Michael Head

Thursday 9th April
Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band
£21/23
[+10% booking fee]
Doors open 8pm

18+ show

Michael Head’s career began in 1980 when he formed The Pale Fountains as vocalist/guitarist and songwriter, alongside Chris McCaffery on bass, Thomas Whelan on drums and trumpeter Andy Diagram.

The Pale Fountains released their debut single (There’s Always) Something On My Mind on Belgian label Les Disques du Crépuscule before signing with Virgin in October 1982 and releasing two albums, Pacific Street (1984) and …From Across the Kitchen Table (1985). The band split up in 1987 with Mick Head going on to form Shack with his brother John and signing to Ghetto Recording Company.

Shack’s first album Zilch was released in 1988. The follow-up, Waterpistol, was recorded in 1991 at London’s Star Street Studio and Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire. Shortly after the recording of Waterpistol was complete, the Star Street studio burnt down and most of the tapes were destroyed. The only remaining DAT of the album was left in producer Chris Allison’s hire car in Los Angeles. It was found weeks later, by which point Ghetto had folded so the record was without a distributor and eventually released in 1995.

Michael Head went on to form Michael Head & The Strands with his brother John, earning critical acclaim with The Magical World of The Strands on its release in 1996.

Shack reformed in 1998 releasing HMS Fable in 1999 and … Here’s Tom With the Weather in 2003. The band signed to Noel Gallagher’s Sour Mash record label in May 2006 to release On the Corner of Miles and Gil, the title pays homage to Miles Davis and Gil Evans.

In October 2007 the band released compilation album Time Machine with Head reforming the Pale Fountains in 2008 for two critically acclaimed live shows in Liverpool and London.

In 2012 Michael Head launched a new project Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band. October 2017 saw the release of his first album in eleven years Adiós Señor Pussycat, which reached number one on the UK Independent chart and number twenty-four in the UK top forty.

The NME described Mick Head as ‘a lost genius and among the most gifted British songwriters of his generation’.

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