Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Echo & The Bunnymen’s Guitarist Doesn’t Need New Tricks

MANCHESTER, England (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – For Will Sergeant, guitarist for ’80s new wave survivors Echo & the Bunnymen, you can teach a dog new tricks – he just may not need them.

That’s what Sergeant says about his approach to writing music with Echo frontman Ian McCulloch – with whom he’s had a steady and fruitful musical partnership since 1978.

According to Sergeant, “not much has changed” since the band’s heady, big-hair heyday of the 1980s, when Echo & the Bunnymen topped charts with songs like “The Killing Moon” and “Bring On The Dancing Horses.”

Sergeant adds that, “The music industry has changed – not all for the better, but mostly,” even as the situations he says he finds himself in during songwriting haven’t.

In his words, “There are little tricks, habits you learn along the way – but I still surprise myself sometimes and say, ‘Well, where did THAT come from?”

Those who counted Echo & The Bunnymen out as has-beens may be surprised at the critical and commercial success of their recent album, Siberia, which they are touring behind this summer.

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