Formed in 1978, Echo and the Bunnymen were an answer to the post-punk revolution question, "Why don't songs have a melody any more?" Their 1980 debut album Crocodiles hit the British charts but failed to cause so much as a tremor in America and it wasn't until 1987 that people on this side of the Atlantic began to take notice. Their 1988 cover of the Doors' "People Are Strange" for the Lost Boys soundtrack is probably their most well-known song, though they recorded 10 albums between 1980 and 2005 including their September release, Siberia which is garnering critical acclaim.
That's not the only cool thing about Siberia, though.
The 2005 release of Siberia marks the reunion of Bunnymen Ian McCulloch and Will Sargeant with veteran producer Hugh Jones. These Goth rockers still have their signature doom and gloom sound but they've managed to update and make it germane to the 21st century. The Bunnymen are often given credit by current rockers as an inspiration, something McCulloch responds to in a press release from Cooking Vinyl: "'So many people have cited us as this inspirational band. If we are that then I wanna make an album that these people can't copy for another 20 years. As much as I want to pass the torch, no one's takin' it off me 'til I'm dead.' McCulloch also acknowledges The Bunnymen's unusual staying power. 'If Picasso was around today, he would have been dropped before he got to his oblong period,' quips the ever prescient McCulloch. 'I am just happy if it all doesn't blow up.'" But, it's always like standing too close to a powder keg when a band re-emerges 20 years after their heydey. It can blow up in their faces, or it can cause a bang big enough to make people sit up and take notice. After hearing some of the cuts off of Siberia the Bunnymen don't need to worry: When the smoke clears, old and new fans alike will be smiling.
Wednesday, November 30, with openers Innaway, $19.50, 7:30 p.m., Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St.,367-1212.