Friday August 4th 2017
Home Counties, the ninth studio album from alternative dance pop group Saint Etienne was released last month. The group was founded in 1990 by friends and former music journalists Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs. In 1991, the duo released their first studio album, Foxbase Alpha. The initial idea for the band was to have a rotating cast of lead singers, but following the collaboration with Sarah Cracknell on the track "Nothing Can Stop Us", Cracknell became the third member of the group. Together the group found immense success melding the swinging sixties London sound with club music aesthetics that were big at the time.
St. Etienne’s biggest single - "He's on the Phone” – appeared on the band's 1994 album Tiger Bay. Sarah Cracknell followed up with a solo project while Stanley and Wiggs founded a record label through EMI. The band’s 1998 album, Good Humour, traded club beats for a more traditional pop sound, while 2000's Sound of Water demonstrated atmospheric electronica. Following the release of 2005's Turnpike House, the band went on a seven year hiatus that saw a stretch of solo work, remixes, and collaborations, plus the release of Bob Stanley’s first nonfiction book Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonce. The band is set to tour the US this fall and will be in Chicago at Park West on September 29th.