ONE of the biggest indie bands of the ’90s have announced a new tour to play their debut album in full – and they’re kicking off in Newcastle.
Inspiral Carpets will perform their debut album Life in its entirety for the first time on next month’s UK tour.
The album has been re-mastered and will be accompanied by a DVD of their legendary G-Mex performance ‘21790’.
Life was originally released in 1990, and reached No 2 in the UK album charts.
The tour, which starts at the O2 Academy on Wednesday, March 13, tops a remarkable year in the life of a band which most people thought they’d seen the back of.
Last March saw reinstated founder member Stephen Holt tour the UK with the band for the first time in 24 years.
In May, they were special guests on the Happy Mondays’ tour, which was their first tour together with their original line-up.
It included a triumphant hometown show at Manchester Arena, and throughout 2012 the band continued to play live.
They did several festivals, culminating in a televised performance at Old Trafford cricket ground in September during the England-South Africa T/20 cricket match.
Now they are hitting the road again, and as well as performing Life in full, fans can expect a set featuring more of the songs which defined them as one of the most important bands of their generation The band originally formed in Oldham, Greater Manchester, in 1983, and they rose to prominence as part of the ‘Madchester’ movement due to their sound, which featured psychedelic keyboards and guitars.
This Is How It Feels, one of the standout tracks from Life, gave them their biggest hit, reaching No 14 in 1990, and they enjoyed 10 Top 40 hits in all before splitting up in 1995.
They re-formed in 2003, releasing a new single, Come Back Tomorrow, which just missed the Top 40, and played a couple of sold-out tours and released several new compilation records, most notably the Cool As box set.
In April last year they released their first new material in 15 years – the single You’re So Good For Me – for Record Store Day.
Now they are going back to the future by bringing the album which many regard as a classic to the live setting.
Singer Clint Boon said: “I have great memories of us writing and recording Life – the culmination of the first five years of us making Inspiral music.
“It was such an exciting time. It is our most psychedelic and diverse work – working-class Oldham meets timeless garage pop.”
Bassist Martyn Walsh added: “I’m looking forward to playing Life in its entirety, as it evokes many fond memories. It feels like the first time, second time around.”
Tickets for the Academy show, priced £15, are on sale from (08444) 772000.