New Spearmint album out today!

We’re delighted to announce that our new album ‘This Candle Is For You’ is out today, and we love it! You can get it digitally here, on limited edition vinyl here and on CD here, both with limited edition 32-page lyrics book.

Here’s what it says in the current issue of Mojo:

“London indie lifers; still minty fresh: * * * *

Established in the mid-90’s, the quirky, inquisitive Spearmint, led by the elusive Shirley Lee, build on 2021’s joyous Holland Park with This Candle Is For You, their 10th LP. Seasoned ‘Mint listeners will be delighted to know that all standards are firmly in place. Songs are sung about John Gavin, the man who was almost James Bond after George Lazenby, the relationship between Prince and Joni Mitchell, and catching night buses from Tottenham Court Road to Camden in 1999, all set against their sweet soul-Mod-country hybrid. As ever, it is cut through with reality and sadness – Flowers on the Bandstand examines the reaction to Sarah Everard’s death; the track’s extended flute and guitar fade-out is deeply moving. It is a delight to think there may be a Spearmint album every two years for the rest of our lives. Daryl Easlea.”

Not sure about an album every two years, but thank-you Daryl!

And don’t forget that tickets are now available for our first live show in four years, at Hoxton Colours in London on Tuesday 5th December. This will be the launch show for the new album, where we’ll play the new songs alongside tunes from our last album ‘Holland Park’ live for the very first time. You can get tickets here.

Cheers,

Shirl X

New single / London gig

Our new single ‘Older Cats 2’ is out now: and you can see the video here.

It’s available digitally here and on very limited 7-inch, featuring non-album b-side ‘Let It Go’ here.

We’re now getting ready to play at Hoxton Colours in London on Tuesday 5th December. This will be the launch show for the album, where we’ll play the new songs alongside tunes from our last album ‘Holland Park’ live for the very first time. You can get tickets here.

‘Older Cats 2’ is from our new album ‘This Candle Is For You’, which comes out in two weeks’ time. You can get the album digitally and on limited edition vinyl, complete with 32-page lyric book, which you can pre-order here.

The album will also be available on CD. Initial orders will include a 32-page lyric book, and you can pre-order here.

All getting quite exciting!

Shirl X

New Spearmint single today! London gig!

New single

The new double A-side Spearmint single ‘Prince & Joni’ coupled with ‘Three More Songs On The Jukebox’ is released today and you can see the videos here and here.

It’s available digitally and on a very limited 7-inch, which you can order here.

London gig

Tickets are now available for our first live show in four years, at Hoxton Colours in London on Tuesday 5th December. This will be the launch show for the new album, where we’ll play the new songs alongside tunes from our last album ‘Holland Park’ live for the very first time. You can get tickets here.

The new album

Our new album ‘This Candle Is For You’ comes out on Friday 17 th November 2023. You can get the album digitally and on limited edition vinyl, complete with 32-page lyric book, which you can pre-order here.

The album will also be available on CD. Initial orders will include a 32-page lyric book, and you can pre-order here.

Cheers,

Shirl X

New Spearmint single, video, album & live show

… and we’re back.

The new Spearmint single ‘Melody’s Mother’s Jam’ is released today and you can see the video here.

It’s available digitally and on very limited 7-inch, featuring non-album band favourite ‘Bradley’s Bar’ on the b-side. You can order the 7-inch here.

‘Melody’s Mother’s Jam’ is about the dwindling memories of the mother while she’s around, and the dwindling memories of the mother once she’s not… but it’s quite cheerful, really! It features Si on lead vocals and is the first single from our new album ‘This Candle Is For You’, which comes out on Friday 17 th November 2023.

You can get the album digitally and on limited edition vinyl, complete with 32-page lyric book, which you can pre-order here.

The album will also be available on CD. Initial orders will include a 32-page lyric book, and you can pre-order here.

Finally, Spearmint will play live at Hoxton Colours in London on Tuesday 5th December. This will be the launch show for the album, where we’ll play the new songs alongside tunes from our last album ‘Holland Park’ live for the very first time. You can get tickets here.

Hope all is well with you and hope to see you soon,

Shirl X

Spearmint single, a new Christmas song and 2 new videos!

