*Some have green "New Release Date" stickers of 1st September 2009
Simple Minds Unveil New Album 'GRAFFITI SOUL'
Hot on the heels of their 30th Anniversary Celebration Tour that
saw them playing to over a quarter of a million people during their sold out 2008 European/UK arena tour,
and their performance at Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday
concert in London’s Hyde Park, Simple Minds
are about to enter the most prolific period within their extensive career with the highly anticipated brand
new album Graffiti Soul.
Their 15th studio album, Graffiti Soul was initially
written on location in Rome, Sicily, Antwerp and Glasgow. Simple Minds
then returned for the first time in almost three decades to the famous Rockfield Studios
where the Scottish group originally recorded their earlier seminal albums
Real To Real Cacophony,
Empires And Dance
and sowed the seeds of New Gold Dream.
Produced by Jez Coad and
Simple Minds, the new album was mixed in Los Angeles by the legendary
Bob Clearmountain, who previously mixed Simple Minds'
multi platinum Once Upon a Time album, and who’s mixing
credentials include Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA,
David Bowie’s Let’s Dance, and Roxy Music’s Avalon.
"Graffiti Soul is a bold and energetic collection of songs, and
we could not be happier with the result,” says lead singer, Jim Kerr.
“Stylistically, this is a truly vibrant rock’n’roll album that’s bursting at the seams with quite possibly
the most ballsy pop songs we have written in years."
Although the heart and soul of Graffiti Soul is contemporary
in sound, the feel of classic Minds is evident, although the spirit of some of
Simple Minds’ original contemporaries such as Joy Division,
Magazine and the Stranglers, are not far away.
Continues Kerr, "It’s taken us a while, but over the last couple of years
Charlie Burchill and I have put together a great team of individuals to work
with, and that, as well as a revitalised and energetic new commitment has triggered an effect that has
dramatically overhauled Simple Minds. Graffiti Soul is
testament to that."
In addition to the launch of the new album, Simple Minds are in the process of confirming an extensive
Graffiti Soul World Tour that will encompass a lot of songs
from the new album, plus the band’s best loved classics including Alive and Kicking,
Promised You A Miracle and
Don’t You (Forget About Me).
“It was a great pleasure making the new album,” concludes Kerr. "Sometimes you hit
a period where everything just fits together perfectly and turns out exactly as you hoped it would. Graffiti Soul reflects that very
sentiment, and much more.”
New album 'GRAFFITI SOUL' released on 30th June 2009*