Eccentric distant cousins of Britpop and gloriously wackoid guitar munchers Cud return for a one off gig at our favourite venue
Bridenhell Social Club in their hometown of Leeds for a two day event and April 11/12 where they will play the whole of each album.
Emerging from the same art/design cauldron that produced fellow Leeds legends Soft Cell, Scritti Politti, and The Mekons, CUD were the pre-Britpop answer to doleful shoegazing bands – fun-loving, light-hearted, romantic and downright catchy.
Alternatively loved or loathed like a yeast extract, CUD are indie rock for the unpretentious pleasure seeker, boasting as they do the rich deep-lunged voice of Carl Puttnam, edgy guitars of Mike Dunphy and tight, funky rhythm section of William Potter, bass and Gogs Byrn, drums.
CUD were initially lauded for their quirky Peel session cover of ‘You Sexy Thing’ in 1987. They soon built up a huge live following and buffed up their repertoire with a string of unstraight pop beauties, best exemplified by the 1990 album ‘Leggy Mambo’. This led to a major-label deal with A&M in 1991, front-page NME coverage, massive sellout gigs and proper Top 30 hits, ‘Rich and Strange’ and ‘Purple Love Balloon’.
Misunderstood by record companies and press, CUD packed away their guitars and sticks in 1995 but, bolstered by a greatest hits anthology (‘Rich and Strange’) in 2006, they agreed to tread the boards again and found an army of ‘Space CUDets’ still eager to sing along, dance like fruitcakes and invade their stage.
In 2012, CUD reunited with their original guitarist and key songwriter, Mike Dunphy, and the result is their first new material in 18 years, the perky 7” and download single ‘Louise’ b/w ‘Mexico’.
To top this, CUD are playing two of their most popular albums in their entirety over two spring nights in Leeds.
THE ALBUM NIGHTS
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, Friday 11th April 2014
When in Rome, Kill Me
Celebrating 25 years since the release of CUD’s debut LP, the first (and only?) indie-rock opera.
Features single Only (A Prawn in Whitby), and live highlight I’ve Had It With Blondes.
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, Saturday 12th April 2014
The 1990 album that lured an army of Space CUDets and delivered the band a major record deal.
Features singles Magic, and Robinson Crusoe.
A very limited number of cheap weekend tickets (for both dates) will go on sale at 10am on Friday 10th January at the special price of £20 from Leeds Indie shops Jumbo Records 0113 2455570 www.jumborecords.co.uk and Crash Record 0113 243 6743 www.crashrecords.co.uk
General sale will commence on Monday 13th January at the price of £13 a show.
LOUISE b/w MEXICO is available as a limited edition 7” vinyl single at CUD shows and as a single and download from cud.greedbag.com