Call 313-833-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com
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