Legendary British songwriter Lloyd Cole makes his Cape Breton debut at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre on Wednesday, July 29. Cole was the lead singer and principal songwriter in Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, who enjoyed chart-topping success in the UK in the ‘80s and were mainstays atop British pop scene along with The Smiths, The Cure, and Elvis Costello and the Attractions. Cole continues to have a distinguished solo career and is touring in support of his latest recording Standards. Harking back to the classic literary rock sound of his 1984 debut, Rattlesnakes, crammed full of sharply turned and snappily delivered lyrical vignettes, Cole is bullish about it being his strongest work in decades.
“I have always written songs to make albums to try and be a pop star, and I think to say anything else is to be dishonest,” said Cole about his past work. Inspired by Bob Dylan’s 2012 album Tempest and the fearlessness of Dylan’s song writing, even in his advanced years, Cole decided to write without boundaries for the new recording. “I just thought to myself, ‘what would happen if I just kind of let loose and not worry about whether it is appropriate to be making this music or not? And just basically follow my guts?’ And I did.”
This is the 15th album released by the 54 year-old songwriter and represents some of his best work to date. Cole is excited to make his debut performing in Cape Breton, although it is not his first trip to the island. An avid golfer and golf writer, Cole made a special trip to Cape Breton a few summers ago to play Highland Links and Cabot Links. He is booked to play the newest Inverness golf course, the critically-acclaimed Cabot Cliffs, with his son while in Cape Breton this trip.
Tickets to see Lloyd Cole are available at membertoutcc.com, by calling 902-539-2300, or by visiting the Box Office at 50 Maillard St., Membertou, 10AM-6PM Monday to Friday. The show is Wednesday July 29 in the Kluskap Hall at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. Doors open at 7PM, showtime is 8PM. Tickets are $20 advance and $25 day of show.