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SENSE OF DISCOVERY - SIMPLE MINDS

We heard the sound of trains passing in the night.
Living near railway tracks, lying in bed as kids. That was a sound that could encourage a romantic restlessness.

Years later it would be the sight of on coming cars in which we would invest our hopes, as we stood at the roadside of countless motorway junctions, hitch-hiking throughout UK and Europe. Our restlessness manifest.

Some of those early travelling days became fantastical, when all manner of adventures took over. Other days were sheer drudgery. Hours passed and without luck we’d find ourselves stuck in the middle of nowhere in the early hours of the morning. Tired, cold, but never without hope that something good was on it's way.

Spending weeks and months making music that finds its way onto each subsequent new Simple Minds album is rarely plain sailing.
Mirroring our earlier experiences, some studio days can feel fantastical, other days you feel the grind.
On no days however, do we feel that we are without hope.

Sense Of Discovery is the last track on our soon to be released album Walk Between Worlds.

I recall, laughing about it now, that we had one our biggest ever "verbal disputes" during the recording of it.
Animated, emotional, not quite physical thankfully. But not that far from it either.

Bad enough however for the producers and engineers to get up and leave the room. They were worried about what could emerge as a result of our dispute. They also had faith that if left alone we would sort it out.
We did sort it out, and have no doubt that the song improved as a result.

When I returned home from the studio that night, I could not sleep. Instead I went out walking near those same railway tracks.

I felt embarrassed about some of the antics that occurred earlier in the day. A little bit ashamed over some of the things that had been said.

I also giggled a little bit, thinking about how even after all this time, we are still as passionate about every single musical note that ends up on a Simple Minds album.

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SENSE OF DISCOVERY - SIMPLE MINDS
 
We heard the sound of trains passing in the night. 
Living near railway tracks, lying in bed as kids. That was a sound that could encourage a romantic restlessness.
   
Years later it would be the sight of on coming cars in which we would invest our hopes, as we stood at the roadside of countless motorway junctions, hitch-hiking throughout UK and Europe. Our restlessness manifest.

Some of those early travelling days became fantastical, when all manner of adventures took over. Other days were sheer drudgery. Hours passed and without luck we’d find ourselves stuck in the middle of nowhere in the early hours of the morning. Tired, cold, but never without hope that something good was on its way. 
 
 Spending weeks and months making music that finds its way onto each subsequent new Simple Minds album is rarely plain sailing.
Mirroring our earlier experiences, some studio days can feel fantastical, other days you feel the grind.
On no days however, do we feel that we are without hope.

Sense Of Discovery is the last track on our soon to be released album Walk Between Worlds.

I recall, laughing about it now, that we had one our biggest ever verbal disputes during the recording of it.
Animated, emotional, not quite physical thankfully. But not that far from it either.

Bad enough however for the producers and engineers to get up and leave the room. They were worried about what could emerge as a result of our dispute. They also had faith that if left alone we would sort it out.
We did sort it out, and have no doubt that the song improved as a result.

When I returned home from the studio that night, I could not sleep. Instead I went out walking near those same railway tracks.

I felt embarrassed about some of the antics that occurred earlier in the day. A little bit ashamed over some of the things that had been said.

I also giggled a little bit, thinking about how even after all this time, we are still as passionate about every single musical note that ends up on a Simple Minds album.

pic Stuart Richardson

 

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At least you felt passionate enough to care, and that will inevitably lead to friction at times. An apology can make all the difference the next day, though. Or maybe even just a hug! The very worst thing is apathy. It kills everything it touches.

Loved Lostboy’s version of this song Jim, it was beautiful. Can’t wait to hear what it’s turned into, not long now!!!! 🎶❤️🎶

Cant wait to glasgow liked the lost boy ideas as well signals and noise sums up why ive been a fan since 86...roll on the barrows...

Auld married couples always like a good fight! If there was make-up sex? Then that would be a story for the grandkids lol.

