Saint Etienne News

We’ve Been Trying To Tell You……

July 26, 2021

Summer’s here and the time is right to tell you a heck of a lot of news!

First up, we’ve made a new album called I’ve Been Trying To Tell You that will be released on September 10th. It was recorded at Pete’s Needham Sound studio and with Gurgles hero Gus Bousfield in Bradford. We’re very proud of it. People who have heard the record have used words like “reverie” and “dreamlike”. You may have heard snippets via Instagram and twitter. 

Bob: “To me it’s about optimism, and the nineties, and how memory is an unreliable narrator. Pete and Gus have done a properly amazing production job. I think it sounds gorgeous.” 

Sarah: “It’s the first sample driven album we’ve made since So Tough and it’s been a really refreshing experience, such fun! It’s both dreamy and atmospheric, late summer sounds.”

Pete: “We’ve really pulled apart and dived deep into the samples;  the concept and each of our interpretations of it have made this a very special sounding album, we hope you think so too.”

One of our favourite photographers Alasdair McLellan has made a film to accompany the album as well as doing all the stills photography for the record itself.  It’s beautiful – he’s an amazing director and you’ve probably seen some of his Marc Jacobs ads. The film will premiere at NFT1 on the Southbank on 3rd September. Tickets go on sale to BFI members on Tuesday 3rd August and the general public on the Thursday 5th August here.  News of more screenings around the UK and internationally very soon.

The premiere will be accompanied by a whole weekend of The Films Of Saint Etienne – from Finisterre to Holderness and all points in between – on the Southbank between the 3rd and 5th of August. Most screenings will be accompanied by Q&As with us lot, and details of all seven films and a selection of shorts can be found here.

The album itself with be available on both black and limited clear vinyl editions as well as a single disc CD and a limited double disc CD/DVD edition which includes both the album and the film ….you can pre-order certain formats from our brand new, super streamlined music shop here.

We’re also thrilled that Rough Trade have made I’ve Been Trying To Tell You their album of the month for September and will offer an exclusive sky blue vinyl edition with a three track remix CD with mixes by Daniel Avery, Jane Weaver and Vince Clarke here.

There’s also talk of a Heavenly edition with free flexidisc – please check their bandcamp shop here for more details – and as if all that wasn’t enough….. 

…..if you like your albums ‘super deluxe’ we will be bringing you news of a limited edition box set with signed prints, film poster, DVD, exclusive 10″ vinyl and 12″ album very soon.

Last but not least we’ll be taking this show on the road around the UK in November and we’d love to see you at one of the following dates…

November
18      Glasgow St Lukes
19      Sunderland to be announced
20      London Alexandra Palace Theatre

23      Bristol Trinity
24      Birmingham Institute
25      Saltaire Victoria Hall
26      Liverpool Grand Central Hall
27      Hove Old Market

See the events listings for full details and ticket links.

Lots of exciting news that we’ve been …..trying…..dying…. to tell you.

Lots of love
Bob, Pete and Sarah xxx

Limited Edition re-press of Misadventures Of Saint Etienne o

It’s (nearly) Christmas!!!!

November 22, 2019

Due to popular demand and daffy prices on eBay, we are re-pressing the long deleted Japanese only THE MISADVENTURES OF SAINT ETIENNE on vinyl and you can pre-order your copy today at our shop by clicking here.

This first ever UK pressing will be on both black and white vinyl editions and strictly limited to 500 copies of each. As you know we like black vinyl but wanted to offer a coloured vinyl edition for those of you who have been requesting this. The album comes with a download card and the catalogue number, if you’re interested is FO013. It has been mastered by Guy Davie who has done his usual excellent job – we’re really happy with it and think you will be too.

PLUS! As we’re in the studio working on some new songs, we thought we’d record a couple of new Christmas numbers – ‘Thank You Very Much’ and ‘Tramway Song’. Anyone ordering a copy of MISADVENTURES (or spending £20 or more in our online shop) before Christmas will receive both songs on a CD housed inside a Christmas card (FO014) signed by all three of us. You can’t say fairer than that, can you?

