30th Anniversary Tour
THE HOUSE OF LOVE (POSTPONED)
ALEX NICOL and DJ JAKE RUDH
THIS SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED
Official message from the House of Love:
To all whom have purchased tickets to our upcoming Anniversary tour…
In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, with heavy hearts, We regret to inform you we will have to postpone the tour to a time where it will be safe for all to attend. We appreciate all efforts to make this tour a reality and hope to continue on with the plan when the virus is contained.
Please stay home and stay safe during this time.
Information regarding a rescheduled date will be announced as soon as possible. Tickets purchased for the originally scheduled performance will remain valid for the new date, so please hang on to your original ticket for entrance.
THE HOUSE OF LOVE
In November 2018, The band played a UK tour culminating with a sold out show at the London Roundhouse, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their much acclaimed self-titled debut album, which was released on Creation Records in 1988. A special edition of the album with many extra unheard tracks was released by Cherry Red Records to coincide. The original 10-track album, released by the legendary Creation Records, featuring classic tracks such as Hope, Man To Child & Love In A Car, was quickly hailed as one of the definitive independent releases of the late 1980s and today the songs and sound still resonate with long time and a new generation of fans.
The House Of Love formed in 1986 in Camberwell, South London and released their first single, Shine On, on Creation Records in May 1987. Two further singles, Real Animal and Christine, appeared before they released the debut album in June 1988 to ecstatic reviews.
One undeniable charm was the contrast between the overloaded layering of guitars and the ‘gravelly voice of calm’ (to quote Len Brown in the NME) that lay at the centre. ‘The guitar sound is spring, the melody and lyrics autumn,’ agreed Simon Reynolds of Melody Maker, referring to ‘Christine’ but making a comment that applied equally to the whole of the record. The record stood out, not least according to Danny Kelly of The NME, because it was birthed in an era of ‘instant-impact, minimal-retention pop’. For Simon Reynolds, the arrival of The House Of Love represented ‘the sun gone in to supernova’ and fellow journalist John Wilde viewed the band in a similarly cosmic fashion – the album was’ unnervingly big and entirely everything’.
Playing live, critics agreed too that the band were dynamite. Both Guy Chadwick and Terry Bickers were first and foremost guitarists, creating a texture onto which Guy Chadwick’s poetic songs were laid. Guy had a vision of the sound and Terry went a long way to helping him realize it.‘ John Peel seeing them in Leeds in 1988 said in The Observer, ‘The House Of Love showed within seconds that they have that inner tension that makes for a great rather than a merely good band. This was one of those performances that I wished I could have taken away with me.’
They went on to sign with Fontana Records with Creation impresario Alan McGee still managing them but guitarist Terry Bickers would leave in 1989, following a monumental fallout, to be replaced by Simon Walker, before they released their second self–titled (although often called ‘the Butterfly’ album) in January 1990. The album featured songs such as the hypnotic The Beatles and The Stones, I Don’t Know Why I Love You, and a re-recorded anthemic Shine On immediately went Gold, with Shine On hitting the charts across Europe.
Two further albums would be released on Fontana, Babe Rainbow (1992) and Audience With The Mind (1993) before they disbanded in late 1993, disillusioned with the record company.
Guy made a solo record, the quiet classic, Lazy Soft and Slow on Setanta Records, before Terry re-joined the band along with new bass player Matt Jury. They made a return in 2005 with a new album, Days Run Away, which was followed in 2013 by She Paints Words In Red on Cherry Red. Currently working on new material, a new album is expected in the near future!
Alex Nicol is a singer-songwriter based in Montreal. In the past five years, Nicol played in different projects, most notably in the band Hoan, which achieved critical success with their EP Modern Phase. Nicol now sets out on his own with his debut album All For Nada, coming March 13, 2020, via Michel Records/Anniversary.
Jake Rudh is both a Minneapolis club and radio DJ hosting "Transmission" the program heard on 89.3 The Current every Thursday night at 10pm. Jake's worked in music for over 20 years including Capitol Records, NPR and Twin Cities alternative favorites REV 105 and Radio K. Having been voted "best club DJ" in the Twin Cities for ten straight years by the readers of City Pages magazine, he brings the varied mix of the club nights to the airwaves each week with a different theme to his show.
Being named after the Joy Division classic, the program is heavily centered around post-punk, new wave and dark wave as well as shoegaze, dream pop, psych, power, indie and British pop. Jake often hosts in-studio sessions and interviews musicians from those worlds...most recently Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music, Duran Duran's John Taylor, Sting, Adam Ant, Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks, synth-pioneer Thomas Dolby, Peter Murphy of Bauhaus, Devo founder Mark Mothersbaugh, and Talking Heads & Tom Tom Club co-founder Chris Frantz.