On November 4th, the veteran Scottish alternative rock band Simple Minds will return with Big Music, their first album of new material in five years.
Three-and-a-half decades since their first real landmark album – 1980's thrilling, impressionistic Empires And Dance – the Glasgow quintet, with frontman Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill at their creative core, are rekindling the energy and attitude that made them one of the greatest bands of that era.
Yesterday, Consequence of Sound premiered the track "Midnight Walking" and said "even after all these years, the band still knows how to blend the perfect amounts of synthpop and meloncholy while striking right at the ol' heartstrings."
“I was thinking of my 17-year-old son and his mates in North London, all of them skint and just cruising/hanging around,” said Jim Kerr. “That in turn got me thinking of people on the move all over the world, for one reason or other, ‘all those people, marching people, trying to find somewhere to go.'”
Big Music, their 16th album was made with an array of collaborators old and new – including co-writer Iain Cook (of Glasgow band Chvrches) and producers Steve Osborne, Andy Wright and Steve Hillage (who worked on 1981's Sons And Fascination / Sister Feelings Call). The album will be released digitally in the US on November 4th as well as on CD, double LP, and deluxe CD on November 24th.
2) Midnight Walking
3) Honest Town
4) Big Music
6) Blood Diamonds
7) Let The Day Begin
8) Concrete And Cherry Blossom
10) Kill Or Cure
11) Broken Glass Park
12) Spirited Away