The LP will be £24 plus postage and we will be shipping during the first week of December. All orders made before Christmas will include the Xmas card/CD – one card per album ordered.

Click here to visit the shop!

Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay Boxset - Exploded Packshot

Tiger Bay – The Boxset

April 29, 2019

To mark its 25th anniversary, Saint Etienne announce details of a limited edition boxset of one of their most critically acclaimed albums Tiger Bay.

The lovingly put together box will be released on Heavenly Recordings on Friday 17th May 2019 but will be available to pre-order from the band’s webshop from Tuesday 30th April.

The boxset is sold via the band’s webshop at a reduced rate of £50 (plus P&P) and all those who pre-order by 6th May will receive a free copy of the 4 track Surrey North EP previously only available to those who attended the 2018 Christmas parties in Saltaire and Brighton.

The lavish set included a vinyl version of the original album cut at 45rpm over two discs housed in a beautiful gatefold sleeve, a 12 track vinyl compilation of rarities and demos Tiger Bay – Remains of The Day, a 28-page booklet featuring a wealth of unseen photographs and essay about the making of the album, a 12” x 24” reproduction of the original album poster, a reproduction Hug My Soul window sticker and a reproduction of the original press release and biography from 1994.

At the heart of the set is Tapestry, a 13 track CD album of previously unreleased ‘stripped-back’ versions and arrangements, taken from original master tapes produced and complied by Pete Wiggs.

Tiger Bay as it’s never been heard before and here’s a taster for you:

Saint Etienne celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tiger Bay

Tiger Bay – 25th anniversary UK shows

Following on from the band’s sold out performance at the Barbican Centre with the London Contemporary Orchestra in May, Saint Etienne will play four shows in October accompanied by a stripped back, 5 piece string section.

The dates are as follows and tickets are on sale now.
Wednesday 16th: Coventry – Warwick Arts Centre
Tickets – click here

Thursday 17th – Liverpool – Everyman
Tickets – click here

Friday 18th: Gateshead – Sage
Tickets – click here

Saturday 18th: Edinburgh – Queens Hall
Tickets – click here

Tiger Bay is regarded by many as their finest album. Released in 1994, it was a groundbreaking blend of electronica with traditional folk melodies, which included the singles Pale Movie, Like A Motorway and Hug My Soul. It was arranged and conducted by the late David Whitaker, who had worked with Serge Gainsbourg, Marianne Faithfull and Lee Hazlewood.

The Tiger Bay album will be followed by a set of hits and fan favourites also featuring orchestration.

Saint Etienne as you’ve never heard them before – not to be missed!!

Saint Etienne Tiger Bay Barbican

Tiger Bay at The Barbican

January 31, 2019

Tiger Bay at The Barbican
With the London Contemporary Orchestra
Wednesday 22nd May 2019 7.30pm

We’re really excited to announce news of this special show in London in May.
It’s the first time we’ve performed with a full orchestra and something we’ve wanted to do since releasing Tiger Bay 25 years ago.

Here’s what the Barbican are saying about it…..

“Saint Etienne’s Tiger Bay is regarded by many as their finest album. Released in 1994, it was a groundbreaking blend of electronica with traditional folk melodies, which included the singles Pale Movie, Like A Motorway and Hug My Soul. It was arranged and conducted by the late David Whitaker, who had worked with Serge Gainsbourg, Marianne Faithfull and Lee Hazlewood. The group have never performed the album with a full orchestra before, and this 25th anniversary show – to tie in with a box set re-issue – will be their only performance this year.”

Tickets go on sale to Barbican members from 10am on Thursday 31st January and to non members the following morning, Friday 1st February – click here for tickets.
Please be quick as we’re expecting this show to sell out.

More news on the Tiger Bay box set soon!!

Bob, Pete and Sarah xx

Saint Etienne Good Humor British Library Extra Date

Good Humor 20th Anniversary – UK Shows

August 21, 2018

This October Saint Etienne will play their only UK shows for 2018.
These take place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October in the grand foyer space at the British Library on the Euston Road, London NW1 – a short walk from Kings Cross station. Fresh from their US tour in September the 8 piece live band will perform the 1998 album Good Humor in it’s entirety followed by a set of hits, misses, fan favourites plus a new song or two.

