It’s still a bit astonishing to realize that the reigning liege lord of psych-surreal-tasty-melodic-power pop, Robyn Hitchcock now lives among us here in the Music City. For 1980s alternative rock fans, Hitchcock’s work with the Soft Boys and then as solo artist with his backup band, the Egyptians, was a shining gem — appealing to listeners on both sides of the punk and goth-syth dividing line, while also roping in fans of 60s garage psych. Over 30 years later, Hitchcock’s music, humor, and surreal turn of a phrase continue to please long-time fans along with a new generation of listeners.
For the past two months Hitchcock had been on an acoustic tour of the U.K. and U.S., promoting his collaborative EP, Planet England, recorded with former XTC frontman, Andy Partridge, as well as a new, limited-edition single “Sunday Never Comes” on Tiny Ghost Records. On Friday, Dec. 6, he’ll be making a home town appearance at the Mercy Lounge, performing with his local backing group, The Nashville Fabs. In a recent appearance on Anne McCue’s radio show, “Songs on the Wire” on WXNA101.5 FM, Hitchcock noted that this Friday’s show will be his only rock show in the U.S. for 2019.
Showtime for Friday night’s show is 9 p.m., tickets are available through the Mercy Lounge website.