After rejecting the idea of touring as Neckless Derek, a tribute to himself, and recording a splendid lo-fi classic of an album in 2004, Bungalow Hi, Eric met and fell in love with American songstress Amy Rigby.They are living happily ever after, ever since, first in France, now in the US and they occasionally tour and self-release record.
Knowing there was an imminent tour and album Ged babey sent them a groovy Derek Batey-style Mrs & Mrs quiz by email – which they haven’t gotten around to returning, such is the crazy world of Eric & Amy, the coolest two-man band in the world!
So here’s a bit of background info and the tour dates. Don’t miss them if they hit your town.
Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby are a two-piece rock and roll group who have individually been making distinctive and original music for decades: he a British iconoclast and wild-card survivor of the early Stiff Records, she as a long-standing heroine of the New York pop scene.
Their 2008 debut album “Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby”Â and their live show have enjoyed rapturous critical acclaim in the US, UK and Europe. In 2010 the pair released “Two-Way Family Favourites,” a shimmering collection of songs written by other artists, on their own Southern Domestic Recordings label. “Pop archeologists supreme” raved Uncut magazine.
Wreckless Eric recorded the legendary single “Whole Wide World”Â back in 1977. Since then he has made countless albums in different guises, moving between bubblegum, pop, grunge, psychedelia and techno, but always remaining true to the DIY spirit of his early days on Stiff.
Amy Rigby started a country band in eighties New York City, went on to form girl group The Shams, and began her solo career in 1996 with the US hit album “Diary Of A Mod Housewife”. Her five solo albums embrace pop, country, folk-rock, psychedelia and the indefinable.
In 2012, freshly relocated to the US, Eric and Amy are finishing up a new album – A Working Museum – of all-original songs to be released later this year.ÃÂ They’ll be starting a Kickstarter campaign soon to fund the mastering and pressing (including a vinyl edition) so check their website for details.
They will be on tour in the UK throughout June 2012:ÃÂ
- Wednesday 13 June 2012 – ÃÂ The Croft Bristol
- Thursday 14 June 2012 – The Railway Winchester
- Friday 15 June 2012 – Milton Rooms Studio Malton, N Yorks
- Saturday 16 June 2012 – New Adelphi Hull
- Sunday 17 June 2012 – Kitchen Garden Birmingham
All words by Ged Babey. You can read more from Ged on LTW here.