Echo & The Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant has enlisted former bandmate and current Wild Swans bassist Les Pattinson to take part in a new instrumental band called Poltergeist that he says falls “somewhere between krautrock and prog rock,” and which already is rehearing this week in Liverpool in advance of recording a four-track EP.
According to Poltergeist’s just-launched Facebook page, the new group consists of Sergeant, Pattinson — an original member of the Bunnymen who reunited with Sergeant and Ian McCulloch in 1997 only to leave the band two years later — and current Bunnymen drummer Nick Kilroe.
In an interview Sunday on the BBC, Sergeant discussed the project, saying, “I want it to be a bit progressive, really. Somewhere between krautrock and prog rock. I don’t know what it’s going to be like, really. … It’s a different thing. It’s going to be an instrumentally kind of Mogwai thing.”
It’s been a busy year for Sergeant. He released a fan-funded solo album, Things Inside, which also featured an appearance by Pattinson, and staged an art show, dubbed “My Own Worst Enemy,” in Los Angeles. And as for Sergeant’s day job, the Bunnymen have a handful of summer and fall festival dates on the books.
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