Starsailor’s initial run ofsuccess saw both their 'Love is Here’debut album and the 2003 follow-up 'Silence is Easy’ hit #2 on the charts as they raced to atotal of 3 million sales. Now theirbiggest hits and fan favourites have been collated in 'Good Souls: The Greatest Hits’ which will be released on September 18th on Parlophone.
Thealbum kicks off with the band’s three biggest hits in the shape of 'Good Souls’ (#12), 'Silence is Easy’(#9) and 'Alcoholic’ (#10). Inaddition to those tracks, the album features a further seven Top 40 hits,as well as deeper cuts such as 'Tie UpMy Hands’ and 'Fidelity’ whichbecame staples of the band’s live shows.
"It's been over 15 years since the band firstformed and the songs still mean something to people," says frontman JamesWalsh. "They still sing the wordspassionately back at us at gigs. We hear stories of how songs have soundtrackedkey moments in their lives. That's why we felt it was the right time to releasethis album - hopefully if the songs mean this much to our loyal fans thiscollection can help spread the word wider. People who know us for 'Four To TheFloor' or 'Alcoholic' can delve a little deeper."
Inaddition, the album boasts two brand new tracks which were recently recordedwith producer Harry Rutherford atthe famous Fisher Lane Studios. "’Give Up The Ghost’ came from the energy ofbeing back together after so much time," explains Walsh. "It’s about not beingready to give up on something despite the challenges that you face." Theother new track is the ballad 'Hold On’."The lyrics are about reassuring someone whohas their life ahead of them and passing wisdom onto them," he adds. "Wewanted to get an anthemic chorus which should get the crowd going."
Therelease of 'Good Souls: The GreatestHits’ follows the band’s reunion with a triumphant set on the main stage atthe Isle of Wight Festival 2014.They subsequently toured as guests to James,before heading off to North American in 2015 for co-headline touralongside Embrace.
Completedby James Stelfox (bass), Ben Byrne (drums) and Barry Westhead (keyboards), Starsailor shot to prominence with therelease of their debut single 'Fever’.After an early NME live review drewglowing comparisons with Neil Young,The Verve and Coldplay,their 2001 debut album reached #2 shortly before they won the Philip Hall On award for best new bandat the NME Awards and Best New Act at the Q Awards. Thefollowing year they were nominated for BestBritish Newcomer at the BRIT Awards.
Releasedin 2003, their second album 'Silence is Easy’ featured two songsthat were among the last to be produced by PhilSpector and also peaked at #2, with the title track becoming theirhighest charting domestic single when it entered the charts at #9. The Thin White Duke remix of 'Four To The Floor’ (featured here as a bonus track) topped thecharts in both France and Belgium, and also hit #5 in Australia.
Theythen released 'On The Outside’ (2005) and 'All The Plans’ (2009)which featured Ronnie Wood before Starsailor went on hiatus at the end of the year.Starsailor recently announced their first full UK headline tour since 2009 which culminates with a London show at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on October17th.
October UK headline tour dates:
2nd – Liverpool, O2 Academy 1
3rd – Manchester, Albert Hall
4th – Newcastle, Riverside
5th – Glasgow, O2 ABC
7th – Leeds, Becketts Students’Union
8th – Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
9th – Northampton, Roadmender
11th – Norwich, Waterfront
12th – Cambridge, Junction
13th – Leicester, O2 Academy 1
15th – Oxford, O2 Academy 1
16th – Bristol, Bierkeller
17th – London, O2 Shepherd’s BushEmpire