Inspiral Carpets return after 20 years with self-titled new album
13 October 2014, 06:00 | Updated: 26 November 2014, 21:32
It's been an incredible twenty years since Inspiral Carpets released their last album, Devil Hopping. Now they're back with a self-titled outing, featuring original singer Stephen Holt.
Masterminded by Farfisa organ virtuoso and Radio X Manchester drivetime presenter Clint Boon, the Inspirals first came to prominence at the tail end of the 1980s, with a series of self-released EPs that caused a rumble in the indie charts.
Back then, they were fronted by singer Stephen Holt, and their sound was a weird amalgam of classic indie anthems and 1960s garage rock, powered by the psychedelic fairground sound of Boon's keyboards.
With the rise of "Madchester", the Oldham-based band rode the wave, but as the hits started to come in, singer Holt left the band, leaving his replacement Tom Hingley to be the frontman during the baggy years.
Now, twenty years after the release of Devil Hopping, and nearly a quarter of a century after their debut LP Life, Inspiral Carpets have returned with Holt back on vocal duties and their sites set on that garage sound again.
Released on the Cherry Red label, the self-titled LP has been preceded by two singles, You're So Good For Me and Spitfire, which show that the band still have one eye on the 1960s and the other on the indie dance floor.
The track Let You Down also has a guest appearance by the Bard of Salford himself: punk poet John Cooper Clarke. Clint says of the collaboration:
"He's such a legend because his view of the world and social commentary is second to none. He's at his peak now - I saw him recently and he's equal parts Bob Dylan and Russell Brand, so contemporary. Stunning to watch. Our collaboration is one of our proudest moments."
WATCH OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEOS
INSPIRAL CARPETS - YOU'RE SO GOOD FOR ME
INSPIRAL CARPETS - SPITFIRE
INSPIRAL CARPETS TRACK LISTING:
You're So Good for Me
A to Z of My Heart
Calling Out to You
Flying Like a Bird
Let You Down