a short site about The Divine Comedy

Gin-soaked boys for night of love

Gin-soaked boys and frog princesses will be treated to a night of love songs when the Divine Comedy play a low-key warm-up date at Belfast’s Empire Music Hall on Sunday.

Neil Hannon and his mates, possibly the first band to ever write an ode to a bus company and have it become one of their biggest hits to date, have just completed work on their first new studio album since Fin De Siècle in 1998.

And Belfast punters will no doubt be able to get a taste of the eagerly awaited, as yet untitled work which is due out in March.

Tracks confirmed on the new album include Regeneration, Eye of the Needle, The Beauty Regime and Mastermind, which rather worringly started life as but of a Garth Brooks country and western ditty.

But the Divine Comedy haven’t just been cooped up in a recording studio since we last heard of them.

Neil has collaborated in a band callled The 6th. And pianist Joby Talbot passed time compasing the music for the excellent League of Gentlemen.

Tickets are £12.50.

Joanne McAuley
The Belfast Telegraph 01/2001