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Friday, 01 October 2010 06:56

Cub Samples Bloc Party GuitaristBloc Party's Russell Lissack had to be taken to hospital last month after being bitten by a lion cub on the band's recent trip to South Africa.

The guitarist was visiting a wild animal sanctuary in Cape Town while on tour with Nineties' Britpop band Ash in September when the cub bit him, drawing blood. During a break from shows with the Parlotones in Johannesburg and Cape Town, Lissack visited the sanctuary with Ash frontman Tim Wheeler. He was playing with the cuddly lion cub when it attacked. The story first broke at Spinner.

Lissack was taken to hospital, where he received treatment and a tetanus booster. Although Lissack was fine after the attack, according to a band spokesperson, within hours of the musician's visit the hospital was sealed off after two men died of an unrelated, and unidentified, virus. To add to their day's troubles, the band had a car crash on their way back to the hotel.

Happily, no one sustained further injuries and everyone has recovered from the incident. Ash are currently back in the UK, preparing their second anthology of A-Z singles released during the past year. It's not clear whether Lissack will continue playing with the band. Bloc Party have been on a break since October 2009, and since then frontman Kele Okereke has decided to pursue his solo career. Lissack's electronic pop side project with Milena Mepris, Pin Me Down, released their debut in April.

 

Cub Samples Bloc Party GuitaristAsh have previously revealed they will take touring guitar player Russell Lissack on full-time if his band Bloc Party don't reform.  Lissack, who previously played in an Ash covers band, has been touring with the Northern Ireland band since the start of their UK tour in April this year.

A-Z Vol II is due for release on October 11.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 October 2010 08:17
 
(UK)

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Late 80's and 90's band The Sundays always had exactly the right name for a band whose albums were perfect for a lazy Sunday morning. Just as the music of The Sundays is remembered fondly for the ethereal sound of Harriet Wheeler's vocals, the same can be said about the fledgling recordings of Let's Buy Happiness and the melodic tones of Sarah Hall. This is not a disservice to the musical abilities of Wheeler's partner David Gavurin or to the undoubted talents of band members of Let's Buy Happiness (which are all integral parts of the whole), but it is a fact of life in popular music - as 70's musician and composer Richard Carpenter may attest. The resemblance of Hall's voice to that of Wheeler's is both uncanny and welcome at the same time.

"They take the ecclesiastical soundscape as designed by Robin Guthrie [of the Cocteau Twins] et al and give it a poppy spin... [Sarah Hall's] got a voice that connotes angelic purity," Paul Lester wrote for the Guardian. "If Let's Buy Happiness had been around circa 1989/90, they would have been duking it out with The Sundays for the front cover of Melody Maker or NME."

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