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The Mission UK Biography

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Genres: Alternative/Indie, Pop, Rock

The Mission are a gothic rock band that hail from England. The Mission were briefly known in England as The Sisterhood in 1986, and as The Mission UK in the United States. The band formed in 1986 from the splinters of the freshly dissolved rock band The Sisters of Mercy; started by front-man Wayne Hussey and bassist Craig Adams (both from the Sisters of Mercy), they soon added drummer Mick Brown and guitarist Simon Hinkler. The band have released eleven albums to date, compilation albums with other artists, and miscellaneous side project recordings.

The Mission embarked in early 1986 on their first European tour, supporting The Cult. They released two singles independently, both reaching #1 in the U.K. Alternative Charts, before signing a worldwide record deal with Phonogram. Their first single for their new label, “Stay With Me,” went straight into the U.K. Single Charts at #30 followed by their debut album “God's Own Medicine” peaking at #14 on the Album Charts. Over the next eight years the band released six more albums and had a further twelve hit singles. In 1994, the band parted company with Phonogram after a number of contractual disputes and signed to Sony Dragnet in Europe. Two years, and two more albums later, the band decided to take a break. In 1999, fully reinvigorated, The Mission reunited and embarked on a year long tour to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, USA, South Africa, and Greece.

In late 2001 The Mission released what many consider to be their finest album to date in “AurA.” It marked the beginning of a contemporary and exciting new era for the band and the welcome return of all of the band's old swagger, relevance, and confidence. The album reached #1 in the German Alternative Chart and stayed there for eight weeks. The band also embarked on a German tour to coincide with the release of the album, quickly followed by their own very successful six week tour of Europe in early 2002.

In 2003, the band prepared to embark on their next tour of Europe. That same year the band went through a line-up change when Rob Holliday joined as a guitarist, Ritchie Vernon on bass, and Steve Spring on drums; the new band members brought a new energy and dynamic to the band, they continued to wow crowds and critics alike at their live shows, and to attract a new generation of fans.

Around 2005, Hussey began working on several side projects, including those with Italian musicians, Volita Lux and the film “Mercenario,” resulting in the limited edition CD Single “Breath Me In,” which reached #1 in the German DAC charts. During the 2005 “Lighting the Candles” Mark Gemini Thwaite returned on guitar as Rob Holliday departed due to prior commitments with The Prodigy.

2007 saw the 21st anniversary of The Mission, and the release of their album “God Is A Bullet” on SPV; the album was both brave and adventurous in it's musical approach. Lyrically, the album contains the most diverse set of lyrics ever composed by Hussey. There are songs that deal with a variety of subject matters close to his heart. The album also boasts the contributions of some very special guests: Simon Hinkler, the original guitarist with The Mission, graced the album as did Tim Bricheno, original guitarist of All About Eve, and Julianne Regan, again from All About Eve. The album also featured the talents of cellist Caroline Dale, who has worked with Page & Plant, Dave Gilmour, Oasis, the Michael Nyman band, Peter Gabriel, and Robbie Williams. 2010 saw the 25th anniversary of The Mission.