Interview – Echo & The Bunnymen

Echo & The Bunnymen have recently announced a reissue of their first four albums on vinyl. We decided it would be a good chance to catch up with Will Sergeant and find out a little more about what’s going on with the band. Read on below for more info!

By Jane Howkins

The band recently announced they were reissuing their first four albums on vinyl – Crocodiles, Heaven Up Here, Porcupine and Ocean Rain. Why did you decide to do the reissues now?

We had been suggesting to the label (Warners) that they re-release the albums on vinyl for quite a while. They finally woke up as they could not ignore the rise in vinyl sales any longer. 

Would you ever consider reissuing any of your later albums?

I think there are currently plans afoot to release several of the later records.

Your last album, The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon, was released in 2018. Do you have a new album planned for release anytime soon?

I did some recording on several of Mac’s (Ian McCulloch) new songs in 2019 but I’ve not been told anything since about the new record, so I’m not exactly sure what the state of play is.

Has the writing and recording process for the band changed a lot since you first started?

Yes, it’s changed a lot, although I no longer have a great say in the records. This pretty much started with the album What Are You Going to Do With Your Life in 1999.

And have your influences changed much over the years? What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend?

I will always be a 60s head at heart, but I also love experimental records and electronic music.

You have a tour coming up in the spring of next year; are you excited about that? Is there anywhere you’re particularly looking forward to playing?

It’s a little bit daunting as we have not played live since 2019. Barrowlands in Glasgow is always a great place to play, though, so I’m looking forward to that.

What can people expect from an Echo & The Bunnymen gig and why would you say people should come and see you perform live?

I expect it will be all the hits with some favourites that we haven’t played in a while. To be honest though, I’m not consulted much regarding the set list.

Has the pandemic hindered the work of the band much?

Oh yes! It’s hindered every aspect of life and work for everyone. 

And, finally, any last words for the fans?

Stay safe.