Shirley Lee on Spearmint’s new single

Indie-pop legends Spearmint are back with a new single, Senseless (A Stranger) b/w he Music They Love Us To Hate, which will be released on the 7th April on wiaiwya records, the first instalment of their final 7777777 singles club. Read all about it and preorder here.

Frontman Shirley Lee told me a bit more about how the single came about…

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Spearmint close their latest chapter with a bang at The Water Rats

Spearmint triumphantly bowed out of their latest chapter at London’s Water Rats on Friday. The ‘jukebox’ gig, billed as the band’s last for a couple of years, saw the full span of Spearmint’s career covered in a set chosen by an online fan vote.

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An interview with Spearmint’s Shirley Lee: “I remember Joe Strummer talking about how the Clash did 30 killer gigs in a row – well we did two!”

Indie cult-heroes Spearmint play their last gig for a couple of years next month at London’s Water Rats. The setlist will be decided entirely by a fan vote on the band’s website. Frontman Shirley Lee told me about the unusual gig format, a recent trip to Paris and his eclectic current listening.

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Put your coat on: why We’re Going Out is one of my favourite songs ever

Everybody’s got something that they’re trying to get over (yes they do),
And sometimes it shows through.
Everybody’s got something they’ve had to live through (yes they do),
And sometimes for me it’s you!”

Fantastic songs crop up, it seems, when you least expect them to. You might be idly listening to the radio, when something comes on which takes you by surprise: this is exactly what happened recently when BBC 6 Music played The The’s Record Store Day single the day before it was released. I didn’t really know the band, but it immediately piqued my attention and left me desperate to hear it again.

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