Saint Etienne News

Saint Etienne Scritti Politti Tour 2012

On The Road Again

August 28, 2012

We’re doing a few more shows in the UK again just before Christmas, stopping off at five cities we didn’t get a chance to visit in May.

We’re also pleased to announce some VERY special guests in the form of Scritti Politti – proper heroes of ours – who will be opening up for us every night.

The dates in full are:
December 2012
Mon 10 York Fibbers – tickets
Tue 11 Edinburgh Liquid Rooms – tickets
Wed 10 Manchester Ritz – tickets
Thu 13 Brighton Concorde2 – tickets
Fri 14 London Shepherds Bush Empire – tickets

Tickets are on sale now but selling fast, please be quick to avoid disappointment.

Also, rather excitingly, we’ll be playing our first American shows in six years this October and November. We will have full details of those very soon so keep your eyes peeled.


East London Before The Olympics

August 6, 2012

Heavenly Films are pleased to announce the DVD release of What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day?, Paul Kelly and Saint Etienne’s classic depiction of London’s lower Lea Valley before it was redeveloped to become the Olympic Park.

After their 2003 feature debut ‘Finisterre’ Paul and the band were commissioned by the Barbican in 2005 to direct a creative documentary with a live soundtrack. The film beautifully captures the east London site – its winding overgrown canals, and derelict warehouses – before the developers and bulldozers moved in, before the birthplace of plastic and petrol was changed forever.

Released as a limited edition of 1500 copies …Mervyn Day is presented as a double disc set which includes a DVD of the film itself plus a CD of the original soundtrack composed and performed by Saint Etienne. Also included is a lavish 16 page booklet with stills from the film and an essay about it’s making by Bob Stanley.

…Mervyn Day goes on sale today – from 5pm 6th August 2012 – and can purchased direct from the Heavenly Films shop here.
Priced at £16.99 (including shipping) for UK buyers and £18.99 (including shipping) for all overseas buyers.

Heavenly Films Official Site

I've Got Your Music Video

I’ve Got Your Music – the video!

July 13, 2012

Hi everyone

We’ve sifted, sorted and selected the clips you submitted for our video of I’ve Got Your Music – it took a bit longer than we thought!

Thank you to everyone who made the effort to send a clip in and we’re sorry we couldn’t cram you all in. You all look terrific with a great selection of records – it was difficult to choose between them.

The final video is here so see if you made the final cut.


Seven Summers

June 21, 2012

Seven Summers


The latest film collaboration between Saint Etienne and director Paul Kelly premieres at the Barbican Cinema on Tuesday 26th June

In the summer of 2005 director Paul Kelly and Saint Etienne spent a month filming the pre-Olympic Lower Lea Valley, around Stratford and Hackney Wick, for the the drama-documentary ‘What Have You Done Today Mervyn Day’. ‘Seven Summers’ is a short (10 minute) film which revisits the area in 2012 to investigate how wholesale redevelopment has affected local residents and the skyline of East London. Using previously unseen footage of the industrial wasteland on which the Olympic park has been built, as well as new footage of a complex landscape, ‘Seven Summers’ finds an area seemingly caught in a constant state of flux.

Commissioned by and screened as part of Create Arts Festival, the film can be seen for the first time at the Barbican – Cinema One – at 7pm on 26th June. Their will be a Q&A with Bob Stanley and Paul Kelly after the screening.

A limited number of tickets are available here:

Saint Etienne Guardian Session

See our exclusive Guardian session

June 14, 2012

Sarah and Debsey swung by the Guardian’s office recently to record an exclusive session.

Watch their beautiful rendition of Jan Leeming, an unreleased track from the Words and Music by… sessions here or below.

I've Got Your Music

Our new single

June 7, 2012

We can confirm that the new single I’ve Got Your Music will be released on 25th June 2012 on 7″, 12″ and digital download EP.

The 12″ and digital EP come with remixes by the amazing Golden Filter and Leo Zero plus the previously unreleased Dominion Tiles, while the 7″ is backed by Lullaby, an unreleased demo recording from the Words and Music by… album .

The 12″ comes with an exclusive, large 20″ x 30″ poster for the What Have You Done Today Mervyn Day? film. This is the second in the set of three – the first, in the Tonight 12″, featuring a poster from Finisterre.

As with our Tonight single, the physical formats are strictly limited to 1,000 copies worldwide each and come in a sleeve designed by Paul Kelly. They will be on sale from Monday 11th June 2012 at 4pm here:
12″ vinyl with poster
7″ vinyl


London Postponed – Rescheduled Date Announced

May 28, 2012

It is with great regret that we’ve made a decision to postpone Saint Etienne’s London Palladium show tonight – Monday 28th May.
The show is rescheduled for Monday 25th June and all tickets for tonight’s show will be valid for the new date.

Sarah has had a throat infection since the start of the UK tour last Tuesday and despite turning in some outstanding performances this week her condition has worsened to the point where she’s finding it tough to sing. We’re hopeful she’ll be well soon, but felt it best to move the show tonight.

Sarah said (in croaky voice) this morning – “I’d really like to thank all the amazing fans who have supported me throughout the tour so far, singing along and willing me along! It’s been absolutely amazing, thankyou so much. I’m looking forward to getting my voice back and seeing everyone in London on the 25th June.”

We’re sorry to spring the news on you so last minute.
With a little luck Sarah will be back on fighting form very soon.

Words And Music by Saint Etienne

Our New Album Is Out Now!

May 21, 2012

Our new album Words and Music by Saint Etienne is out now on CD, 2CD Deluxe Edition and LP.

Here’s what some people have been saying about it.
The Times 4/5
Guardian – dizzy with the joy of pop – 4/5
NME – this record is the soundtrack to your life – 8/10
Metro – a love letter to pop culture, signed off with felt tip kisses
Uncut – a beautifully executed love letter to the eternal pop rush – 8/10
GT – there is a solid gold pop heart beating at the centre of this long player Independent – a masterclass of pop theory and practice of perfect harmony

You can order it here…
CDAmazon | HMV | Play | iTunes
2CD Deluxe Edition
Amazon | HMV | Play | iTunes
Amazon | HMV