Slyder Smith may be a familiar local face if you shop in Paprika or walk your dog in Hoyles Road park. But you may not know him as co-founder of 1990s glam-punk band Last Great Dreamers.
This Friday night at the Beambridge Inn the re-formed band plays again for only the second time in almost 20 years.
In the mid-’90s, as London’s Soho shook to the sound of the band’s hard-edged, distinctly British take on power-pop, Last Great Dreamers released their debut album Retrosexual, a love letter to the early ’70s glam scene.
The band caught the attention of Kerrang! magazine, resulting in a flurry of impressive live reviews and an awards nomination for ‘best new band’. LGD toured all over the UK and developed a still-loyal following but real star status eluded them.
The band played their last gig in 1997. “We had a certain amount of success but it didn’t take use where we wanted to get to,” reflected Slyder, now 44.
“Now we’re happy to take the reunion wherever it leads. We’re not 20 years old and pushing for record deals any more.”
After a come-back gig in London last month the band has released their second album – titled Crash Landing In Teenage Heaven. There’s also a single ASHTRAY EYES available for download.
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