The Distractions were the great lost band of the new wave era. Factory single legends, one rated and feted album, a batch of classic songs and an awful lot of “whatever happened to?” And now they’re back.
Few albums have ever been as “long-awaited” as the band’s second, The End Of The Pier, out on Occultation Recordings on 27th August. The likes of Dexys may rush into a new album after just 26 years whereas it’s been 32 years since The Distractions’ debut, Nobody’s Perfect.
Some may lament a “loss of naivety” in the songwriting but others will celebrate a band that is not merely resting on its laurels but has moved on to document their lives. Part of The Distractions’ appeal was always that they sprang from and represented their audience. The songs on The End Of The Pier deal in ageing, loss, friendship and how it stands up to the rigours of distance, emotional and physical. Says main songwriter Steve Perrin: “I live near the end of a pier. It's also the last stop on the tram line, so the choice is, do you go off into the unknown or turn around and go back to what you're used to? A lot of the tension in the album comes from considering that choice.” He goes on to reflect that “From a practical point of view this was the easiest record we've ever made. Emotionally it was the most challenging.”
The End Of The Pier
The second album by Manchester legends The Distractions
Come Home EP
The Distractions' comeback EP
Black Velvet EP
Three Distractions tracks recorded mid-1990s