Miki Berenyi

Miki Berenyi
Miki Berenyi

Miki Berenyi Live
Background information
Birth name Miki Berenyi
Born 18 March 1967 (1967-03-18) (age 44)
London, England
Genres Rock, shoegazing
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1988–1998
Associated acts Lush

Miki Berenyi (born 18 March 1967)[1] is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist.[2][3]



At the age of 14, Berenyi met her friend and future bandmate, Emma Anderson. They became interested in music and together wrote the music fanzine Alphabet Soup (which only lasted for five issues).[4] Berenyi first played bass with the band, The Bugs,[5] and later went on to play with Lillies.[1] "In 1988, Berenyi studied English literature at the North London Polytechnic, where she met drummer Christopher Acland, bassist Steve Rippon, and singer Meriel Barham. Along with Anderson, they decided to form their own band".[4] When Meriel Barham left, "the remaining members of Lush placed ads in local papers looking for Barham's replacement, but they couldn't find the singer they wanted, and Berenyi took over the vocals".[4]

From 1988 until 1996, she played with Lush, releasing several albums, singles and videos, and toured extensively through the UK, North America, Japan, Australia and other countries.[4][6]

Lush officially announced their break up in February of 1998,[4] following the suicide of drummer Chris Acland in October of 1996.

After Lush split, Berenyi appeared on The Rentals 1999 album Seven More Minutes. She also contributed vocals to a remix of a Flat 7 track by the Cocteau Twins's Robin Guthrie (who also produced Lush's early work),"[1] and appeared on the debut album of Eric Matthews's Seinking Ships, Museum Quality Capture, released in 2010.[1][7]

When asked if she missed anything about her time in Lush, she stated, "I miss the excitement and energy of playing live and the camaraderie of touring – being with the band and crew in a foreign country is like going on holiday with your mates but even more fun because it’s free."[8] "I enjoyed being in the band immensely, I’m glad I did it."[9]

She currently works for a magazine as a sub-editor.[10]

Additional information

Miki Berenyi circa 1990
  • Berenyi is of mixed Japanese and Hungarian parentage.[11]
  • Her mother, Yasuko Nagazumi was a Japanese actress who played minor roles in the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice and in TV-series Space: 1999.[12]
  • Berenyi Light Arms, a fictional firearms company, was named after her in the SLA Industries Role-playing game. Her likeness appears in one of the illustrations in the SLA Industries rulebook.
  • Miki is a fairly common girl's name in Japan(ese)
  • On playing guitar, "I was never a proper guitarist – only in the context of Lush. I played the guitar to write songs on and to play live."[8]
  • Played 506 shows in 8 years with Lush[13]
  • There is an online Bring Back Miki Campaign to which she responds, "I guess it’s flattering that anybody gives a shit. Not sure how enthusiastic the support would be if they realized that bringing back Miki Berenyi would deliver a 40-year-old office employee with greying hair who's still struggling to shift the weight from her last pregnancy."[10]


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