To celebrate the release of their new album Simple Minds are taking to the road to perform their career spanning collection of songs acoustically for the very first time.
It has been declared “their best album in 30 years” and now Simple Minds Acoustic is being toured for the first time, with a date at Lighthouse, Poole on June 2.
The series of shows, which continues around the country throughout the month, follows several years in which the band has gone from strength to strength.
Simple Minds Acoustic continue their success with a one-off album release of stripped down and re-imagined songs spanning their eclectic and illustrious career.
On this album, the band have found a way of doing the acoustic thing without losing their essence, and a dozen Simple Minds songs loved by millions now sound more organic and even more likely to leave a lasting imprint. The synths are no more – but the Celtic soul remains.
Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr is clearly thrilled to be showcasing their work to a live audience, where they will be joined by special guest The Anchoress.
“The concert stage is where Simple Minds do their best work,” he says, “it is where we forged our distinctive live reputation. For that reason we look forward immensely to taking Simple Minds Acoustic out on tour.
“Don’t be fooled by the acoustic tag however! These shows will be as energetic and passionate as ever.”
Recording the album entailed a sentimental return to their Glasgow roots for Jim and guitarist Charlie Burchill, with some songs recorded in Gorbals Studio, a former railway workers’ social club located a stone’s throw from the high-rise estates of the city’s South Side where the pair took their first musical steps.
It was in this building that Jim and Charlie played their first gig, as teenagers in a school glam-rock band, and emotions were understandably high on their return.
The genesis of Simple Minds Acoustic can be traced back to a rare live session the band recorded for the Chris Evans Breakfast Show in September 2014, promoting their 16th studio album, BIG MUSIC. The reaction, to the band’s surprise, was overwhelmingly favourable.
With this in mind, the band began 2016 by putting together an acoustic set for the Zermatt Unplugged Festival in the Swiss Alps. Having spent weeks working on meticulously layered acoustic arrangements of their best-loved songs for that 90-minute performance, they began hatching plans to record them.
With Jim and Charlie augmented by regular bassist Ged Grimes, backing vocalist Sarah Brown, acoustic guitarist Gordy Goudie and percussionist Cherisse Osei, they temporarily halted the recording of the forthcoming sequel to BIG MUSIC – an album that is ‘anything but acoustic’ – and gave their complete commitment to an all-encompassing acoustic project. The recorded versions stick to many of the ideas forged for that Swiss show, with the synthetic sounds of old replaced…