Hard to believe, but these Glasgow legends have been going since 1977, forming from the ashes of punk band Johnny and The Self Abusers. Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill remain at the helm of this remarkable group who have stayed true to their origins and to the music they make. Refusing to join the celebrity/cabaret/retro circuits, they instead continue to release original music that is always heartfelt, and euphoric in tone and atmosphere. Walk Between Worlds is their 18th studio album, and their first one since 2014’s Big Music. Jim Kerr took some time out to chat with Brightonsfinest.
Simple Minds have nearly always been a mid-tier level of band in the industry. Of course, they flirted with the pinnacle with hits ‘(Don’t You) Forget About Me’ and ‘Alive and Kicking’, but, ultimately, they’ve never had the hits to maintain that height of popularity for a lengthy period of time. Their latest album, and their 17th if you’re counting, promises to be, “More inspired by the likes Sly & The Family Stone than a traditional male rock band”, but, in actual fact, it appears to be more influenced by the Simple Minds of the 80s, as they spend most of the record trying to find the formula which made them so exciting in the first place.