Reunions — August 9, 2014 at 10:38 am

Let’s Active reuniting for first performance in 24 years tonight at N.C. cancer benefit

Let's Active circa 2014

Jangle-pop favorites Let’s Active will reunite on stage in Carrboro, N.C., for the first time in 24 years tonight at a teenage cancer benefit, with bandleader and R.E.M. producer Mitch Easter joined by founding drummer Sara Romweber and Game Theory bassist Suzi Ziegler filling in for original member Faye Hunter, who took her own life last summer.

Tonight’s performance at the Cat’s Cradle is part of Be Loud! ’14, a benefit for the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation in memory of 15-year-old Sophie Steiner, who died of cancer last August.

Easter tells the News & Observer that he’d sought to reunite the early ’80s incarnation of Let’s Active.

“I never wanted to play again as Let’s Active unless it was with those people who were in it at the beginning. I’ve always felt like any old band that goes away and then tries to come back should make it as much like the first version as possible. The fact that Sara wanted to do this was really inspiring. Of course, it’s horrible not to have Faye here to do it with us. There will obviously never be a real original Let’s Active show again. But this feels legit to me because of Suzi and her connection to the whole thing.”

Easter, the only constant in Let’s Active’s original 1981-to-1990 run, previously worked with Ziegler when he produced Game Theory’s 1986 album The Big Shot Chronicles.

Of the band’s rehearsals, he says:

“Everything’s really fast, which is impressive. It’s also complicated. It may not sound like it, but it is, which has been a challenge for Suzi because the bass parts are very riffy and specific. It’s like math rock, even though no one else would hear it that way. And it’s a bit of a challenge to keep up with. First time through, I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, I’m gonna need an oxygen tank to do this.’ Yeah, there were places on those records where I was totally singing out of tune, but I don’t care.”

Read more of Easter’s interview at newsobserver.com.

 

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6 Comments

  1. Please please, do more than just one show. And why wasn’t this show noted before?

  2. This is tremendous news! It’s very sad that Faye can’t be part of it, but the show will certainly honor her memory even as it promotes its stated cause. I hope someone records this and makes it available! Let’s Active are the best.

    And weird coincidence: Right before reading this, I was standing in line at the coffee stand listening to “Big Shot Chronicles” on my walkman. What a timeless record. Yay Suzy Ziegler!

  3. wow! i would love a recording of this?

  4. Other NC bands the Dex Romweber Duo (including Sara) and Dex (of course – founded the Flat Duo Jets back in the day), The Connells and The Pressure Boys (out of whom Johnny Quest and The Sex Police formed) played on Friday as well. It was a great night!

  5. Thank the almighty universe that N.C. has it’s artists and beautiful landscapes – those 2 things and my family are the only reasons why I go back to visit my homestate…

  6. Someone has finally posted some video of this show to Youtube, it’s easy to find and worth a view. Looks like it was quite an evening!

    In the immortal words of Scott Miller, “More of those please, whoever doles them out.”

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