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Ever since Letters To Cleo reformed nearly two years ago by declaring themselves a “current” band, Kay Hanley’s Boston-born alt-rock crew have gotten creative with their live shows. Last fall, they played an intimate Girls Rock Campaign Boston fundraiser at The Sinclair, and now are set to dust off their entire catalog during a three-night run at the Paradise Rock Club.
They also promise “fan favorites” at each show, and as an added bonus, Juliana Hatfield’s Blake Babies will open each night.
— Paradise Rock Club (@ParadiseRockClb) September 19, 2017
Perhaps best known for their 1994 hit “Here & Now”, Letters To Cleo were active from 1990 to 2000, appearing in the 1999 Heath Ledger film 10 Things I Hate About You (which holds up remarkably well nearly 20 years later, we might add) and releasing three studio albums. They reunited in late 2007 when four original members played T.T. The Bear’s Place in Cambridge for a Jeanne Connolly benefit show, and played a handful of live dates in 2009.
At the 2015 Hot Stove Cool Music benefit at the Paradise in Boston, Hanley, McKenna, Eisenstein and others performed “Here & Now” and other songs. In recent years, they’ve found a renewed fan interest via television show Parks & Recreation, and this version of Letters To Cleo features an original lineup of Hanley (vocals), Michael Eisenstein (guitar), Stacy Jones (drums), and Greg McKenna (guitar).
Before the aforementioned Sinclair show last fall, Vanyaland’s Victoria Wasylak chatted with Haney backstage about their comeback and all sorts of other rad shit, and you can watch the interview below.
Featured photo by Liz Linder.