AS Pulp prove to be the highlight for thousands at festivals across Europe this summer we had an exclusive chat with drummer Nick Banks on what prompted the seminal Sheffield band to get back on the road.
A key event in the re-awakening of one of Sheffield’s most successful bands after an eight year absence was the sudden loss of a close friend.
Now Pulp are enjoying their busiest summer in a long and inspirational career – surely the ideal tribute to Jarvis Cocker’s former touring guitarist Tim McCall.
The musician died in a fall at home just shortly after becoming a first time dad and it was his packed out funeral that seemed to plant the idea for a Pulp revival.
Among those at Ecclesall Parish Church in March last year was Nick Banks, the Pulp member who also shared a stage with Tim.
“It perhaps put a germ of a seed in Jarv’s mind,” he said, “a ‘you never know what’s happening around the corner, so if we’re going to do some more music with Pulp then maybe now might be the right time to do it’.”
With two solo albums under his belt, Jarvis – now also a regular BBC radio show host - wasn’t minded to do another by himself, so things seemed to fall into place for the first shows since the band bowed out with a sold out ‘farewell’ at Rotherham’s Magna Science Adventure Centre.
The word hiatus rather than split was banded about.
“It was see you one day soon,” recalls Nick.
“People have said ‘Pulp reform’...but it was never unformed.”