The 36-year wait is nearly over. After releasing their debut ‘Great Aspirations’ CD under the moniker TC&I ten months ago, songwriter and XTC co-frontman Colin Moulding and original XTC drummer Terry Chambers have announced a string of live dates in October. The new collective will be playing an exclusive mini-residency at Swindon Wyvern Theatre & Arts Centre, consisting of four evenings – on Oct 29th, 30th, 31st and Nov 1st. Other dates may be added for the following month.
“These dates are probably commensurate with our output thus far. We’re not going to do the usual promoters’ circuit. Besides it’s kind of special this way. Like a stationary west end show or something,” says Colin Moulding.
“Exciting times. 18 months ago couldn’t see this happening – I’m as excited about these gigs as I was in 1973 playing our first gig at the Arts Centre Swindon as a 17 year Helium Kid, and the first time to be playing with Colin together on stage since San Diego,” says Terry Chambers.
XTC’s long-standing rhythm section will be joined by music veterans Steve Tilling on guitar and Gary Bamford on keyboards and guitar. This is not the first XTC encounter for multi-instrumentalist and session musician Tilling, the man behind Circu5, whose debut album ‘The Amazing Monstrous Grady’ featured a guest appearance from XTC guitarist Dave Gregory.
Swindon musician Bamford has an extensive history of music writing, orchestrating, teaching and collaborating, including working with The Beautiful South to orchestrate 25 songs for the musical ‘The Slide’ and as bandleader for the show at their premiere performances. His debut album ‘Jadj’ was co-produced with Jim Barr (Portishead).
2018 marks the 40-year anniversary of XTC’s first studio album ‘White Music’. While XTC was founded in 1972, it wasn’t until 1979 that XTC had their first UK charting single. Moulding had written the first three charting singles (‘Life Begins at the Hop’, ‘Making Plans for Nigel’, and ‘Generals and Majors’). Chambers left the lineup in the 1980s, while Moulding continued his partnership with frontman Andy Partridge through the group’s dissolution in 2006.
XTC’s Andy Patridge also announced the shows via Twitter: “Well I never, CM and TC playing live. They should have done it years ago”
TC&I ‘Great Aspirations’ CDs (both signed and unsigned copies) ars available exclusively through Pledge Music and Burning Shed. Lately there has been renewed interest in XTC, in part due to the release of eye-opening XTC documentary ‘This Is Pop’ about the band’s history and legacy, which looks at XTC and their journey from mercurial pop outsiders to full blown national treasures and one of Britain’s most influential yet unsung bands.
Priced at £27.50, tickets for TC&I’s first four dates go on sale at 10am on Monday, July 30. They are available at the Swindon Arts Centre box office (tel. 01793 524481) between Mon-Sat 10am-6pm or online at https://swindontheatres.co.uk/ Online/tickets-tcandi-swindon- 2018.