The Roar Club and Club Biscuit can excitedly confirm that The Primitives will be playing Bedford Esquires on Friday the 21st June 2013.
Formed in Coventry in 1985 and featuring the iconic but diminutive vocalist Tracy Tracy, their euphoric indie pop saw them as contemporaries of bands like The Smiths, The Wedding Present and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Mixing the guitar fuzz of The Ramones with Sixties girl group melodies they released a series of genuine hits, such as ‘Stop Killing Me’, ‘Out of Reach’ and ‘Sick of It’ but are probably best known for their Top 5 hit ‘Crash’.
Arguably one of the finest alternative singles of all time, ‘Crash’ is 2 minutes 30 seconds of jangle pop perfection has been covered with vary degrees of success by artists as diverse as Matt Willis and Belle and Sebastian. The Primitives were subsequently introduced to whole new generation of fans in 1995 when the song was featured heavily on the soundtrack to the film ‘Dumb and Dumber’.
The Primitives split up in 1992 but reformed almost 18 years later following the funeral of original bass player Steve Dullaghan. With their influence still heard in such bands as Best Coast and The Pains of Being Pure of Heart, since their reformation they released 2012’s ‘Echoes and Rhymes’ LP to unanimous rave reviews and have topped the bill at festivals both here in the UK and in Europe, where The Primitives regularly play to massive audiences. This is a special warm up date for the band prior to their headline appearance at a venue in London to mark the release of a five CD boxset compilation on Cherry Red records entitled ‘Scared to be Happy’.
‘The Primitives are as vital today as they ever were. Welcome Back!’ – Drowned in Sound.
Tickets are £12 in advance, available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/209091 / Danny’s Bar.
(Older visitors to Esquires might remember The Primitives previously playing there when the venue used to be known as the Greyfriars International Club…!)