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Echo & the Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch on New Album: ‘We Have Hit Another Peak'

“Extra’s” Senior Music Correspondent Adam Weissler talked to Echo & the Bunnyman frontman Ian McCulloch about the band’s new album and recent tour of the states.

The hitmakers from Liverpool have been creating their own brand of melodically beautiful and dark rock music for 40 years. They are known for such songs as “The Killing Moon,” “Lips Like Sugar” and “Bring on the Dancing Horses,” and the band is still going strong.

They just released “The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon”… a new album that transforms and re-imagines many of their most popular songs. It also features two new tracks – “The Somnambulist” and “How Far?”

Regarding touring he said, “There is nothing like knowing that that’s your crowd, and it’s been like the whole year,” Ian said. “It just feels like we have hit another peak.”

He loved the process of making the songs fresh and new. “That was the idea, without tramping on any of the aspects of the originals.”

Of songs like the classic “The Killing Moon,” he said, “It's more than a song, it's everything. It’s ‘To be or not to be.’ But I have the payoff. Shakespeare leaves it rhetorical!”

The album is available now as a limited 2 x picture disc, and more! Check out their website for all the details.