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The colourful character that is Pete Wylie has always proudly flown the flag for his hometown of Liverpool. Back in the 80s, he was a huge driving force in the emerging art indie scene, and has even been described as its best songwriting export, a hefty claim indeed.

Wylie has been a part of many bands; starting in the Crucial Three, lasting a short and sweet two months, with Ian McCulloch and Julian Cope heading off to form Echo & The Bunnyman and Teardrop Explodes. This led to Pete forming Wah! and its many variations (check out Wah! Heat, Say Wah! and The Mighty Wah!)

Exploring their back catalogue you’ll find moments of sheer brilliance like 1982’s The Story of the Blues and Seven Minutes to Midnight, played in a 1980 John Peel Session, who was widely known as a big supporter of Wah! Following a 17 year gap from Songs of Strength and Heartbreak, Pete Sounds is Wylie’s latest work, released in 2017. Maybe Wah! never got the same recognition as Echo & The Bunnymen or Teardrop Explodes, but as time goes on their reputation is gaining credit. Fans can appreciate his humour, intelligence, self-deprecation and talent at The Cluny, Newcastle on Friday 13th and Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Friday 27th March.

Pete Wylie plays The Cluny, Newcastle on Friday 13th and Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Friday 27th March

 

 

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