Also offering stealth advance
pre-sale for tour today.
Saint Etienne fans got a surprise email over the weekend
when the beloved UK
dance-popsters announced details of a very special 3-night tour the band will
be embarking upon. “We’re excited to announce that to celebrate its 18th birthday and special edition re-release, we’ll be
Alpha on the road this May,” wrote Sarah, Pete and Bob. “We’ll be performing all the songs,
many of which we’ve never done live before, plus a set of faves. We’ve picked
non seated venues so you can rock your socks off like its 1991.”
Well, all right then! For those not in the know, 1991’s Foxbase Alpha was the band’s
long-playing debut and it found St. E in a transitional mode: Sarah Cracknell
only appeared on parts of the record, Moira Lambert handling lead vocals for
their hit cover of Neil Young’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” and guitarist
Ian Catt was still a main contributor to the group’s sound. And as the above
note suggests, much of the album’s material was never featured in the Saint
Etienne live sets, which would soon be dominated by songs from the remarkable
second album, 1993’s So Tough.
So to say this tour, albeit a brief one, will be a treat for
longtime devotees of St. E is an understatement.
Those tour dates:
May 13 – ABC, Glasgow
May 14 – Leadmill, Sheffield
May 16 – Bloomsbury Ballroom, London
With the upcoming expanded edition of Foxbase Alpha, the band officially kicks off a reissue program of
its back catalog. Speaking recently to Pitchfork,
Bob Stanley explained that the CDs will be patterned along the lines of
Universal’s Deluxe Editions with fold-out digipaks, elaborate artwork and “tons
of stuff we never used” including instrumentals, four-track demos, remixes and
This all happens in proximity to a new Saint Etienne
compilation, the two-CD/DVD London
Conversations, details about which can be found HERE, and a new single,
“Method of Modern Love,” produced by Richard X.
Writes the band, “Thanks to
all who bought the single, it turned out to be a tough week in the charts but
we’ll still get an entry in the next Guinness Book of Hit Singles. Which is
important to freaks like us. Hope everyone who pre-ordered London Conversations has got it by now, we’re really happy with the way it has turned out. She’s
Beautiful indeed, right.
Review of Saint Etienne rarities box Boxette HERE.