Saint Etienne -- Home Counties

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New album ahoy:

Our new album will be out on Jun 2nd 2017

It's called 'Home Counties'

It contains 19 'tracks' inspired by our bitter-sweet relationship with the eponymous shires that have always been part of our lives.

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.

You can pre-order now on limited edition gatefold double vinyl, cd and of course cassette - with some exclusive extras - from our shop here.

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"

And new song from same, "Heather"

https://soundcloud.com/pias-uk/heather-saint-etienne/s-3lq6h

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 14:38 (two months ago) Permalink

ordered!

nomar, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 15:29 (two months ago) Permalink

The single is really strange. Definitely not as instant as Tonight.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 15:31 (two months ago) Permalink

SKILLED MUSICIANS WITH OVER TWENTY FIVE YEARS EXPERIENCE <3

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 15:39 (two months ago) Permalink

How We Used to Live and the Sarah Cracknell 10" were both beautiful albums. Hopefully this one is as good. I've just preorderd.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 15:41 (two months ago) Permalink

Good news too -- UK *and* US tour dates!

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The list of dates is as follows:

26 May - Hebden Bridge, Trades Club
27 May - Oxford, Common People Festival
31 May - Barcelona, Primavera Festival
2 Jun London, Royal FestivalHall
3 Jun Cardiff, Tramshed
4 Jun Birmingham, Town Hall
6 Jun Bexhill, De La Warr Pavillion
8 Jun Newcastle, Sage
9 Jun Edinburgh, Queens Hall
10 Jun Sheffield, City Hall Ballroom
11 Jun Manchester, RNMC Concert Hall
20 Aug Glanusk Park, Green Man Festival (2nd stage headline)

Saint Etienne will also be touring the U.S. in September / October:

25 Sep New York, Bowery Ballroom
26 Sep Brooklyn, Music Hall Of Williamsburg
27 Sep Washington DC, U Street Music Hall
29 Sep Chicago, Park West
2 Oct Seattle, Neptune
4 Oct San Francisco, The Fillmore
5 Oct Pomona, Glass House
6 Oct Los Angeles,The Fonda Theatre

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Yay new Saint Etienne album!

also hoping the breakup of America happens soon so I can stop getting my hopes up when I see a band I like is "touring the US" and instead just be like "huh, they're touring Cascadia and New England"

erry red flag (f. hazel), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:48 (two months ago) Permalink

I think Chicago and DC might have some thoughts about your take.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:49 (two months ago) Permalink

DC would be part of New England. Chicago I assume would be absorbed by Canada.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:50 (two months ago) Permalink

A casual disregard for far-flung regional boundaries is de rigueur for Texans. Maybe we'd be more cosmopolitan if Saint Etienne played some shows here.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:57 (two months ago) Permalink

the last album was so beautiful – one of my insta-classics.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:57 (two months ago) Permalink

When you say the last album, do you mean Words and Music or How We Used to Live? How We Used To Live is probably my 3rd fav. St Et LP and definitely my most played of the last few years.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:05 (two months ago) Permalink

W&M.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:05 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm assuming Alfred is talking about Words and Music, which i do think is a classic. their best since the first three, at least.

though my sentimental favorite is Good Humor, since that's where I discovered them.

nomar, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:09 (two months ago) Permalink

Good Humor was where I thought they went wrong at the time. Retrospectively, I like it, but it signaled a change from their previous sound and not in a way I was ready for at the time.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:13 (two months ago) Permalink

Fairfax High is maybe even better than Good Humor, too. They were really on top of it that year!

erry red flag (f. hazel), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:21 (two months ago) Permalink

I like the single!

I think the weirdness comes from the syncopation of the beat/unusual time signature? Also, really weird choice of drum sound.

daavid, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:54 (two months ago) Permalink

TBH I'm just glad they didn't go full acoustic/folksy

daavid, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:57 (two months ago) Permalink

I love this band with all my heart, and I'm sure the album will be fantastic as usual, but I'm not sure I'm feelin' 'Heather'...

So excited, though!

KevRus, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 20:41 (two months ago) Permalink

So 'Heather' on Spotify is actually 'Magpie Eyes,' and it's pretty good.

KevRus, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 21:12 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, I like Magpie Eyes a lot more.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 22:26 (two months ago) Permalink

For US fans -- PR note went out that the New York dates are currently on sale, the rest will go on sale on Friday at 10 am.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 16:13 (one month ago) Permalink

They look like people I'd happily go to the pub with, these days.

djh, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 18:50 (one month ago) Permalink

And here's "Magpie Eyes" properly

http://www.stereogum.com/1934331/saint-etienne-magpie-eyes/premiere/

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 14:51 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I'm feeling kinda nervous about this...there's been, like, no hype for the album. The two released tracks were just kinda "thrown" out there, and they're both pretty underwhelming imo.

There's another track floating around now. It's instrumental, and nice enough. http://thequietus.com/articles/22438-interview-saint-etienne-twin-peaks-angelo-badalamenti

KevRus, Friday, 19 May 2017 00:20 (five days ago) Permalink

I had forgotten how obvious the Lynch/Badalamenti influence is on some of their tracks. It's nice to hear they are fans! Pete mentions a couple of songs, but their version of "Puppy Love" surely takes the cake! (couldn't find on YouTube).

At this point I don't really care/hope for Saint Etienne doing well commercially as long as they put out good stuff. And I think they have a strong enough fanbase for them to worry about those things. They're probably going to keep making records anyway.

daavid, Friday, 19 May 2017 00:34 (five days ago) Permalink

I'm feeling kinda nervous about this...there's been, like, no hype for the album. The two released tracks were just kinda "thrown" out there, and they're both pretty underwhelming imo.

― KevRus

I know exactly what you mean. There seemed to be so much excitement for Words & Music. Tonight was such an incredible comeback single and the album completely lived up to the hype. This era kind of feels like we're back to the Sound Of Water/Finisterre days. Nobody seemed interested anymore and those are their two weakest albums for me. Hopefully it's going to be better than that.

kitchen person, Friday, 19 May 2017 00:59 (five days ago) Permalink

I'm guessing they don't have a lot of money to spend on promoting the new album... do they even have a US label?

erry red flag (f. hazel), Friday, 19 May 2017 01:27 (five days ago) Permalink


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