- Lee Mavers
Infobox Musical artist
Name = Lee Mavers
Img_capt = Mavers at The Picket in Liverpool, December 1999.
Img_size = 180
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Lee Anthony Mavers
Born = birth date and age|1962|8|2
Alternative rock, rock 'n' roll
Years_active = 1984–present
URL = [http://www.thelas.org www.thelas.org]
Lee Mavers (born
2 August, 1962in Liverpool, England) is the frontman for the Liverpudliangroup, The La's.
Mavers is the
songwriter, singer, and rhythm guitaristin this critically acclaimed band, who are best-known for the smash hit " There She Goes" in their late 1980s heyday, and is an eccentric and influential figure in English rock'n'roll, having been cited by the likes of Oasis, Travis, Pete Dohertyand Paul Weller as an influence.Fact|date=March 2008
Mavers gained a reputation for perfectionism and eccentricity in the music press for his famed scrapping of multiple versions of the band's
debut album, and often came across as dry, acerbic and stubborn in interviews, although with a clearly defined notion of music as he thought it should be - genuine, rootsy, and authentic. In earlier press interviews, however, Mavers was often enthusiastic, witty, driven, and informed, but eventually became more withdrawn and caustic before choosing to drop out of the limelight altogether. This wilful blackout of probing interviews from the likes of "Q" magazine and " NME" led to his establishment as a seldom-seen "recluse".
Obsessing over the group's troubled recording efforts between 1987 to 1992, Mavers eventually retreated back to his Liverpool home after the release of The La's' eponymous debut, his perception of the music industry highly soured by the fact the release was not a version of the album he wished to be made public. [http://www.geocities.com/the_las/lausanme.html]
More silence in the music press followed barring one highly disturbing NME interview, full of babble and bizarre imagery. [http://www.geocities.com/the_las/latherehesgone.html] Mavers was at this point occasionally playing with other Liverpool musicians.
In late 2003 a book about Mavers and his band was released, "" which did contain a 2000 dated interview with Mavers discussing his band and what he intends to do with his music. While providing insight into Mavers' personality, the book ends on an ambiguous note concerning his return to music.
In March 2005 The La's announced dates in England and
Ireland, their first in a decade, along with festivals sets such as Glastonbury and the Summer Sonicfestival in Japan, with the line-up of Lee Mavers (vocals, guitar), John Power (bass), Jay Lewis of the band Cracatilla (guitar) and Nick Miniski (drums). The set generally consisted of old songs with new songs performed as encores, including the perennial favourite "There She Goes". The drummerwas quickly replaced by Mavers' old schoolfriend Jasper, and live reviews have generally been favourable. The La's' return may have been surprising, but Mavers' attitude being completely unchanged perhaps less so - the band are yet to conduct any interviews or features with the music press.
Mavers is an enthusiastic supporter of
Everton FC, and resides in the Huytonarea of Liverpoolwith his partner and four children. [Steve Jelbert, "Pop: The One and Only" " The Independent" (London: January 26, 2001, p. 16)]
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