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Piroshka (Members of Lush, Elastica Modern English, Moose) Announce Album, Share “Everlasting Yours”

Band Fronted by Lush's Miki Berenyi; Brickbat Due Out February 15, 2019 via Bella Union

Nov 06, 2018
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Piroshka are a new band that features members of various other iconic British acts. They are fronted by former Lush singer Miki Berenyi (vocals/guitar) and also include former Moose guitarist KJ "Moose" McKillop, Modern English bassist Mick Conroy, and former Elastica drummer Justin Welch. Now they have announced their debut album, Brickbat, and shared their first single, "Everlasting Yours." Brickbat is due out February 15, 2019 via Bella Union. Listen to "Everlasting Yours" below, followed by the album's tracklist and cover art. The band also have a handful of tour dates, which are below too.

Lush reformed in 2015, with Welch filling in for the late Chris Acland on drums. The band released one great comeback EP in 2016, Blind Spot. When bassist Philip King left the band later that year, Conroy filled in on bass for Lush's final shows before the band broke up again after those shows. It was Welch who suggested forming a new band with Berenyi and Conroy. McKillop is Berenyi's partner and has two children with her and naturally found a place in Piroshka. Both Lush and Moose were leading lights in the early 1990s shoegazing scene.

"We sounded great!" says Welch, in a press release, of their initial Lush rehearsals with Conroy. "Like a proper punk band. Mick brings a huge amount of enthusiasm and livens up the room, and I thought, this is the kind of band I want to be in again." 

Conroy adds: "I'd seen Lush so many times, it was like playing with old friends. Miki agreed it was good fun too. And with Moose available we thought, let's all have a bash, see what happens."

It was not a given that Berenyi would be interested in joining a new band. After Lush's split in 1998 she had stepped away from performing music, focusing on raising her kids and working for magazines.

"After the Manchester show, Justin asked if I'd be up for something else," Berenyi explains in the press release. "But I'd never made music outside of Lush, and I've never wanted to do anything solo. I need someone else to motivate me, and in this case it was Justin. He sent drum tracks with guitar parts and odd words, so I wrote some vocals and lyrics, which became 'This Must Be Bedlam' and 'Never Enough.' When Mick added bass, it sounded great. When Moose added guitar and keyboards - I'd never written like that before, it was such good fun."

A press release says that songs on Brickbat are often more direct than those by Lush. The lyrics to "Village of the Damned," for example, were written by McKillop and he says the song is "about school shootings and our reaction to almost being unable to take our eyes off 24-hour news and Internet feeds. You're depressed and appalled by what you see." 

The Piroshka band name comes from the Hungarian version of Little Red Riding Hood.

Simon Raymonde, formerly of Cocteau Twins runs the band's label, Bella Union. He signed the band as soon as he heard their demos. Raymonde's Cocteau Twins bandmate Robin Guthrie produced Lush's debut album, 1992's Spooky. Also Raymonde is in the duo Lost Horizons with Richie Thomas, who used to be in Moose. Paul Gregory of Bella Union labelmates Lanterns on the Lake who mixed most of Brickbat, expect for "What's Next," which was mixed by Alan Moulder. Fiona Brice wrote the string arrangements and Terry Edwards, who played on Lush's final album, contributes brass. 

Read out 2016 interview with Lush on their reunion and Blind Spot.

Also read our two 2015 interviews with Berenyi and Lush bandmate Emma Anderson on their albums Split and Lovelife, in which they discussed the challenges of reforming. Also read our 2007 interview with Berenyi, which at the time was her first interview in a decade, since Lush's breakup.

Brickbat Tracklist:

1. This Must Be Bedlam
2. Village of the Damned
3. Never Enough
4. Blameless
5. What's Next?
6. Hated By the Powers That Be
7. Run For Your Life
8. Heartbeats
9. Everlastingly Yours
10. She's Unreal

Piroshka Tour Dates:

11/27 LONDON, UK @ Lexington **(SOLD-OUT!)**
3/29 MANCHESTER, UK @ Soup Kitchen
3/30 GLASGOW, UK @ Stereo tickets
3/31 LEEDS, UK @ Brudenell Social Club tickets
4/04 LONDON, UK @ Oslo
4/05 CAMBRIDGE, UK @ Portland Arms tickets
4/06 BRISTOL, UK @ Rough Trade tickets
4/25 PARIS, FR @ Backstage
4/26 AMSTERDAM, NL @ Bitterzoet
4/27 BERLIN, DE @ Privatclub
4/28 COPENHAGEN, DK @ Vega
5/01 BRUSSELS, BE @ Botanique

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