Piroshka (Ex Lush, Modern English, Elastica) Share New Track "What's Next?"

January 14, 2019
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Former LUSH singer/guitarist Miki Berenyi, former Moose guitarist KJ "Moose" McKillop, Modern English bassist Mick Conroy and former Elastica drummer Justin Welch have joined forces for a brand new band out of the U.K., called, Piroshka and will be releasing their debut album Brickbat on February 15th via Bella Union. The band's first track "Everlastingly Yours" was released in early November 2018, and now we have a brand new one -- titled “What's Next?”. 

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Speaking on the new track, Berenyi says, "'What's Next' started life as a guitar-and-drums demo from Justin that he'd called 'Protest' - the drums being inspired by the idea of a protest march. It's one of the very first songs Piroshka worked on together. The lyrics are inspired by the shock and fallout regarding current political upheavals - how this finger-pointing and rage and blame are so damaging, how we need to get back some kind of solidarity if we possibly can because the divisions between us are playing into certain people's hands. Funnily enough, the song was called Time's Up when it was first recorded, but that title then got taken so we thought we'd better change it! It's the only track on the album mixed by Alan Moulder - before we got picked up by Bella Union, we had an album's worth of demos but we only had enough money to get one of them mixed!"

There's a reason for these shoegazey icons getting together. Miki and Moose were notable figures on the scene before living together and raising a family, while Elastica were thier catchy, Britpop peers. After Modern English split (again), Mick became a member of Moose, while Justin joined the reformed Lush in 2015. When Lush were inthe market for a bass player for what proved to be their final show in November 2016, Mick stepped in.

See, it's one big, happy family!

It was those rehearsals that laid the foundations for Piroshka. “We sounded great!” says Justin. “Like a proper punk band. Mick brings a huge amount of enthusiasm and livens up the room, and I thought, this is the kind of band I want to be in again.” Mick agreed. “I’d seen Lush so many times, it was like playing with old friends. Miki agreed it was good fun too. And with Moose available we thought, let’s all have a bash, see what happens.”

What happened was the perfect blend of old and new -- fresh and fierce while at the same time reminiscent of the '90s bands you've grown to love.

Brickbat track listing:

1. This Must Be Bedlam
2. Village Of The Damned
3. Never Enough
4. Blameless
5. What's Next?
6. Hated By The Powers That Be
7. Run For Your Life
8. Heartbeats
9. Everlastingly Yours
10. She's Unreal

Pre-order Brickbat HERE.

PIROSHKA UK/EU TOUR DATES:

3/29 MANCHESTER, UK @ Soup Kitchen
3/30 GLASGOW, UK @ Stereo 
3/31 LEEDS, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
04/04 LONDON, UK @ Oslo
4/05 CAMBRIDGE, UK @ Portland Arms
4/06 BRISTOL, UK @ Rough Trade
4/25 PARIS, FR @ Backstage
4/26 AMSTERDAM, NL @ Bitterzoet
4/27 BERLIN, DE @ Privatclub
4/28 COPENHAGEN, DK @ Vega
5/01 BRUSSELS, BE @ Botanique