June 9 2015 06:08 PM

Local alternative band reuniting at The Casbah

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Lucy’s Fur Coat

Lucy's Fur Coat has announced their first shows in seven years. On Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1, the '90s-era alternative rock band will perform at The Casbah. The group last performed together in 2008.

The shows the band has scheduled aren't part of any particular anniversary or commemoration. But guitarist Mike Santos says in a phone interview that everyone in the band was ready to make it happen whenever they were able to make it work within their schedules.

"I think everybody felt like it was something we were interested in doing," he says. "We didn't really get together and say, 'Let's play some shows.' But we were all open to it."

The band has been rehearsing to get ready for those shows. They released two albums in their career: 1994's Jaundice and 1998's How to Survive an Air Crash. Fans can expect to hear songs from those albums, as well as some older, lesser-known material. But in the meantime, the group is just working on getting their set sounding as tight as possible.

"We play at least once a week," he says. "It's amazing how much muscle memory you have when you play after a long time. Ninety percent of the songs we play on a regular basis we can play 90 percent of the way through. So there's still a little bit of a gap there." 

Lucy's Fur Coat was active between 1993 and 2000, with a handful of shows happening between 2000 and 2008. After their split, Santos played in Midnight Rivals for a few years, but since then, everyone in the band has mostly been out of the spotlight.

"I really haven't been playing a lot for the last couple years. It's been the first two-year break since I was 16," Santos says. "I'm really enthusiastic about doing it again."

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