China Crisis To Play The Gov Tonight…

CHINA CRISIS tour Australia for the First Time Ever! Liverpudlian 80’s New Wave legends will be Performing their Greatest Hits & Fan Favourites – Wishful Thinking, Working With Fire and Steel, Black Man Ray, Arizona Sky, African and White, King in a Catholic Style (Wake Up), Christian, Tragedy and Mystery and heaps more! China Crisis were formed in 1979 by Gary Daly and Eddie Lundon who are still in absolute top form

CHINA CRISIS were part of a vibrant early 80’s Liverpool-based musical renaissance responsible for producing OMD, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Teardrop Explodes, A Flock of Seagulls and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The sound of CHINA CRISIS has become distinctive amongst their peers, often combining elements from other genres. 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. Eddie Lundon talks to Hi Fi Way about the tour.

It is great that China Crisis are finally on tour in Australia?
Well, I will say, I’ll say yes, the moment I step onto the plane because as you probably know, the amounts of times we were supposed to been over there, gremlins have happened and it doesn’t happen for some reason. I’m pretty convinced it’s going to happen this time, you never know until you’re in the air.

Has it taken quite a bit of work to get the planets to align?
I’m on my way Rob! I’m on my way! You’d have no idea. I mean, ever since the eighties, every time we were supposed to go, something has happened. Something has happened to just stop it. I haven’t got a clue why and as you know, over the last couple years with the Covid pandemic and everything, three times it got cancelled. It’s crazy, but eventually we’ll be there.

Have you noticed much of a difference with the whole sort of touring landscape?
I think the apprehension is still there. There’s lots of things going on with, more recently we’ve been playing in the UK. Two months ago we were in the States for five and a half weeks or whatever, since then we’ve been in the UK and there’s all kinds of things going on here. There’s a massive recession kicking in for one, the you big energy crisis with fuel bills and all that. There are still the remnants of the Covid thing, which is still very much there, I don’t know whether it’s gone to like herd community or whatever, where people are just venting out now because there’s no lockdowns anymore.

Saying that, I’d say that there is still a big apprehension of all their other elements from the energy crisis to the recession to, so people have to prioritise. We’ve been getting through really well to be perfectly honest. All our shows are selling out and everything, but I know that certain venues are struggling, lots of people are not going to all the shows that that they could go to. I suppose people have to prioritise now, both financially and for their wellbeing and everything. So it has changed in that in that respect. The audience are great, they’re absolutely fantastic. People just couldn’t wait to get back out again and start going to shows after the last couple of years.

Australia seems to be going through the exact same thing, it almost seems like we are trying to do ourselves out of existence?
I couldn’t agree more with you. It is totally bizarre. I think it’s a global thing what’s going, it’s not just Australia or the UK or whatever. People are suffering everywhere from the energy crisis, interest rates, everything is bizarre, you know, it’s just bizarre. I did notice in the news just a couple of days ago in Australia that another ship had come in with something with eight hundred people with Covid onboard. Not to sound too pessimistic, but I was thinking, oh my God, I hope they don’t close it down again the night before we get there

With an illustrious back catalogue and so much awesome music in the China Crisis back catalogue is there an element of making up for lost time? We’ll happily have you play for four or five hours but how will you squeeze it all in?
I tell you what, we do play quite long. We’ll play a couple of hours and obviously we’ve never been there. There’s forty years of history of the music. So we want to try and get something from all our albums covering all the periods of time. It’s going to be exciting, it’s going to be fun. There’s going to be a lot of tracks that people don’t know album tracks, but there’ll be a lot of tracks that people do know. It’s a real mixture, really and I’m looking forward to that.

How much does it mean to you knowing how impactful these songs are and how much they mean to people?
Oh, absolutely, absolutely. Gary turns round funnily enough. Gary turns round and says when we are live on stage that we have been together so long, like forty years there’s very few surprises. The exciting thing is when you hear the audience singing, which is absolutely great. It’s a great feeling, the songs have lasted the test of time really. We enjoy it and enjoy playing live. We do a hell of a lot of it and try and get to as many places as we can.

What do you think it is that continues to resonate with fans about the China Crisis back catalogue and keeps people coming back to this timeless music?
I think you just hit the nail on the head. I think it’s really important to have a portfolio of songs. I don’t think it’s good enough anymore just to have or be one hit wonders and expect to have a full audience for a sell out audience. I think that people want more than that from a show. I couldn’t probably think of anything worse than going through a gig and waiting around all night to listen to one song.

It’s a really comforting feeling that there’s consistency. I think that’s why there’s still an audience because the whole evening is the entertainment as opposed to hanging around for that one hit that someone might have. I think it’s those types of artists that are struggling really with the live shows. It’s the ones that haven’t got the portfolio of songs that are struggling to sell out shows. It’s like what you said, it’s all about having that history, having the collection and the songs, and they still sound good as well and still sound kind of fresh. They don’t sound dated or anything like that, so we’re pleased about that. Absolutely.

What are you looking forward to the most about touring Australia for the first time?
It’s been on our hit list forever. We’ve always wanted to go there. I ended up coming to the state of mind where the thoughts of if I ever get over there now it’s going to be on a holiday. I thought that the opportunity to go and play live there was gone but it hasn’t, so that’s really exciting. I want to really soak it up. I want to enjoy going to the wonderful sites in Sydney from the Opera House to the Bridge. Looking forward to Melbourne, it’s renowned for its food and I’m looking forward to all that. I’m looking forward to the Australian way of life and culture, it’ll be great.

With a rock-solid back catalogue has there been any temptation or is it as high on the priority list to do another album?
It’s not as high, but we have writing songs, we’ve got so many little projects on the go now anyway, obviously all the playing we’ve just done we recorded a live DVD for the fortieth anniversary in Liverpool with a fifteen-piece band. We’ve got another album in the process of obscure tracks and more well-known songs, which I wouldn’t say classically arranged for, but used strings and used horns and that kind of stuff on it. So, we’ve done kind of a different rendition of a lot of the older songs, it’s not ready for the release yet, but that will be coming out soon. We have got new songs, so we’ll probably start recording them at some point, we’ve never been as busy. It’s been incredibly productive and a busy time for us.

Interview By Rob Lyon

Catch China Crisis at The Gov tonight, tickets from Metropolis Touring

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