Saint Etienne have announced new album Home Counties which will be out June 2 via Heavenly. (Pre-order yours.) It's their first album since 2011's Words and Music (my favorite album of that year) and was produced by Shawn Lee (Wall Of Sound and Young Gun Silver Fox). The 19-track album was "inspired by our bitter-sweet relationship with the eponymous shires that have always been part of our lives." More from the band's Bob Stanley and Sarah Cracknell:

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”

You can listen to "Heather" from the LP right now, and check out artwork and tracklist, below.

While the band have not announced a full North American tour, a few fall dates have popped up, including NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 26. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday, March 29 at noon.

Saint Etienne reissued their classic debut Foxbase Alpha last year. All tour dates are listed below.



Saint Etienne - Home Counties tracklist
1. The Reunion
2. Something New
3. Magpie Eyes
4. Whyteleafe
5. Dive
6. Church Pew Furniture Restorer
7. Take It All In
8. Popmaster
9. Underneath The Apple Tree
10. Out Of My Mind
11. After Hebden
12. Breakneck Hill
13. Heather
14. Sports Report
15. Train Drivers In Eyeliner
16. Unopened Fan Mail
17. What Kind Of World
18. Sweet Arcadia
19. Angel Of Woodhatch


May 26 Hebden - Bridge Trades Club
May 27 Oxford - Common People
May 31 Barcelona - Primavera Sound
Jun 02 London - Royal Festival Hall
Jun 03 Cardiff - Tramshed
Jun 04 Birmingham - Town Hall
Jun 06 Bexhill - De La Warr
Jun 08 Newcastle - Sage
Jun 09 Edinburgh - Queens Hall
Jun 10 Sheffield - City Hall Ballroom
Jun 11 Manchester - RNMC Concert Hall
Sep 26 - NYC - Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sep 29 - Chicago - Park West
Oct 2 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
Oct 4 - San Francisco - The Fillmore

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