Published Feb 15, 2012All Tomorrow's Parties events often involve a reunion set or two, and the trend continues this year when long-dormant gospel yeh-yeh specialists the Make-Up return after 12 years of inactivity at the festival's "I'll Be Your Mirror" weekend in London, May 25 to 27.
According to a press release, the reunion, which takes place May 27, comes at the request of festival organizers. It's unclear at this point whether or not this is a one-off appearance.
Formed in 1995, the Washington, DC outfit specialized in politically minded bursts that blended elements of soul, punk, funk, garage and more. The group, which often wore matching uniforms, featured former members of Nation of Ulysses and Cupid Car Club, and following their disbandment in 2000, singer Ian Svenonius and bassist Michelle Mae re-teamed for Scene Creamers/Weird War.
Svenonius currently leads Chain & the Gang, while guitarist James Canty is a longtime member of Ted Leo & the Pharmacists.
The Make-Up set isn't the only reunion performance at "I'll Be Your Mirror." Late last year, we learned that Cincinnati alt-rock unit the Afghan Whigs will headline the fest. Other acts playing from May 25 to 27 include Ultramagnetic MCs, Slayer (who will perform 1986's Reign In Blood in full), Mogwai, Dirty Three, Codeine, Archers of Loaf, Tennis, Harvey Milk, and more.