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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