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The Tears

Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Alternative rock, Britpop
Years active 20042006 (hiatus)
Labels Independiente
Associated acts Suede
Brett Anderson
Bernard Butler
Will Foster
Makoto Sakamoto
Nathan Fisher

The Tears were an English rock band formed in 2004 by ex-Suede bandmates Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler.



Many have wondered how two performers as volatile as Bernard Butler and Brett Anderson who had at one time nurtured such hatred for one another, were reunited after all this time. "When he left the band we pretty much hated each other as much as two people can hate each other, admitted Anderson in an interview with The Times.[1] The pair parted company whilst recording the ambitious Dog Man Star album, resulting in one of the most mourned song-writing duo break-ups of all time.[2] Anderson describes getting together with former bandmate Butler as such, "We went out for a drunken night. I'd called him and we went out for a curry and got drunk. Then the next day he came over with these tracks and that was that". Though Butler and Anderson had not spoken to each other for nine years,[1] Anderson claimed getting back in gear with Butler was not difficult. The band decided on being named after a line from a Philip Larkin poem, "Femmes Damnées",[3] which ends with the line: "The only sound heard is the sound of tears".

The band played their first ever live show on December 14, 2004 at the Oxford Zodiac. Things went as expected for the "new" band, and most new songs were received well by those attending the first set of shows. When asked during a concert by a fan to play the famous Suede song, "The Drowners", Anderson replied saying, "Did somebody say they wanted to hear The Drowners? You’ve come to the wrong gig, mate."[4]

Apart from relatively minor reviews of the first clutch of live shows, The Tears first press, a review of "Refugees", interview with Anderson and a poster was in The Sun on 15 April. The next major article was by Alex Petridis in The Guardian, which ended on an extremely optimistic note: "the pair seem artistically reinvigorated by each other's company. Anderson talks excitedly of Tears songs like the ballad Asylum, inspired by his father's struggle with depression, as having moved away from "Suede cliches or Brett Anderson cliches ... it's not, you know, opiated fop territory". There's even a hint of the old provocative flash and arrogance when talk turns to the future: Here Comes the Tears feels like a debut. It will be massively bettered. On this at least there's no hint of disagreement. "This album's like rocking the boat a bit. There's been a few splashes," nods Butler. "Next time, I want to get rid of the sails and see what happens."[5]

From the start, Anderson and Butler were very insistent that the band would not be playing any songs by Suede. Things would change over time, however, as the band ended up playing B-side "The Living Dead" to an enthusiastic reception, during an encore for their show at the Sheffield Leadmill in April.[6] In April 2005, the band's first single, "Refugees", was released. The single was very much a success and jumped into the top ten singles chart at number nine.[7]

The band's debut album, Here Come the Tears followed on June 6 2005. It was released to generally favourable reviews that helped solidify the duo's comeback, yet it failed to crack the top 10.[7] In late June, the band played a set at the John Peel stage at the Glastonbury Festival. The second single from the debut album, entitled "Lovers", was released in June. Though a significantly lower charting than the previous single, it still managed to reach number 24.[7]

More than a month later, Anderson announced that he would release his long awaited solo album in between the touring for Here Come The Tears and the release of the band's follow up album. After playing a few festivals including Glastonbury and T in the Park along with international gigs, the band announced a European tour with dates in October and November. However, to the disappointment of many fans, they later cancelled the tour in favor of beginning work on their second album. Shortly after, the band were dropped from their label.

In late April of 2006, Anderson posted a message on the band's message board announcing the band were on temporary hiatus because "no one ever wanted this thing to get caught up within the drudgery of the whole tour/record/tour cycle anyway". In addition, he announced that he had completed his debut solo album and that it would see light in early 2007, hinting that the second Tears record would most likely come after that. In August 2005, the band's official site and forum were closed.





From Here Come The Tears:


  1. ^ a b Segal, Victoria. "Better the devil you know". The Times. 23 Apr 2005
  2. ^ Serck, Linda. "Review: The Tears". BBC Online. 24 May 2005
  3. ^ MacNeil, Jason. "Ex-Suede Mates Form The Tears". Oct 21, 2004.
  4. ^ Sinclair, David. "Pop: The Tears". The Times. 18 Dec 2004
  5. ^ Petridis, Alexis. "Frankly I hated Suede". The Guardian. 22 Apr 2005
  6. ^ "TREAT FOR SUEDE HEADS!". NME. 20 Apr 2005
  7. ^ a b c "Chart Stats".

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Source material

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The Tears
by John Cowper Powys
Published in Mandragora (1917)

[ 37 ]

WHERE, oh wind, do you carry the tears
That the muffled heads are weeping,
Under the roofs where no one hears,
    While the Lord Christ is sleeping?

"Cold he lies in the reeds of the dawn,
    But I carry them to him there.
Where far away from the world's scorn
    They gleam like dew on his hair.

"The tears that are shed for loneliness
    Like pearls on his forehead rest.
And the tears of passionate distress
    Are opals on his breast.

"But where, oh wind, are the hopeless tears —
    The tears no comfort know —
The tears that none but the midnight hears —
    The tears of love's deep woe?

"Tell me, oh wind, ere you depart.
    On his white body where are they?"
"Ah! They are in the Lord Christ's heart
    And none can take them from him away!"

PD-icon.svg This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1963, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 30 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.


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