Saint Etienne have announced details of a new album titled ‘Home Counties’ which will be released on Friday 2nd June.
The record contains 19 brand new ‘tracks’ inspired by our bitter-sweet relationship with the eponymous shires that have always been part of our lives.
A note from the band:
We recorded it in the summer and autumn of 2016 and it’s co-produced by Shawn Lee of Wall Of Sound and Young Gun Silver Fox fame. The cover design comes courtesy of our good friend and artist Scott King.
Sarah Cracknell says: “We had so much fun writing for this album, drawing influence from our teenage years growing up in the home counties. Bob, Pete and I led almost parallel lives while I was in Windsor and they were in Surrey, developing our passion for music and London. Shawn Lee was a joy to work with, he’s a wonderful multi-instrumentalist who seemed to have some kind of telepathy with us and translated our ideas perfectly. The record is quite varied in styles and brings together a little something from all our past albums whilst sounding completely new.”
Bob Stanley says “Suburbia’s anonymity is exactly why it’s a source of inspiration. They said it couldn’t happen here — and it didn’t.”
Whilst Pete added “We took a ride and ran with the dogs”
As a taster of what’s to come we’re streaming a special preview song from the album entitled ‘Heather’ here.
You can pre-order ‘Home Counties’ on a limited edition gatefold double vinyl, CD and of course cassette — with some very exclusive extras — from Saint Etienne’s official store here.
The band will do a full UK in June with three special shows to warm up in May.
Fri 26 Hebden Bridge, Trades Club
Sat 27 Oxford, Common People
Wed 31 Barcelona, Primavera Sound
Fri 02 London, Royal Festival Hall
Sat 03 Cardiff, Tramshed
Sun 04 Birmingham, Town Hall
Tue 06 Bexhill, De La Warr
Thu 08 Newcastle, Sage
Fri 09 Edinburgh, Queens Hall
Sat 10 Sheffield, City Hall Ballroom
Sun 11 Manchester, RNMC Concert Hall
Tickets for all of these go on sale at 9am this Friday and we’ll be posting links here and on the bands website.