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Simple Minds unveil new album, Graffiti Soul

Simple Minds, Graffiti Soul

Story by Jack Foley

HOT on the heels of their 30th anniversary celebration tour, as well as their performance at Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday concert in London’s Hyde Park, Simple Minds have unveiled their new album, Graffiti Soul.

Due for international release on May 25, Graffiti Soul represents the band’s 15th studio album and 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.

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.”

He continued: “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.”

Simple Minds are in the midst of confirming an extensive Graffiti Soul world tour that will encompass songs from the new album, plus the band’s best loved classics including Alive and Kicking, Sanctify Yourself, Waterfront, Promised You A Miracle and Don’t You (Forget About Me).