Saint Etienne have announced the new album & details of UK tour

Saint Etienne have announced the new album & details of UK tour

Saint Etienne

Announce details of the release of their new album, ‘Home Counties’

Release date: Friday 2nd June – Heavenly Recordings  – HVNLP139

Released on Vinyl, CD and limited edition cassette

Listen to ‘Heather’ here

The Home Counties are an embarrassing place to come from. The name itself suggests that somehow the rest of Britain isn’t ‘home’, not even London. It’s where John Major’s vision of cricket and warm beer was meant to exist, but it’s not really like that at all, and it never has been. The Home Counties are a land of bootleg DVDs at car boot sales, Waitrose bags for life, parking disputes, bored teenagers in semis inventing ghost stories, squaddies causing trouble at all-you-can-eat buffets, train drivers in eyeliner and suburban rebels, a place where Tony Hancock and Spike Milligan drew inspiration.


Saint Etienne grew up in the Home Counties. Here are sixteen new songs they have written about a day in the life of this doughnut of shires that ring the capital, punctuated by bursts of BBC radio to remind you what time it is, and all connected by train journeys – main lines, branch lines, commutes, escapes.


It begins with SOMETHING NEW, and a teenage girl creeping through the front door after staying out all night. It stops at WHYTELEAFE, and imagines what might have happened if David Bowie had remained David Jones of Bromley, stuck with a desk job. It summons up the Enfield Poltergeist on HEATHER, and the anarchy of Essex’s Plotland settlers on SWEET ARCADIA. TRAIN DRIVERS IN EYELINER wonders what the railway network might be like if it was organised according to ASLEF’s taste in music.


The love/hate relationship people have with ‘home’ is particularly acute in the Home Counties. Yet Saint Etienne understand that, if you squint, it could be almost utopian – here are the post-war new towns, much of the country’s modernist architecture, and the non-league football heroes of Sutton United, Leatherhead, Harlow Town. Three of the Beatles lived here. So did the Prodigy, the Zombies, Depeche Mode, Dr Feelgood and, naturally, Saint Etienne, small town groups looking to the capital but audibly inspired by municipal housing, box hedges and ring roads.


The album was produced by Shawn Lee of Young Gun Silver Fox, with support from Augustus (Kero Kero Bonito), Carwyn Ellis (Colorama, Edwyn Collins), Robin Bennett (The Dreaming Spires), Richard X (Girls On Top / Black Melody) and long-time collaborator Gerard Johnson (Denim, Yes). It was recorded in central London. Sarah, Bob and Pete commuted to the studio every day for six weeks.

The track listing of the album is as follows:


1.  The Reunion

2.  Something New

3.  Magpie Eyes

4.  Whyteleafe

5.  Dive

6.  Church Pew Furniture Restorer

7.  Take It All In

8.  Popmaster

9.  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


The cover of the album was designed by renowned artist Scott King (


Saint Etienne have also announced a number of festival and headline shows over the summer, including a performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London, and a U.S. tour in the autumn.


The list of dates is as follows:



26th                 Hebden Bridge                                   Trades Club

27th                 Oxford                                                Common People Festival

31st                 Barcelona                                           Primavera Festival



2nd                   London                                               Royal FestivalHall

3rd                   Cardiff                                                Tramshed

4th                   Birmingham                                       Town Hall

6th                   Bexhill                                                 De La Warr Pavillion

8th                   Newcastle                                          Sage

9th                   Edinburgh                                          Queens Hall

10th                 Sheffield                                             City Hall Ballroom

11th                 Manchester                                        RNMC Concert Hall



20th                   Glanusk Park                                      Green Man Festival (2nd stage headline)


Saint Etienne will also be touring the U.S. in September / October. Dates will be announced shortly.

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Saint Etienne have announced the new album & details of UK tour