Who are The Lovers?

The Lovers is the brainchild of Tom Hingley – former lead singer of The Inspiral Carpets, a band that along with The Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses defined everything that was good about the UK music-scene at the beginning of the 1990’s.

Despite, or because of, over 20 top 40 hits, seven Top of the Pops appearances, a rock solid fan base and successful tours all over the world The Inspirals ran out of steam in 1995 and Hingley drifted into solo projects on the fringes of the pop mainstream.

However, a chance encounter in 2001 with Steve Hanley – former bassist and longest serving musician with legendary Manchester band, The Fall (that broke up in 1998 after a much publicised stage fight in New York), led Hingley and Hanley to join forces in The Lovers. Despite kids, mortgages and the onset of 40, both still shared an intense passion and desire to make, perform and record great music.…

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Highlights Out Now!

One of the pleasures of listening to Inspirals frontman Tom Hingley band The Lovers is hearing a voice being set free: it soars and sings, like really sings. Makes a nice change in a climate of resolutely non-singing plastic indie bands. Lyrically clever and at times moving (‘3am’) this is a grown up album. While no young Turks themselves, The Lovers have enough energy and vigour to power a Tesco Megaplex and it’s extra 120,000 sq ft of illegally built floor space. Saying that though, the energy is reigned in and controlled. Some of the slower tracks here almost seethe….in a good way mind.

The songs are intelligent, fun, deep, and toe-tappingly tremendous. Tom steers the sound lyrically and vocally away from the Inspirals, but the ear for a good hook is there in spades. For example I challenge you to listen to ‘Kick Out The Clocks’ and not be humming it for the rest of your life.

A departure from previous album ‘Abba Are The Enemy’, less raucous but no less angry ‘Highlights’ is a superb collection of songs by a band who deserve to have strangers chanting their surnames football style.…

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The wonderful (& Frightening) world of the Lovers

Welcome to the new website. Very nice too. Thanks, Andrew! From now on reviews, inteviews etc will be posted on the ‘Media’ page and we’ll try and keep this page clear for news etc. Got that? OK!

Steve Hanley will be contributing to the upcoming BBC4 documentary on ‘The Fall’ – the following is from The Guardian

The Fall: The Wonderful And Frightening World Of Mark E Smith 21st January 2005 9pm BBC FOUR BBC FOUR focuses on one of England’s truly unique and under-rated bands – The Fall in this special documentary. One of the most enigmatic, idiosyncratic and chaotic garage bands of the last 30 years, The Fall are lead by the belligerent and poetic Mark E Smith and grew out of the fringe of the Manchester punk scene and to date have released in excess of three dozen albums, toured relentlessly, inspired two successful stage plays, recorded 24 Peel Sessions, performed with contemporary ballet dancer Michael Clarke along with various spoken word events. All this has happened under the guidance of Smith with various line-ups currently totalling over 40 different members. They have never conformed to fashion or musical trends and when asked why they were his favourite band, John Peel replied “They are always different, they are always the same.” This is the first time that Mark E Smith has agreed to the story being told on television and he along with many of the major players take us through this unique English rock ‘n’ roll story. Their rollercoaster story is told alongside footage of their most recent and sadly now last Peel Session recorded in August at the legendary BBC Maida Vale studios, there is also film of John playing out the session at Peel Acres a week later. Contributors include past and present band members including Marc Riley, Una Baines, Steve Hanley, Ben Pritchard and Eleni Smith plus thoughts from key fans/critics including Paul Morley, Tony Wilson, Stewart Lee, promoter Alan Wise, original Buzzcocks manager Richard Boon and Franz Ferdinand.…

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60 % of Lovers now 40, survey claims…

This weekend (Friday 8th July) saw The Lovers live at Junktion 7 (That’s their spelling, by the way) supported by South Parade and Ernest. South Parade were good enough to send us a review of the gig from their website (where South Parade get  the best review, funnily enough.) Tom turned 40 at Midnight and a good time was had by all. You can read the review at :

There’s a couple of the pictures from it below. Warning: If you see the man in the middle of the final picture DO NOT APPROACH.

See you all at BOMFEST next Saturday. See Gig guide for details.…

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BOMFEST – the evidence…. (26/07/2005)

Tom Hingley &  The Lovers blistering set brought proceedings at the Barnsley BOMfest to a suitably energetic conclusion. The band would like to thank the organisers for a fantastic event (it didn’t even overrun!) Pictorial evidence is reproduced blow for your  visual delectation.

 

Thanks for the pictures must go to  the very brilliant Bob Rose, whose website is www.EyesOpen.co.uk

 

The full set of BOMfest photos is visible at www.EyesOpen.co.uk/BOMFest2005

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Lovers to play Manchester Ritz

Tom Hingley and the Lovers are very pleased to announce they’ll be playing Manchester Ritz on October 28th. The gig is a fundraiser for Oxjam. Headlining are Monaco featuring the legendary Peter Hook  – this is their first gig for a number of years. There’s loads of great acts on the bill with more to be announced. Tickets are available from the Oxjam website:

http://www.oxfam.org.uk/get_involved/fundraise/oxjam/index.php…

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Tour Highlights of ‘Highlights’ Tour

The new album by Tom Hingley and the Lovers – ‘Highlights’  – is finally complete and will be released March 2008. Release details will follow soon, but the album contains songs that touch on such universal themes as Love (‘Highlights’); Religion (‘All of My Time’); Lions (‘Venomous’);Credit Crunch (‘Kick Out The Clocks’) and the pretentious Manchester disteict of Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, where Tom can’t afford to buy a house (but he’s not at all bitter about it) (‘Evergreen’)

The band will be playing a number of dates to coincide with it’s release. The first four have been announced and you can see details in our ‘gigs’ section.…

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