Former Placebo drummer Steve Hewitt brings his new band Love Amongst Ruin to Dublin with
support from Innercity Pirates Monday 8th November for an intimate show at the Academy 2.
Tickets priced €13.50 incl. booking fee are on sale now.
Hailing from Barry in South Wales, Innercity Pirates were formerly known as My Red Cell.
Writing new material and performing live on a regular basis, they are slowly (but surely) pursuing their way up the proverbial ladder that is the ‘scale of recognition’ with the release of three EP’s and their own ‘Pirate’s night’ at CLWB IFOR BACH in Cardiff.
Forget Rocky, Born On The Fourth Of July or the Robbie Williams comeback; there’s a far more
down-to-earth tale of triumph by perseverance right here in Love Amongst Ruin.
On the 21st September, 2007 Steve Hewitt parted ways with Placebo, the band of which he’d been the drummer, co-songwriter and rock’n’roll lifeblood since 1996.
After two and a half years spent channelling his energy into a very personal album he now returns as the rejuvenated frontman of Love Amongst Ruin, a multi-faceted hard rock band with the crunch of a stone age queen, the crossover appeal of a parkful of linkins and the melodicism of the hardiest fighter of foos. Drop in twists of New Order/Depeche Mode electro-twangle, Can/ Kasabian motorika, Cure atmospherics and hardcore Metallica riffage and you’ve got a bounce-back of potentially Gary Barlow proportions on your hands.
Steve’s resurgence was inevitable: having served time at the stool of such diverse acts as The Boo Radleys, grit-rockers Breed, baggy chart stars K-Klass and Placebo – with whom he tasted huge global success, sharing the journey from post-Britpop indie hype band to multi-million
selling international superstars – the recording studio is Hewitt’s natural habitat. And there he
returned, holing up in his home studio for three months at the end of 2007 with ex-Lamb bassist
and fellow Northwich boy Jon Thorn, jamming on forty or so ideas on drums and upright bass.
Recruiting his brother Nick on guitar and Julian Cope associate Donald Ross Skinner as co- producer and guitarist, LAR decamped to Bath Moles studio for two four-week recording sessions over the summer of 2008 which Steve found “very exhilarating, I really enjoyed it. I dealt with it really well. I had to make sure it was something I could live with afterwards. I was
trying to be true to myself.”
Placebo fans may well find Steve’s lyrics of interest; these songs are drenched in bitterness, bile and betrayal, but nonetheless underpinned with determination, self-belief, hope. Friends may
be inconstant, but tough times will be overcome. “It’s a bunch of break-up songs. I used this
ejection from Placebo for the motivation of the lyrics. Not necessarily completely directed at
Brian (Molko) and Stef (Olsdal) but at the same time it’s hard not to combine that. ‘So Sad’ is
losing a mate which you thought was a mate. With ‘Alone’ I managed to get the word ‘girl’ in there right at the end, but it’s a break-up song.
With a minor Oasis of sibling rivalry ousting Nick from the post-studio line-up, Love Amongst
Ruin made their debut live outing at The Barfly on 11th May backed with Bath musos Steve Hove on lead guitar, Laurie Ross on cello, key’s and percussion and Magnus Lunden on bass.
Steve feels confident he can put the ghosts of Placebo behind him and forge on into a fresher,
brighter stage of his life. Triumph over adversity? Success snatched from the jaws of defeat? We’re only at scene one and there’s a movie already begging to be made about Love Amongst
Tickets for Love Amongst Ruin with support from Innercity Pirates are on sale now priced €13.50 incl. booking fee.