Saint Etienne announce their Christmas album ' A Glimpse Of Stocking' and an upcoming December Tour. After locking themselves away for six weeks in deepest Surrey, on a diet of glogg and cheese footballs to get in the spirit, Saint Etienne announce the release of their long promised Christmas album.
It mixes eight old (some very rare) songs with seven brand new ones. All of the new ones are self-written except for the Doors' surprisingly festive Wintertime Love. Other treats to accompany a feast of port and stilton include the saucy Unwrap Me, the Daft Punk meets Woolies ad rave-up Gonna Have a Party, and the Rea-in-reverse Welcome Home (with Sarah waiting for Chris to turn up on her doorstep), and No Cure For The Common Christmas is a cracking uptempo yet melancholy Pete Wiggs track with an Ennio Morricone/New Order feel.
'A Glimpse of Stocking' will be a limited edition of 3,000 numbered copies, available for the 2010 festive season only. Copies are available from the bands website only or at the bands forthcoming Christmas shows (50 copies per evening). There is also a special deluxe edition available £150 which will include an extra CD with a Personally Dedicated Christmas Song, sung by Sarah, not available on the main album. This is the only way you'll be able to get this song, AND your name will be in the lyric.
As well, the artwork, and the group's Christmas card, are both designed by Lora Findlay, who designed the sleeve for their much lauded Tales From Turnpike Lane.
Saint Etienne still have a few more live dates left on their seasonal tour of the UK:
11th Dec: Kilkenny, Set Theatre16th Dec: Glasgow, ABC17th Dec: Manchester, Ritz18th Dec: London, Kentish Town HMV Forum
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