Simple Minds Unveil New Album Graffiti Soul

Simple Minds Unveil New Album Graffiti Soul. Jim Kerr of Simple Minds. Photo credit: Copyright Sven Hoogerhuis.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 due for international release on May 25th by The Universal Music Records label.

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 TheUSA, 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, Sanctify Yourself, Waterfront, 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."

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2009-04-03 13:31.

simple minds deserve alot more credit than what they get from the music press and industry ! all there early albums are seminal and years ahead of there time and there songs are still sampled by producers and dj's all around the world ! there live shows are 2nd to none and they have stood the test of time!! simple minds are a great band and i think this new album graffiti soul could be the start of great new chapter for them !!

steve london

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2009-02-27 23:19.

Will it be as good as new gold dream or once upon a time? Probably not. But let's hope it approaches these great albumns and they finally achieve the success they deserve with a brits lifetime achievement award. I mean - come on - the pet shop boys only had one good album - the first - and they got progesively worse after that

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2009-05-22 21:15.

Having posted the first comment, I have to say the album is pure genius. Too good to keep a secret, and definitely the best album since Once Upon a Time. It's sad that in the same way we kept listening when they were on the down hill slide, no one is listening now that they are back to their absolute best. This should be a multimillion sellor if there was any justice. If they don't get a Brit award, the music industry stinks.