Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time PiL’s music and vision earned them 5 UK Top 20 Singles and 5 UK Top 20 Albums. With a shifting line-up and truly unique sound frontman John Lydon guided the band from their debut album 'First Issue' in 1978 through to 1992's 'That What Is Not', before a 17 year hiatus.
John Lydon then re-ignited PiL in 2009 with former PiL members Lu Edmonds (guitar & saz)and Bruce Smith (Drums), recruiting bass player and multi-instrumentalist Scott Firth the band went on to play live worldwide, including tracks from the whole of PiL’s varied catalogue such a Rise, Warrior, Albatross, This Is Not A Love Song, Flowers of Romance and many many more to which the shows received huge critical acclaim.
This Is PiL Now in 2012, 20 years since Public Image Ltd’s last album release yet another new and unique chapter has unfolded in the shape of new PiL material with the album ‘This Is PiL’ released back in May. Recorded deep in the English countryside at Steve Winwood’s studio in The Cotswolds the album contains 12 brand new songs of PiL material. Self funded by PiL, the album was released on their own label ‘PiL Official’ via Cargo UK Distribution. Tracklisting below:
This Is PiL- Tracklisting
This Is PiL
I Must Be Dreaming
It Said That
The Room I Am In
Out Of The Woods
In what has already been a very special year with much more to come PiL started 2012 by headlining the BBC Radio 6 Birthday Celebrations at Queen Elizabeth Hall which saw PiL include and baptise 2 new songs: Deeper Water and One Drop. PiL then followed up with two very special shows at London’s Heaven Nightclub showcasing more tracks from the new album, with The Times newspapercommenting “This was an evening of uncompromising art music, worthy of the total concentration of the audience.” Not to mention fitting in playing the launch of Record Store Day at a very up close, unique and personal show at the Boiler Room. The band then went on to tour Europe and the UK, more recently returning to London in August to play the London Forum whereby the The Independent newspaper gave the performance a 5 out of 5 live review-
Public Image Ltd are:
John Lydon- After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978. Outside of PiL John has released several solo records and collaborations. He also brings quality TV to the masses.
Lu Edmonds- Multi instrumentalist and former guitarist in The Damned Lu joined PiL in 1986 recording and playing on the album Happy? and co-writing the album ‘9’ adding yet another dimension to the PiL sound.
Bruce Smith- Former drummer in The Pop Group and The Slits became percussionist for PiL also in 1986 playing and recording on the albums Happy? and ‘9’. Seen as a drumming virtuoso, Bruce Smith brought his unique style into the fold.
Scott Firth- A bass player/multi instrumentalist that has collaborated and played with a variety of top musicians and bands including Steve Winwood, John Martyn, and Elvis Costello.
Reggie Song / Out Of The Woods In some very new news Public Image Ltd have also recently confirmed that new AA side single Reggie Song / Out Of The Woods will be released on October 1 st. Taken from ‘This Is PiL’ the AA single will also contain various live tracks taken from the band’s monumental performance at New York City’s Terminal 5 in 2010.
This Is PiL- The release of the album This Is PiL earlier this year resulted in the below response from various media:
MOJO Magazine - 4 out of 5
"It's simply a joy to hear Lydon in fine voice, getting stuck into thorny matters with his own unique, raw nerve gusto, backed by a cookin' band"
The Times- 4 out of 5
"Never mind the Pistols- this PiL is worth taking
The Guardian- 4 out of 5 stars
...."You're more often struck by Lydon's determination to keep pushing forward into uncharted territory, to head as he puts it on the track of the same name, for deeper water"
"This is a 63 minute chunk of music that wavers marvelously from the irresistible, the effortlessly accessible to the downright weird"
Loud & Quiet Magazine- 8 out of 10
"This Is PiL is an evolution; a step forward with eyes locked straight ahead, no heads looking back at past glories"
Q Magazine- 4 out of 5
"Representing the experimental instincts of Lydon the teenage Can fan, it sees him putting his ire to use over spectrally funky tracks warped and shaped by Lu Edmonds's byzantine guitars"
Drowned In Sound- 8 out of 10
...."It comfortably manages to be what a comeback strives to be but seldom is; adventurous, celebratory and - above all - adding to an already admirable legacy"
Music OMH .com - 5 out of 5
"This is Public Image Ltd at its best. This record is good. Outrageously good"
"He sounds vital on these songs, so goddamn vital, a man and a band with more ideas than they know what to do with"
"Buy this record. This is PiL. Isn’t that enough for you?"