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!

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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:

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Home Counties

March 22, 2017

We’re finally able to bring you news that or brand new album ‘Home Counties’ will be released on the 2nd June 2017.

It contains 19 ‘tracks’ inspired by our bitter-sweet relationship with the eponymous shires that have always been part of our lives.

We recorded it in the summer and autumn of 2016 and it’s co-produced by Shawn Lee of Wall Of Sound and Young Gun Silver Fox fame.

You can pre-order now on limited edition gatefold double vinyl, cd and of course cassette – with some exclusive extras – from our shop here.

Sarah Cracknell says: “We had so much fun writing for this album, drawing influence from our teenage years growing up in the home counties. Bob, Pete and I led almost parallel lives while I was in Windsor and they were in Surrey, developing our passion for music and London. Shawn Lee was a joy to work with, he’s a wonderful multi-instrumentalist who seemed to have some kind of telepathy with us and translated our ideas perfectly. The record is quite varied in styles and brings together a little something from all our past albums whilst sounding completely new.”

Bob Stanley says “Suburbia’s anonymity is exactly why it’s a source of inspiration. They said it couldn’t happen here – and it didn’t.”

Whilst Pete added “We took a ride and ran with the dogs”

As a taster of what’s to come we’re streaming a special preview song from the album entitled ‘Heather’ here

We set off on a UK tour in June but before that have three special warm up dates as follows….

May 2017

Fri 26 Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Sat 27 Oxford Common People Festival
Wed 31 Barcelona Primavera Sound

Our tour kicks off in London on the day ‘Home Counties’ is released and we’re pleased to be playing a few of our favourite venues….

Fri 02 London Royal Festival Hall
Sat 03 Cardiff Tramshed
Sun 04 Birmingham Town Hall
Tue 06 Bexhill De La Warr
Thu 08 Newcastle Sage
Fri 09 Edinburgh Queens Hall
Sat 10 Sheffield City Hall Ballroom
Sun 11 Manchester RNCM Concert Hall

Tickets for all of these go on sale at 9am this Friday and you’ll find links to buy at the ‘Latest Events’ section here or by following us on Facebook (Saint Etienne Official) and Twitter (@bobpetesarah).

We’ll also be bringing you news of festival performances and a US tour in Sep/Oct later this week so stay tuned.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.
Lots of love,

Bob, Pete and Sarah xxx

PS. We hope you like the sleeve artwork by renowned artist Scott King

Home Counties, the new album, released 2nd June

Home Counties, the new album, released 2nd June

Saint Etienne Foxbase Alpha 25 Anniversary Boxset

Boxbase Alpha

October 24, 2016

“And now ladies and gentlemen, what you’ve been waiting for!”

Finally we can bring you news on the 25th anniversary re-issues for ‘Foxbase Alpha’.

It’s hard to believe that a quarter of a century has passed since our debut album first appeared in record shops and we hope you’ll like what we we have on offer to celebrate this special anniversary.

First up…..

A single disc vinyl re-issue

An exact replica of the original Heavenly pressing from 1991 – resplendent with full colour inner sleeve and a digital download code for the music. Available to purchase from all good record shops and via the Saint Etienne webshop (click here) – for immediate shipping – from 5pm UK time this Thursday 27th October.

‘Special Edition’ Box Set

Limited to just 2000 copies worldwide the box includes:

• The original album remastered and cut onto two twelve inch 45rpm discs for higher fidelity, housed in an exclusive gatefold version of the original sleeve.
Remains Of The Day, an exclusive album that gathers together ten rare Foxbase Alpha-era recordings from the period most of which are appearing on vinyl for the first time.
• An exclusive one-sided 7” featuring the original, previously unreleased version of Kiss And Make Up, featuring Only Love Can Break Your Heart singer Moira Lambert.
• A perfect bound, 12″ square, 28 page book featuring many unseen photographs and artefacts from the era, plus a new interview with Bob Stanley by the Guardian’s Michael Hann.
• Three 10”x 8” black and white portraits of the group.
• A perforated sheet of Foxbase Alpha trading cards.
• Exact reproductions of the original album press release and biography.
• A digital download code for all of the music.

All items included in the box are exclusive and won’t be available elsewhere .

The box set can be pre-ordered at £50 (plus postage) from the Saint Etienne webshop (link below) from 5pm GMT this Thursday 27th October. Please move quickly as we’re expecting these to sell fast*.

Due to lead times we have been advised that this item will not leave the factory until December 14th. We are doing all we can to bring that date forward so we can ship orders in time for Christmas but there is a strong possibility that orders will not ship until the first week or so in January. We’re sorry for this but wanted to ensure the contents of the box were the best quality possible.

Last but not least we’ll be bringing you a..

Two disc CD version

This is essentially a straight re-press of the 2008 Universal Deluxe Edition.
It comes with a lavish 28 page booklet with extensive sleeve notes by Tom Ewing and Jon Savage.
Disc one is the original Foxbase Alpha album whilst disc two gathers together 14 rare tracks from the era. If you’re a CD person and missed this the first time around – now’s your chance. Available to purchase from all good record shops and via the Saint Etienne webshop (click here) for immediate shipping – from this Thursday 27th October.

* The first 750 orders received come with a complimentary Foxbase Alpha carrier bag.
* All the items mentioned here plus a brand new range of Foxbase Alpha merchandise including T-Shits, Tea Mugs, Tote Bags and Tea Towls will be available from 5pm (UK time) this Thursday 27th October from our shop – click here

We’re recording a brand new album at the moment and will be bringing you news on that very soon. We’re also planning a couple of Christmas bashes so stay tuned via all the usual places!!

Lots of love,

Bob, Pete and Sarah xxx