It’s been over forty three years since Eric Goulden exploded onto the scene with a silly name and a great and enduring debut in Whole Wide World. Though he didn’t so much explode as splatter all over it. He dried up in the glare of the arc lights and spent the ensuing forty three years growing up in public and running away from himself, his career and his catalogue.
Forty three years
masquerading variously as Wreckless Eric, Captains Of Industry, The
Len Bright Combo, Le Beat Group Electrique, The Donovan Of Trash,
The Hitsville House Band, with a return to Wreckless Eric, a ten
year / three album detour in the husband and wife duo Wreckless Eric &
Amy Rigby, and then back to plain old Wreckless Eric for his
crowning achievement, three albums in quick succession: amERICa, Construction
Time & Demolition and his latest, Transience from 2019.
He’ll tell you it’s a forty three year trail of broken strings, sharded picks, blown speakers, shagged-out amplifiers, and enough tapes and notebooks to fill the lounge diner of a medium sized family house.
Twenty plus albums and a constant worldwide touring schedule say otherwise.
Now, after years of
refusing to bathe in the glow of nostalgia, the artist also known as Wreckless
Eric has decided to explore and embrace his catalogue. No razzamatazz, just the
man himself with an acoustic guitar performing the songs as they may have been
when he first wrote them. The hits, the deep cuts, the also-rans and the plain
bizarre, with forays and interludes on electric guitar and piano.
Best to expect the unexpected. We’re even doing a t shirt…