Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby
with Mush and Les Cox Sportifs
Star + Shadow Cinema
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Saturday, November 1 at 8:00pm
Along with Elvis Costello, Ian Dury and the Damned, Wreckless Eric was one of the original Stiff Records signings, an oddity even amongst his peers. Releasing the legendary Whole Wide World back in 1977, he’s since made countless albums in different guises, touching on bubblegum pop, grunge, psychedelia and country – but always remained true to the DIY spirit of his early Stiff days.
Amy Rigby started a country band in eighties New York City, when such a thing would get your ass run out of town. Her solo career included the hit album Diary Of A Mod Housewife, and the Washington Post called her ‘one of rock’s most distinctive and consistently excellent songwriters’.
Meeting one night at a gig in Hull (Amy was singing, Eric was DJing), they’ve followed it up with marriage and a cracking new album on the revitalised Stiff Records. It’s a beautifully raw and touching album: vocal harmonies, crackling, buzzing atmospheres and the upbeat/downbeat lyrics of a couple that have been one too many times around the dance floor.
Support comes from Newcastle legends Mush, long term mates of Wreckless, and a band who have taken Eric’s shambling DIY humour and melancholy to heart, Les Cox Sportifs.
Tickets £10 (advance tickets from alt-vinyl)