Budgie (Siouxsie & The Banshees) & Lol Tolhurst (The Cure) prep album as LXB
Two iconic post-punk drummers -- Budgie (ex Siouxsie & The Banshees / The Creatures) and Lol Tolhurst (ex The Cure) -- have formed a new project called LXB and are prepping their debut album. As Slicing Up Eyeballs note, the pair broke the news on SiriusXM's “Volume West” show on Friday (which was World Goth Day). LXB got its start in part thanks to The Trap Set's Joe Wong (a drummer himself and composer), who invited Budgie to breakfast while he was in L.A. on tour with John Grant. Joe brought along Lol and the two reconnected. Also at that breakfast as Kevin Haskins, drummer for Bauhaus and Love and Rockets, who was also originally going to be part of the project but then he got busy with the Bauhaus reunion. They hope to still have Haskins on the record.
LXB's album was made with producer Jacknife Lee, and is set to feature appearances from Kim Gordon, Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie and IDLES guitarist Mark Bowen. Tolhurst says there are 13 tracks with the music finished but a few still need vocals (and vocalists). “Obviously, it’s two drummers, so it’s very, very rhythmic,” Tolhurst told "Volume West" hosts Lyndsey Parker and Davey Havok (of AFI), with Budgie adding, “It’s a real amalgamation of some early Cure and Creatures. It’s neither of those things in whole, but… it sounds very ‘the spirit of 77.'”
Additionally, Budgie & Lol announced they're starting a new goth-oriented podcast titled “The Bleak End" that will be about the early days of The Cure and the Banshees and will have them talking with other musicians from that era. Stay tuned.