‘Kiss Me’ singer Leigh Nash joins 10,000 Maniacs as lead vocalist


10,000 Maniacs —PHOTO FROM MANIACS.COM

10,000 Maniacs —PHOTO FROM MANIACS.COM

Together with her spiky blunt minimize and ethereal vocals, Leigh Nash was one of many enduring photos of Nineteen Nineties pop music. She and guitarist Matt Slocum shaped the Christian various rock band Sixpence None the Richer in Texas earlier than settling and making a reputation for themselves in Nashville, Tennessee.

Their hits had been few however distinct and included the ’90s theme track “Kiss Me” and covers of “There She Goes” by The La’s, and “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded Home. They continued to carry out in the US, however their reputation diminished within the early 2000s.

New period

Two months in the past, the band 10,000 Maniacs introduced that they had taken on Nash as their new lead vocalist and Slocum as guitarist after studying that vocalist Mary Ramsey and guitarist Jeff Erickson had been leaving the band “to pursue different pursuits.” “After 30 years and 5 albums as 10,000 Maniacs lead singer and violist, Mary Ramsey shall be taking a step again from her main position within the band,” an announcement launched on their web site maniacs.com learn. “As we start to usher within the new period, we may also say goodbye to Maniacs’ guitarist Jeff Erickson after 20 years of touring and recording with the band.”

Its different members embody drummer Jerome Augustyniak, keyboardist Dennis Drew, bass guitarist Steven Gustafson and guitarist John Lombardo.

Nash and Slocum started enjoying with the band in mid-Could, though no bulletins had been made by then. It’s attention-grabbing to see how Nash will carry out the songs within the band’s catalog, a lot of which had been written and popularized by Natalie Service provider whose voice is inextricably linked with 10,000 Maniacs.

In 1981, on the age of 17, Service provider joined the Maniacs and stayed for 12 years earlier than leaving to pursue a solo profession. She cited “a scarcity of artistic management” for leaving and went on to launch “Tigerlily” in 1995, her first solo album that might go on to promote 5 million copies.

Like poetry

The songs she wrote for the band learn like poetry and embody “These Are Days,” “Just like the Climate” and “Bother Me.” One of the vital evocative stanzas for this author is from “Verdi Cries,” from the band’s 1987 album “In My Tribe,” the place she writes: “I draw a jackal-headed girl within the sand/ Sing of a lover’s destiny sealed by jealous hate/ Then wash my hand within the sea.”

Ramsey has been with the band the longest, enjoying the violin and viola, and doing backup vocals on the band’s 1993 “MTV Unplugged” album. She took over as lead vocalist and songwriter after Service provider left. The band had one other vocalist, Oskar Saville, who carried out with them from 2002 to 2007 till Ramsey ultimately returned.

As 10,000 Maniacs begins its “new period” with its new vocalist and guitarist, they’re already busy planning exhibits for his or her 2024 Revival Tour.

“We’re very excited to be enjoying once more and particularly excited with two great musicians, Leigh Nash and Matt Slocum from Sixpence None The Richer,” they introduced on their web site.

“We plan on enjoying all of the previous haunts and a few new ones, and hope to see you there. Our first exhibits with Leigh and Matt offered out and we’re wanting ahead to extra of these,” they added.



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