The announcement of the full Coachella lineup a few weeks ago was a double-edged sword for fans of Pulp, the iconic Brit-pop band who fashion-rock tunes about rave drugs, the British class system, and Gen X ennui barred them from any substaintial Stateside success but still made them cult heroes here.
On the one hand, it was exciting to know that after reforming last year, they would finally be making their way to the U.S. On the other hand, was it going to take a trip to the desert to sing along with frontman Jarvis Cocker on the chorus of “Disco 2000”?
Luckily, the band heard the cries from people in two other cities, and this morning they announced that they’ll be playing an additional pair of shows in the U.S., which makes four sets total if you count the two weekends at Coachella.
The new dates will take them to New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on April 11 and to San Francisco’s Warfield on April 17. The New York show will be the band’s first sojourn to the United States since 1998, when they went on a brief tour in support of their 1998 album This Is Hardcore.
While they never scored any charting hits in the U.S., Pulp’s influence runs deep. You can hear their cheeky fusion of pop, glam, dance rhythms, and later the hum of alt-rock in the bevy of Brit-biting American bands who have come up in the past decade (like the Killers). And many of their big singles in their native Britain—especially “Common People,” “Sorted For E’s & Wizz,” and “Help The Aged”—soundtracked many a movie scene and teenage-Anglophile make-out session.
Though they haven’t produced a new album since 2001’s We Love Life, considering they put out their first album way back in 1983, they’ve got plenty of songs in the hopper to bust out across an extended headlining set.
They’ll undoubtedly run through the key tunes, but here are are two virtual votes for the Radio City show (which I would totally camp outside for tickets for if that was a thing people still did): The This Is Hardcore single “Like a Friend” (which you’ll notice was also on the soundtrack of the underrated Ethan Hawke/Gwyneth Paltrow Great Expectations), and the underloved Different Class tune “Underwear.” Honestly, could they just play all of His & Hers as well?
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