Published Jan 24, 2011While '90s English imports Suede weren't exactly running on all cylinders in 2010, the group did get back together after a lengthy hiatus to play a gig and they released a greatest-hits package. Apparently, those activities have reinvigorated the outfit, as they have announced some more concerts, as well as the reissuing of their entire back catalogue.
Digital Spy points to an XFM interview with singer Brett Anderson explaining that Suede are deep in the throes of remastering all of their studio albums: 1993's Suede, 1994's Dog Man Star, 1996's Coming Up, 1999's Head Music and 2002's A New Morning.
"This is the definitive collection of pretty much everything we released in 14 years together -- and some stuff which we didn't," Anderson explained. "It's all remastered and includes unreleased, never-before-heard oddities and gems which even I'd forgotten about. It's the complete audio history of a band and, like any band of interest, it's flawed, strange and sometimes beautiful."
Perhaps most excitingly, guitarist Bernard Butler, who declined to participate in last year's reunion gig, is on board for the project. Butler left the band halfway through the recording of Dog Man Star and ended up charting a solo career. He and Anderson did briefly reunite in 2004 as the Tears, however.
As Anderson said, all of the reissues, which will come out via Demon Records sometime in June, will feature a number of demos and other assorted oddities, though tracklistings have yet to appear.
"I was emailing Bernard about demos from the first two albums this morning, strange things people haven't heard before the original four-track demo of 'Introducing The Band'," Anderson said.
The Britpop band will play a handful of gigs this spring in support of the collections. Suede will travel to this side of the pond to play Coachella on April 16, playing as "the London Suede" for legal reasons. A stop at the SOS Festival in Murcia, Spain is schedule for May 7.
A three-night stand at London's Brixton O2 Academy in May will see the troupe trotting out three of their albums in full: Suede (May 19), Dog Man Star (May 20), and Coming Up (May 21). Catch them if you can.