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London-based Spearmint return this year with the follow-up their acclaimed 2019 album 'Are You From The Future?', the ambitious, uplifting new album 'Holland Park'. Often referred to as 'Britain's best kept secret', Spearmint have been making great records for a couple of decades now: this will be their ninth album proper. Still the same line-up: Shirley Lee (singing, guitar), Simon Calnan (singing, keyboards), James Parsons (guitar, bass) and Ronan Larvor (drums). This album will be the 57th release on their own hitBACK label.
'Holland Park' explores what it's like to be in a band, what it's like to have walked away from being in a band, what music means to all of us, and how it feels to lose your heroes. The spirit of Bowie hangs over the album. Singer Shirley says "What would the other members of the Spiders From Mars say now about their lives if we tracked them down? I don't mean Bowie's band, I mean Ziggy's band."
Re-united with producer Rhodri Marsden (Scritti Politti), and with contributions from Rhodri and Andy Lewis (Paul Weller), the band feel that this record is their best yet.
Based around the epic 12 minute title track, the album tells the story of Shirley's father's prog band in the early 70s: "They never made it, and there's nothing online about them, so it's down to us to tell the story." It will be preceded by three 7" singles with accompanying videos: 'Walk Away From Hollywood' 2nd July - an upbeat anthem about walking away from your dreams. 'Bundunyabba Blue' 6th August - disco identity theft in the Australian outback. 'Since Bowie Died' 3rd September " everything changed" On 5th November, a final single will be released from the album, a double A-side also featuring a brand-new Christmas song more news on this to follow! Spearmint plan to premiere the album live in London in November, followed by shows in Brighton and Bristol, with further gigs throughout 2022.
They Call Us Stupid
Walk Away From Hollywood
Since Bowie Died
Rock'n'roll! Never Was
The World's On Fire
The Streets Of Harlesden
I Won't Try To Fix You
She Says She Wants To Save The Pigs