Sad Lovers and Giants are a British post-punk band influenced by psychedelia and folk music. Their clean-sounding but not over-produced recordings blend chiming guitars, atmospheric keyboards, urgent rhythms, and acerbic lyrics. Their music tips toward gloominess, but it avoids the melodramatic clichés of some of the more theatrical bands associated with '80s goth rock and new wave. Often likened to bands such as the Chameleons UK and the Cure's earliest work, they've gained a cult following, often referred to as a well-kept secret. The group have disbanded and re-formed several times since forming in the early '80s.
Sad Lovers and Giants began in Watford, England in 1980, originally consisting of vocalist Garçe Allard, bassist Cliff Silver, guitarist Tristan Garel-Funk, drummer Nigel Pollard, and keyboardist/saxophonist David Wood. They made their debut in 1981 with two tense yet breezy 7"s released by Last Movement: the Clé EP and the single "Colourless Dream." They recorded a session for influential BBC DJ John Peel, and signed with Midnight Music, who issued their debut full-length Epic Garden Music and unrelated single "Lost in a Moment" in 1982. The band opened for the Sound at a major venue in London shortly after the album's release, and when sophomore album Feeding the Flame appeared in 1983, they toured Germany and the Netherlands, gaining a significant fan base in those countries. They disbanded due to tensions within the group, however, and Garel-Funk and Pollard subsequently formed a harder-edged band called the Snake Corps. In 1984, Midnight Music issued In the Breeze, a collection of previously unreleased songs and demos. Total Sound, a recording of a 1983 session recorded for Dutch radio station VPRO, was issued in 1986.
Sad Lovers and Giants albums in 2009, the group (consisting of Allard, Pollard, McGuinness, and Gibson) performed concerts in Italy and Greece. Keyboardist Will Hicks joined the group later in the year. More European gigs followed in 2010, along with a reissue of The Mirror Test and new single "Himalaya." More U.K. and European dates followed, and the group began writing material for a new album. Allard's book Things We Never Did – The Story of Sad Lovers & Giants was published in 2014. In March of 2016, Dark Entries released Lost in a Sea Full of Sighs, a compilation of Sad Lovers and Giants' early singles, and the group toured the United States for the first time.