Bob, Pete and Sarah will be joined by Lawrence from Go Kart Mozart who will be spinning a selection of his favourite discs before the band take the stage.

Running times are:

Saturday – doors 7.30pm – Saint Etienne on stage at 8.30pm-10.00pm – curfew at 10.30pm
Sunday – doors 7.00pm – Saint Etienne on stage at 8.00pm-9.30pm – curfew at 10.00pm

Tickets:
Saturday – SOLD OUT – sorry this show sold out in seconds flat
Sunday – a limited number available here.

Celebrating 20 years of Good Humor

Good Humor 20th Anniversary Tour – North America

August 2, 2018

Saint Etienne celebrate 20 years of ‘Good Humor’
with U.S. and Canadian dates.
September 5th – 16th 2018

Bob, Pete and Sarah chat about the tour……

Sarah Cracknell “I’m so looking forwarded to touring Good Humor this Autumn with our fabulous live band! Drummer Mike, The amazing Bennett Brothers, Gerard Johnson and of course Debsey will really bring the album to life and add a certain je ne sais quoi!”

Pete Wiggs “We had such a great experience recording ‘Good Humor’ at Tambourine Studios, and immersing ourselves in Swedish culture (particularly the food/bars/records/pool/bizarre drinking games aspects of it). It’s an album that imho translates nicely to the live ‘arena’ so it will be very exciting and fun to tour it with our current line up of ‘crack’ musicians”.

Bob Stanley “My memories of making Good Humor are all good, and that’s not just looking back twenty years through rose-coloured glasses. Living in a flat in Malmo together for 6 weeks made it feel like we were the Monkees, and I think that spirit comes across on the album. It contained some of my favourite St Et songs, that wise owl Tore Johansson’s production was exceptional, and I was thrilled when it went down so well in the States”

The band will perform ‘Good Humor’ in it’s entirety followed by a set of hits, misses and fan favourites. There will be a new song or two plus some super exclusive items of (music related) merchandise available.

Tickets are on sale now and these are likely to be the last US/Canadian St Et shows for the foreseeable future….
5 Sept        New York NY – Bowery Ballroom  – TICKETS here 
6 Sept        Brooklyn NY – Warsaw – TICKETS here
7 Sept        Washington DC  – Union Stage – TICKETS here
9 Sept        Boston MA – Brighton Music Hall – TICKETS here
10 Sept      Montreal QC – Thèâtre Fairmont – TICKETS here
11 Sept      Toronto ON CANADA – Mod Club – TICKETS here
13 Sept      Chicago IL – Park West – TICKETS here
15 Sept      San Francisco CA – The Chapel – TICKETS here
16 Sept      Los Angeles CA – Fonda Theatre – TICKETS here

Note – there will be some super special items of exclusive merchandise available on these dates.

Tickets are selling fast so please be quick…

See Saint Etienne in Glasgow, Britsol, Manchester, Bexhill and London

UK Christmas Shows

August 21, 2017

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without some Saint Etienne live shows.

So, we’ve decided to visit a few places around the UK we didn’t reach on the Home Counties tour plus a couple of different venues in places (London and Manchester) that we did. We’ll be playing a selection of songs from Home Counties alongside hits, misses and festive favourites. Tickets are on sale now via the links below.

We’ll be announcing some special supports over the coming weeks so stay tuned for news of those and get your party boots ready for one of the following:

NOVEMBER 2017
Thursday 30th – Holmfirth – Picturedrome – Tickets

DECEMBER 2017
Friday 1st – Glasgow – O2 ABC – Tickets

Saturday 2nd – Manchester – Ritz – Tickets

Friday 8th – Bristol – SWX – Tickets

Saturday 9th – London – Shepherds Bush Empire – Tickets

Sunday 10th – Bexhill – De La Warr Pavilion – Tickets