Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 (Including Peter Buck) Tomorrow

April 25th, 2013

Singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock got his start in music while attending art school in early ’70s London. He played with several bands, including the Soft Boys, before launching a solo career with 1981’s Black Snake Diamond Röle. But Hitchcock didn’t decide to strictly go it alone, because following the release of two more solo albums, he formed the Egyptians, with whom, over the course of a 10 years, he put out a host of LPs, EPs and live recordings. And although somewhere along the way Hitchcock picked up the reputation for being an eccentric, he also earned comparisons to Bob Dylan (for his lyrics and deep repertoire) and John Lennon and Syd Barrett (for his voice). For the past decade or so, Hitchcock, known for his onstage storytelling, has been busy collaborating with others, doing the folkish Spooked with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, and then three albums with the Venus 3—R.E.M.’s Peter Buck on guitar, Young Fresh Fellows’ Scott McCaughey on bass and Ministry’s Bill Rieflin on drums. Backing him with layered harmonies and jangly guitars, the Venus 3 bring out the best in Hitchock (above, doing
“Up to Our Nex” for Spain’s FIB). And you’d be silly to miss them—with Peter Buck opening—tomorrow night at Webster Hall.