The new Spearmint single is released today! It’s a double A-side featuring ‘Albion’ from the new album ‘Holland Park’ on one side. You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/pzgxEmEWGcA
On the other side is a brand new blue collar Christmas song ‘Santa Lives In My Building’, from the compilation album of new Christmas songs ’24’ on WIAIWYA records. It’s a true story, from time I spent in New York in 2014, and you can watch the video here:https://youtu.be/z13AeHCnO_8. You can get the whole ’24’ album on CD or digital here: https://wiaiwya.bandcamp.com/album/24
From around 9am today, both songs are available on a HIGHLY limited seven-inch from https://hitbackonline.co.uk/product/spearmint-albion-7inch – get it while you can. 
We’re out of vinyl copies of ‘Holland Park’ now, but you can still get the CD here https://hitbackonline.co.uk/product/spearmint-holland-park-cd and the digital version from all the usual places.
Hope you enjoy! Shirl X

New Spearmint album out now!

Our new album ‘Holland Park’ is in stock and available now:

Vinyl: Our stocks have sold out now, but you can still get a copy by searching for it online from other shops.

CD: https://hitbackonline.co.uk/product/spearmint-holland-park-cd/

Digital: https://spearmint.lnk.to/hollandpark (also digitally through Bandcamp)

Shirley has also put together an accompanying fantasy album: https://rgm.press/shirley-lee-from-spearmint-reveals-his-fantasy-album-tracklisting/review/

Here’s what the press have said so far:

Mojo: “How amazing that Spearmint, all in middle age, clearly still keeping up the day jobs, can unite to make music this wonderful.” ****

Eighth Day: “It’s brilliant!”

Morning Star: “Unique and beautiful… A fascinating musical voyage of affirmation and tribute” *****

Devizine: “This is one rich, uplifting record.”

Prog Magazine: “Durable, indefinable art-pop mavericks Spearmint go all out on the brilliant, bittersweet concept album Holland Park.”

About That Record: “Record of the Day.”

Brooklyn Vegan: “Another fine entry in a remarkably consistent catalog… from swoony new romanticism through Madchester, Britpop and the ’00s post-punk revival.”

Peterborough Telegraph: ” rich vocals and romantic songs are a tonic for sore ears!” 8/10

Wall of Sound: “a strong and persistent pop vibe, happy and upbeat. You can enjoy this for what it is, or you can take the time to listen to the lyrics, where there is more to be found than is often the case.”

Off The Hook: “A brisk poppy ride with fathoms of melancholy depth.”

Hope you like it!

Shirl X

‘Since Bowie Died’ single & video out now!

‘Since Bowie Died’ single & video out now!

The new single

The new Spearmint single ‘Since Bowie Died’ is out today digitally and on VERY limited 7-inch available here.

Our very own JiM has led on an animated film to accompany the single, which you now can view here.

The new album

Still a few CD albums left which will come with a limited-edition 24-page book of lyrics and notes – you can order yours here.

And you can pre-order the limited-edition double-gatefold 10-inch black-vinyl version here.

‘Since Bowie Died’ single & ‘Spearmint Choose Bowie’ playlist

Good day to you all… the third single from the forthcoming album is called ‘Since Bowie Died’ and will be released digitally and on VERY limited 7-inch on Friday 3rd September 2021.

Our very own JiM has led on an animated film to accompany the single, which will also premier on 3rd September.

And to get you in the mood, Spearmint have compiled a Bowie playlist here.

There is a 13-page feature on Spearmint in the latest edition of the truly excellent Eighth Day magazine, if you’d like to find out more about the new album ‘Holland Park’.

There are still a few CD albums left which will come with a limited-edition 24-page book of lyrics and notes – you can order yours here.

And you can pre-order the limited-edition double-gatefold 10-inch black-vinyl version here.

Finally, just to say that there are also good prices on Spearmint’s back catalogue here.

Order new Spearmint 7-inches and CD album now!

You can now place orders here for the rare-as-hens-teeth 7-inch versions of ‘Walk Away From Hollywood’ & ‘Bundunyabba Blue’, and for the forthcoming album ‘Holland Park’ on CD – the first 100 CDs will come with a free 24-page colour book of lyrics and notes on all the songs.

You can pre-order the limited-edition double-gatefold 10-inch black-vinyl version here.

We’re hoping these will sell through quite quickly, so happy hunting!

Shirl X

Video for 2nd single from the forthcoming album… and a Spearmint playlist

Here is the brand-new video for the second single from the forthcoming album. It’s called Bundunyabba Blue and will be released digitally and on limited edition 7-inch on Friday 6th August.

The album’s called ‘Holland Park’ and you can pre-order the limited edition, double 10-inch gatefold vinyl version now.

I’m hoping that details of how to order the 7-inch singles and the CD album will follow next week.

In celebration of the imminent new album, we’ve put together an album-length playlist of Spearmint tunes – you can check it out here.

Cheers, Shirl X