Today, London-based four-piece SPEARMINT announce their ambitious, uplifting new album: ‘Holland Park’.

The follow-up to their acclaimed 2019 album ‘Are You From The Future?’, the new album will be released on 17th September via WIAIWYA records.

The record is preceded by the joyous lead single: “Walk Away From Hollywood”, which arrives emblazoned with Spearmint’s sunshine-crafted hallmarks and suitably technicolour visuals.

The final track to be written for ‘Holland Park’, “Walk Away From Hollywood” is classic Spearmint pop, all breezy melodies and swooning multi-part harmonies. Listeners are encouraged to spot the tongue-in-cheek lyrical reference to ‘Spinal Tap’ too. Available digitally and as a 7” vinyl, it is backed by non-album b-side “Doorways”: a noir tale about cheating Death and Death cheating back.

Speaking about the single, frontman Shirley Lee says:

“Walk Away From Hollywood” is a celebration of walking away from your dreams, of having to change path halfway through your life. In the context of the album, it’s about coping when the band you’re in splits up, and you have to figure out what to do next, given that your dream has come to nothing.”

The day-glo animated video that accompanies the track is by Moth Media and features Shirley quite literally walking away from Hollywood, before ending it all ‘Thelma & Louise’ style.

Often referred to as ‘Britain’s best kept secret’, Spearmint have been making great records for a couple of decades now: this will be their ninth album proper. Still the same line-up: Shirley Lee (singing, guitar), Simon Calnan (singing, keyboards), James Parsons (guitar, bass) and Ronan Larvor (drums). This album will be the 57th release on their own hitBACK label.

Upcoming album ‘Holland Park’ explores what it’s like to be in a band, what it’s like to have walked away from being in a band, what music means to all of us, and how it feels to lose your heroes. The spirit of Bowie hangs over the album. Singer Shirley says “What would the other members of the Spiders From Mars say now about their lives if we tracked them down? I don’t mean Bowie’s band, I mean Ziggy’s band.”

Re-united with producer Rhodri Marsden (Scritti Politti), and with contributions from Rhodri and Andy Lewis (Paul Weller), the band feel that this record is their best yet.

Based around the epic 12-minute title track, the album tells the story of Shirley’s father’s prog band in the early 70s. As Shirley recounts: “They never made it, and there’s nothing online about them, so it’s down to us to tell the story.”

Spearmint plan to premiere the album live in London in November, followed by shows in Brighton and Bristol, with further gigs throughout 2022. Watch this space…

‘Holland Park’ is released on 17th September digitally, on CD, and on limited double gatefold 10” vinyl with 24-page lyric book via WIAIWYA records.

“Walk Away From Hollywood” // “Doorways” is available now, digitally and on limited edition seven-inch.

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London-based Spearmint have been quietly getting on with making great albums for a couple of decades now. Still the same line-up, still all on their own label.

Following on from their acclaimed 2019 album ‘Are You From The Future?’, 2021 sees the release of their ambitious, uplifting new album ‘Holland Park’

Often referred to as ‘Britain’s best kept secret’, the band have resolutely ploughed their own path. Their single-minded search led Joseph Gordon Levitt to bemoan “I don’t want to live in a world where no-one’s heard of Spearmint” in the movie ‘500 Days of Summer’ (itself inspired by the band’s ‘My Missing Days’ album) and led U.S. publishers Image to issue a coffee-table book of graphic novellas based around Spearmint songs.

Singer Shirley says “We’ve never been part of a movement, or part of a scene, we’ve been on our own all the way… and we still are. It sometimes makes it hard financially, but it’s worth it. We’ve been happily ignored most of the time, but it’s allowed us to just get on with it.” As a result, the band sound as fresh now as they did on their debut album ‘A Week Away’ which featured the indie classic ‘Sweeping The Nation’.

Spearmint is still Shirley Lee (singing, guitar), Simon Calnan (singing, keyboards), James Parsons (guitar, bass) and Ronan Larvor (drums). For the new album, the band reunite with producer Rhodri Marsden (Scritti Politti) and are joined by Andy Lewis (Paul Weller).

This album will be the 57th release on their own hitBACK label. Shirley: “We just started hitBACK to avoid all that business of sending off demo tapes to labels. We saw so many good bands losing heart because they were rejected, or worse, splitting up because they were signed and then got dropped.”   

Spearmint’s previous albums proper are ‘A Week Away’ (1999), ‘A Different Lifetime’ (2001), ‘My Missing Days’ (2003), ‘Paris in a Bottle’ (2006), ‘Shirley Lee’ (2009), ‘News From Nowhere’ (2014), ‘It’s Time to Vanish’ (2016) and ‘Are You From The Future’ (2019).