Adding a sense of bleak romanticism and 1960s psychedelia to the post-punk British music scene, Echo & the Bunnymen became one of Liverpool's best-loved bands and a key influence on the 1990s Brit-pop craze. Formed when front man Ian McCulloch left the Crucial Three (his group with Pete Wylie and Julian Cope), the band were signed to Bill Drummond's Zoo Records and released debut single 'The Pictures On My Wall'. Will Sergeant's hypnotic guitar playing and McCulloch's knack of stirring up controversy in the music press led to a string of classic indie singles, including 'The Cutter', 'Killing Moon' and 'Seven Seas', while albums 'Porcupine' (1983) and 'Ocean Rain' (1984) captured the band at their beguiling best. In 1988 McCulloch left to follow a solo career and after drummer Pete de Freitas died in a motorcycle accident in 1989, a new line-up was formed releasing the album 'Reverberation' in 1990. The band split shortly after in 1993. McCulloch and Sergeant resurrected the band with Les Pattinson in 1996 and released the top ten album 'Evergreen' in 1997 and the single 'Nothing Lasts Forever' featuring Liam Gallagher. Pattinson left to take care of his mother, but the band continued on as McCulloch and Sergeant with the release of 'What Are You Going to Do With Your Life?' (1999), 'Flowers' (2001), 'Siberia' (2005), 'The Fountain' (2009) and 'Meteorites' (2015).