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Saint Etienne announce first album in five years, Home Counties, share “Heather” — listen

British dance outfit also reveal a run of UK and select US tour dates

    Back in 2012, Saint Etienne returned after a sever-year absence with Words and Music by Saint Etienne. Now, they’ve announce their follow-up album.

    Home Counties finds the UK alternative dance trio capturing a day in the life of the “doughnut of shires that ring the capital” of London. By writing about the post-war towns that gave birth to The Beatles, Prodigy, Depeche Mode, and the Sutton United football club, the band examines “the love/hate relationship people have with ‘home.'” “Suburbia’s anonymity is exactly why it’s a source of inspiration,” said the band’s Bob Stanley. “They said it couldn’t happen here – and it didn’t.”

    The album was produced by Young Gun Silver Fox’s Shawn Lee with help from a string of collaborators including Augustus (Kero Kero Bonito), Carwyn Ellis (Colorama), Robin Bennett (The Dreaming Spires), Richard X (Girls On Top / Black Melody) and Gerard Johnson (Denim, Yes). Recording took place over a six-week span in central London.

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    As a first listen, the band has shared lead single “Heather”. It’s a moody synthpop number that tells the tale of a woman who “comes and she goes like the warmth in the daylight.” Take a listen:

    Home Counties Album Art:

    Home Counties Tracklist:
    01. The Reunion
    02. Something New
    03. Magpie Eyes
    04. Whyteleafe
    05. Dive
    06. Church Pew Furniture Restorer
    07. Take It All In
    08. Popmaster
    09. Underneath The Apple Tree
    10. Out Of My Mind
    11. After Hebden
    12. Breakneck Hill
    13. Heather
    14. Sports Report
    15. Train Drivers In Eyeliner
    16. Unopened Fan Mail
    17. What Kind Of World
    18. Sweet Arcadia
    19. Angel Of Woodhatch

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    Saint Etienne will tour the UK this summer, with select US shows scheduled for the fall.

    Saint Etienne 2017 Tour Dates:
    05/26 – Hebden Bridge, UK @ Trades Club
    05/27 – Oxford, UK @ Common People Festival
    05/31 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
    06/02 – London, UK @ Royal Festival Hall
    06/03 – Cardiff, UK @ Tramshed
    06/04 – Birmingham, UK @ Town Hall
    06/06 – Bexhill, UK @ De La Warr Pavillion
    06/08 – Newcastle, UK @ Sage
    06/09 – Edinburgh – UK @ Queens Hall
    06/10 – Sheffield, UK @ City Hall
    06/11 – Manchester, UK @ RNMC Concert Hall
    08/20 – Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
    09/26 – New York, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
    09/29 – Chicago, IL @ Park West
    09/02 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
    10/04 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

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