Lee Mavers

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Lee Mavers
Mavers at the Picket in Liverpool, December 1999.
Mavers at the Picket in Liverpool, December 1999.
Background information
Birth nameLee Anthony Mavers
Born (1962-08-02) 2 August 1962 (age 57)
Liverpool, England
GenresAlternative rock, rock and roll
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, guitarist
InstrumentsGuitar, bass, drums, harmonica
Years active1980–1992, 1994-95, 2005, 2009, 2011
Associated actsThe La's, Neuklon

Lee Anthony Mavers (born 2 August 1962) is an English musician. Mavers was the songwriter, singer and rhythm guitarist in The La's and is best known for the hit "There She Goes" from October 1990.

Mavers was originally the bassist for the Liverpool group Neuklon circa 1980 to 1984.

He is an avid supporter of Everton Football Club.[1]

He is the older brother of actor Gary Mavers and the uncle of actress Abby Mavers.

The La's[edit]

Mavers gained a reputation for perfectionism and eccentricity[2] 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press interviews, however, Mavers was often enthusiastic, witty, driven and informed, but he eventually became more withdrawn and caustic before choosing to drop out of the limelight altogether. This consciously willful shunning of the limelight has led some to portray Mavers as a "recluse".

Obsessing over the group's troubled recording efforts between 1987 and 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.[3]

Mavers performing with the La's, Club Quatro, Japan 1991

More silence in the music press followed, barring one 1995 NME interview.[4] Mavers was at this point occasionally playing with other Liverpool musicians. Mavers actively disavowed the album in print while struggling to maintain his artistic integrity.[5]

In late 2003 a book about Mavers and his band was released, In Search of the La's: A Secret Liverpool 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 Britain and Ireland, their first in a decade, along with festivals sets such as Glastonbury and the Summer Sonic festival 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, including the perennial favourite "There She Goes", with new songs performed as encores. The drummer was quickly replaced by Mavers' old schoolfriend Ian 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. New songs that would have featured, or will feature, on the 2nd album include "I Am the Key", "Fishing Net" A.K.A. "Something I Said", "Raindance" and "The Human Race".

In March 2009, Mavers made a surprise appearance in Birmingham, joining Pete Doherty on stage to play "Son of a Gun" and "There She Goes".[6]

On 19 June 2011, Mavers made a rare outing, doing a secret acoustic set at the Deaf Institute, Manchester under the name of Lee Rude & the Velcro Underpants (a play on the names of Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground): this featured Mavers playing with Gary Murphy of defunct Liverpool band the Bandits. Mavers and Murphy continued impromptu gigs in Sunderland, Glasgow and London, before heading abroad to Amsterdam and later to the Rock En Seine Festival in Paris and at UK festivals Kendal Calling and Bestival, before bringing the 'stripped back' sets to a close at a homecoming show at Liverpool's O2 Academy after announcing they were set to return soon after recruiting a full band.[7]

An interview with Mavers also appears in the 2013 music interview book, Isle of Noises: Conversations with Great British Songwriters, by Daniel Rachel. Within the interview, Mavers discusses the themes of certain songs and his songwriting craft (essentially describing himself as a conduit rather than author), again decries the sole released LP by The La's, and also explains he has a "great patience" for the music to happen.


  1. ^ Jelbert, Steve (26 January 2001). "Pop: The One and Only". The Independent. London. p. 16.
  2. ^ Alexis Petridis. "The search for La's singer Lee Mavers". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". 26 October 2009. Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". 26 October 2009. Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  5. ^ http://tomgraves.blogspot.gr/2004/11/interview-with-british-cult. Retrieved 21 June 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  6. ^ "Pete Doherty plays gig with the La's frontman Lee Mavers". NME. 26 March 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2010.
  7. ^ "NME News The La's Lee Mavers makes surprise comeback in Manchester". NME. 19 June 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2014.

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