- This event has passed.
The early 1980’s heralded a second Liverpool-based musical renaissance responsible for producing not just new wave legends OMD, but also the diverse likes of Echo and the Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes, A Flock of Seagulls and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Amongst these lauded Merseyside acts was China Crisis, emerging in 1981 from their native Kirkby as the songwriting duo of vocalist/keyboardist Gary Daly and guitarist / vocalist Eddie Lundon, who over the years have been accompanied by a gifted and creative but ever-mutable group of musicians both on stage and in their recordings.
Citing influences as varied as Davie Bowie, Stevie Wonder and Eric Satie, their sound has become distinctive amongst their peers, often combining elements of jazz, reggae, country and other styles with their own unique melodies and harmonies. The identifiable sound of China Crisis has stood out from the crowd and garnered the band eleven UK Top 50 singles and three UK Top 40 albums, as well as commercial success in Western Europe, Australia and America.
In 2015, Gary and Eddie released the seventh China Crisis studio album to great acclaim via the fan-funded PledgeMusic marketplace and that same year the band were approached by Sir Robin Millar to participate in a special compilation album, 80’s Re:Covered (featuring top 80’s artists covering some of their own favourite songs from earlier decades), contributing a cover of the Carole King classic “It’s Too Late” performed in the style of their own hit “Christian”.
Meanwhile China Crisis classics have been sampled into modern singles by the likes of French Montana and Action Bronson, and the band’s “Wall of God” was included in the hit film Gone Girl, all introducing their music to a whole new audience.
2018 marks the 35th anniversary of the esteemed album Working with Fire and Steel and we cannot wait to welcome these legends to The Venue in Cork City.