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The Wildhearts Return, Come to Brooklyn

May 31st, 2013

It’s not often that a band is compared to both the Beatles and Metallica. But thanks to their heavy metal sound and melodic pop hooks, this has often been the case with the Wildhearts. The English group, now a quartet with Ginger (vocals and guitar), CJ (guitar and vocals), Ritch Battersby (drums) and “Random” John Poole (bass), originally formed in 1989. Making music has never been a problem for these guys: They released eight studio albums over the course of 16 years, the last of which being Chutzpah! (stream it below), and had several Top 20 singles. But, nevertheless, there were always problems along the way—band members getting replaced, fighting with record companies, drugs, depression and multiple hiatuses. The most recent one began in 2010 and lasted until this past December, when, newly regrouped, they played a sold-out show in London. It went so well that they did another four dates across the UK. And that went so well that the Wildhearts  (above, performing “I Wanna Go Where the People Go”) are coming our way to play Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow night, doing their “greatest hits and finest moments” from their entire catalog. And as an additional bonus, the Ginger Wildheart Band play Mercury Lounge the next night.