members of Lush, Elastica, Moose, and Modern English form new band Piroshka
Fans of '90s UK shoegaze and indie take note: Miki Berenyi of Lush has formed a new band called Piroshka which also features KJ McKillop of Moose, Justin Welch of Elastica, and Michael Conroy of Modern English (who filled in on bass for Lush at their final show when Phil King quit). Miki had been teasing the project for a couple days, revealing member by member and then announcing the full lineup and band name this evening. While there has been no music shared, Piroshka's live debut happens November 27 (location TBA).
While it's exciting to have Miki starting a new group after the recent reformation and dissolution of Lush, it's just as exciting to this writer that K.J. McKillop is part of the band, as Moose were one of the most underrated and underheard groups of the '90s (their debut ...XYZ is a lost classic) and he has been mostly out of the music scene since Moose's final album, High Ball Me, in 2000. He and Miki, however, have been a dreampop dream team for a while with two kids together.
Justin Welch, meanwhile, played drums for Lush on their 2016 comeback tour (original drummer Chris Acland died in 1996) and in addition to Elastica, Justin Welch was (along with Justine Frischmann) in an early incarnation of Suede.
Michael Conroy actually played on a Moose record, too, having contributed bass to a couple songs on their third album, Live a Little Love a Lot, including opening cut "Play God" which also featured Cocteau Twins singer Elizabeth Fraser.
If Piroshka's logo has a classic 4AD look to it, that's because it was designed by Chris Bigg of 4AD design house 23 Envelope/V23. Check that out, and a few other pics of the band, plus tweets from Miki, below.