The Jasmine Minks announces new 'Step by Step' single on blue vinyl 7"
"A beautiful yet simple stroll down the glorious world of independent music.. Brilliantly written and sublimely executed, the song and video turn a poppy chord progression into a catchy hook" – Jammerzine
"One of the most venerated indie rock bands of their era... their work is both timeless and canonical. Led by the positively ageless vocals of Jim Shepherd, the Jasmine Minks sound as vital as ever. “Step by Step” jangles mightily away while the catchy call-and-response chorus of “Gravity” is sonorous post-punk at its finest" – Stereo Embers Magazine
"A band that sounds as fresh as ever and, along with their original Creation buddies, their style has been kept alive and current. Check out the countless bands on labels such as Slumberland Records or Fortuna POP for further evidence... they more than likely set the blueprint for The Charlatans’ career" – Louder Than War
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With almost the same line-up as on the very first recordings, Jim Shepherd, Martin Keena, Walter ‘Wattie’ Duncan, Tom Reid and former Television Personalities keyboardist Dave Musker and Tom Reid recorded this new material together with producer legend Pat Collier at his Perry Vale Studios in London.
Presented as a double A-side 7“ single, 'Step by Step' and 'Gravity' shine as if the band had recorded them some 30 years ago. The first track is an upbeat and uptempo jingle-jangle harmony with a 60s chorus (written by Tom Reid) while 'Gravity' comes as a more fuzzy anthem reminiscent of 'Cut Me Deep'. Here we see fantastic songwriting courtesy of Wattie Duncan.
The Jasmine Minks have been strongholds in the British music scene since forming in 1983 in Aberdeen. In fact they were the first band to be signed to Alan McGee’s fledging Creation Records label back in 1984. Many classic songs, singles and albums followed. 'Think!' or 'Cold Heart' are among the best songs released during Creation’s early phase.
Fans of the band include Manic Street Preachers (the Manics actually got their name from the Jasmines’ debut album '1234567 All Good Preachers Go To Heaven'), as well as the legendary John Peel. The original line-up reformed in 2011 for gigs and a new song, which was also included on the Cherry Red career-spanning 2-disc compilation 'Cut Me Deep: The Anthology 1984-2014'.
"It was a moment of utter bliss when singer-guitarist Jim Shepherd confirmed that the single would be happening," says Ulrich Hoffmann, owner of A Turntable Friend Records.
As of March 22, this two-track single will be available everywhere digitally via A Turntable Friend Records with distribution worldwide by SRD Southern Record Distributors (London, UK). The limited edition 7” can now be ordered on blue vinyl in a cardboard sleeve (with download code) via Bandcamp and Limited Run.
With this new release under their belt, The Jasmine Minks will be the special guest of The Claim for the release day show at London's 100 Club the next day (March 23). DJ Vic Templar will also be performing that night. On April 20, they will also hold their own headline show at The Islington in London with support from Freya Beer. Tickets are now available for pre-order for both the 100 Club and The Islington shows.
New photos by Matt Jolly. Old photos by Bleddyn Butcher
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