Written by Samuel Barker
Jun 18, 2006 at 08:00 PM
ImageIt has been a long journey in music for Echo and the Bunnymen. What began as vocalist Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant making demos with a drum machines back in the late 70s has grown into one of the all-time tresures of the music world. With songs like The Cutter, The Killing Moon and The Game, the band captured audiences from their home in England all the way across the pond to the United States.

So, 28 years after the band first started writing songs, they stood on the stage at Warehouse Live in downtown Houston; and they didn’t disappoint.

There was no waiting for the end of their set to break out the big guns. Sure, they did break a big gun in Lips Like Sugar in the encore, but staples like Bring on the Dancing Horses and the aforementioned Killing Moon peppered the set and kept the energy constant throughout the set.

The set began with the lights hot on the stage, the rear projections were lost in the glow of the band, but before they kicked into Seven Seas, McCulloch requested the stage lights be dropped to capture the band’s psychedelic appeal and to accent the rear projections. The coolness of the lighting, the sonic structuring of the songs and McCulloch’s voice intoxicated the minds of those in the room and sent plenty of people into a dancing fit.

While a lot of bands who have been around as long as Echo and the Bunnymen try to make a big deal out of the fact they’re veterans of the music world, the band simply played great songs and delivered a solid set. I could not fathom anyone having a single complaint with this concert.

While the words could flow on forever, a performance and a night like this are best summed up in few words as it could never do justice to the spectacle that beheld by those in attendance. Yes, I’ve been a fan of this band for numerous years, but I still never expected what I saw on this night. A great way to end Father’s Day for all the dad’s in the building. Don’t miss their performance next time they come through town. Til next time, be safe and fight the good fight.