Boston’s Alt. Rock pioneers Letters to Cleo will be headed back out on the road this fall for a short run of intimate shows on the east coast including their annual pair of homecoming shows at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston. “The idea to make this a yearly event came right after we played the Boston shows supporting the Back to Nebraska EP in 2016,” says Michael Eisenstein. “We were right on stage at The Paradise when our manager said ‘same weekend next year?’ We want to play more shows but having half the band in Boston and half in LA, and managing our professional lives outside the band makes it super hard. But now we know a year out, we’re playing Boston (and maybe a few other cities) the weekend before Thanksgiving. It’s great for our fans too. People travel in from other cities, other countries even. We’re really thrilled to be announcing the third annual LTC Homecoming Weekend.” The band will be doing two nights at the Paradise with both single and two day tickets available. “There aren’t many things we love more than playing Cleo songs in front of a Boston audience,” says Kay Hanley. “So when the conversation came up about doing another homecoming weekend at the Paradise this year, it was pretty much the quickest, most unanimous group text in band history.” American HiFi will be supporting Letters to Cleo on all four dates. Stacy Jones who will be doing double duty fronting American HiFi and playing drums with Letters to Cleo said “I am excited to be playing with both bands. There is a real family element here. We have all known each other for over 20 years. Being back in Boston, where Letters to Cleo started and being with friends and family is really special. It’s a great start to the Holidays.” American HiFi is currently in the studio and plan on releasing an EP of covers this fall.
Letters to Cleo formed in 1990 in Boston, lead by guitarist Greg Mckenna and singer Kay Hanley. The band came onto the National spotlight with the release of their first hit single “Here & Now,” released by Giant Records (a subsidiary of Warner Brothers Records). The song reached No. 10 on the Billboard Modern Rock Singles chart. The band’s music could be heard on many of the top TV shows and films throughout the 1990’s, including the cult classic 10 Things I Hate About You, where the band contributed 4 songs to the soundtrack and were feature in the film. The band played their last show in 2000 and each of the members went on to have successful careers working in different areas of music from production, writing, performance, musical directing etc.
The original members reunited in the fall of 2016 for the release of the Back to Nebraska EP, their first new music from Letters to Cleo in seventeen years. ABC News said “These five songs deliver exactly the kind of infectious power-pop that made them famous” and the Boston Globe said “It’s full of sweetly sour confections that recall the Alternative Nation era, like ‘Can’t Say,’ which undercuts its sunshine-bright chorus with a growling bridge, and the brooding title track, which showcases lead singer Kay Hanley’s pensive side.”
Last fall the band released their first three albums Aurora Gory Alice, Wholesale Meats and Fish and Go! on vinyl for the first time ever, through a limited edition pressing. Copies of these three albums along with the vinyl version of Back to Nebraska are available on LettersToCleo.net