Jarvis Cocker is currently on a reunion tour with his band Pulp and presented the new song “Background Noise” for the first time in Mexico. Cocker dedicated it to his girlfriend, who, according to media reports, was watching from the audience. The band performed at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez during the Corona Capital Festival.
Speaking to NME about Pulp’s future, the band’s drummer Nick Banks recently hinted that there’s more to come from the group next year: “I’m looking forward to whatever 2024 brings .”
Listen to “Background Noise” here:
Previously, Pulp also played a previously unreleased song: “Hymn of the North” at a gig in Sheffield, England. This is a song that Cocker wrote for the play “Light Falls”. The drama “Light Falls” was written by Manchester author Stephen Simons and is about various people who live in the north of England. Cocker’s musical contribution to this was created in 2019, but in a slightly different form.
At the Sheffield gig, Cocker announced “Hymn Of The North” with the words: “We’re in the North here, so we thought you should hear it first, okay?” Pulp also had another surprise in store for this show: the former (Studio band) member Richard Hawley came on stage to play live with his old colleagues.
Pulp on tour
On the “This is What We Do For an Encore” tour, Pulp played not only in Sheffield at home but also in London and at festivals in Glasgow and Suffolk. Pulp will next play a few shows in Latin America before a New Year’s Eve concert in the UK. Appearances in Norway are also planned for August 2024.
What Pulp have been doing lately
The Britpop band’s tour is their first in over a decade. Pulp released their last album in 2001 with “We Love Life”. The group returned for their first comeback tour in 2011. The single “After You” was also released in 2013.
In March 2023, Pulp’s longtime bassist Steve Mackey died at the age of 56. In 2022 he announced that he would sit out the reunion tour: “Pulp is a very important part of my creative life… and I am extremely proud of the work we have created together,” he wrote in a statement . But he wants to concentrate on his own music, film and photography projects. “I wish Candy, Nick, Mark and Jarvis all the best for their upcoming performances.”
On November 10th, on his birthday, the band paid tribute to him on Instagram.
The band’s drummer, Nick Banks, published his book “So It Started There: From Punk to Pulp” in September 2023. In it he describes his life and career, his development as a professional drummer and musician, writes about “the triumphs and terrors of touring, the band’s journey from relative obscurity to global sensation” and the process of writing and recording their most famous albums.