"It's great to be back!" Guy Chadwick was beaming Friday night at The House of Love's show at Gramercy Theater. The UK band's last NYC show was just about 30 years ago -- October 30, 19992 at Times Square venue The Academy, just a year before the band would break up. Chadwick reformed The House of Love in 2003 but it's taken nearly two more decades, a new lineup of the band, and couple of pandemic postponements to get them back in North America. Chadwick was very happy to be playing to a room full of enthusiastic fans, many of whom thought they'd never get the chance to see them.
The House of Love have a new album, A State of Grace, and they played a few songs off of that, but the bulk of the setlist came from their classic first three albums. They didn't make us wait to get to the good stuff, either, kicking things off with "Road" and "Christine" off their 1988 Creation Records debut that inspired more than a few OG shoegaze bands.