Id would have loved to have heard the tiff. I can only imagine what a few Scotsmen would sound like hammering it out.

Sometimes can be a good, because anger can turn into strength and strength into passion, and passion creates genius .... you, I believe will hear all that into Sense of discovery 😉💖

True Glaswegian spirit coupled with a passion for your music... would have loved to have been a fly on that wall 😳

The sound of trains at night is very comforting, in that life is still moving forward whilst nicely cacooned in one's home. It was the same with foghorns going off at sea on a dark misty night. Don't hear that anymore and that's a shame. The air is clearer after an argument and what breathes in instead is usually better understanding on both sides. Looking forward to hearing 'Sense of Discovery' with ablomb, Jim. 😀

Teddy bears thrown out of the cot 😂 The strive to be the best will always bring a little conflict. This looks like it could be a belter of an album.

I am sooooo looking forward to the new album❤️

Are we likely to get an autobiography Jim?

You are all an inspiration, Jim, passionate about your music!! 💖💖

Oh to have been a fly on the wall...

Per questo ho sempre amato la passione che gli scozzesi mettono nella loro musica, W la Scozia e W i Simple Minds

And that's where the greatest music comes from ..... your heart, your passion .... ps.... who won the rumble ? 😉

I like the thought of you and Charlie in a handbags at dawn scenario! That passion has always come through your music, that’s why I love it so much!

Passion sparks creativity 😃 Can't wait to hear the music those sparks created 🤩

Jim 😉 cool as always to read you...it's friday and you lead me towards the end of this hard week with an intimate and curious tale ... this is to make it clears to all those doubters who always circulate here that you have lost a personal involvement in the things you do. I hope everything ok in Scotland about bad weather ....Ciao and take care. Adri

Glad to hear the passion for the music is still alive and kicking. Looking forward to listening to the new album. 👍

Looking forward to hearing that tune 😁x

I wouldn't want to be standing between if an arguement became serious! But your passion for your music shows on every single song you produce. And long may that continue!

Disagreements with close family and friends always produce something positive and if you can giggle about it later,as I always do,then you know it was with real friends and real family x

May your urge to wander continue & your passion grow xx

I'd love to know what you said to poor wee Charlie, Jim. C'mon man. Spill them beans! :p 😉

Looking forward to album, you must be cold in Europe time you booked another tour in Australia 😁

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Simple Minds are proud to announce a brand new studio album with some very special European tour dates!

‘Walk Between Worlds’ will be released on the 2nd of Feb, 2018.

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Feb
13
Tue
2018
Barrowland Ballroom – Glasgow – UK
Feb 13 all-day

Simple Minds take to the road in February 2018 to premiere the new studio album, WALK BETWEEN WORLDS. The shows will be in three parts: a performance of the album, a live on-stage interview and a classic Simple Minds’ set, which will include the band further re-imagining and exploring songs from their extensive catalogue. For fans it will be a very special, one-of-a-kind experience.

 

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Simple Minds: TBC

 

***TICKET LINK WILL GO LIVE AT THE TIME BELOW***

 

Tickets go on general sale at 10:00 GMT [11:00 CET] on Friday 24th November.

 

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Alternate ticket link for general sale from 10.00am 24/11/17:

 

 

“We would like to remind all of our fans and members that despite hearing announcements elsewhere regarding possible concert performances etc, it is only when the date is announced here at simpleminds.com that you can be sure the information is 100% official and that contracts have been agreed” – Simple Minds

 

Feb
14
Wed
2018
Albert Hall – Manchester – UK
Feb 14 all-day

Simple Minds take to the road in February 2018 to premiere the new studio album, WALK BETWEEN WORLDS. The shows will be in three parts: a performance of the album, a live on-stage interview and a classic Simple Minds’ set, which will include the band further re-imagining and exploring songs from their extensive catalogue. For fans it will be a very special, one-of-a-kind experience.

 

Doors: TBC
Simple Minds: TBC

 

***TICKET LINK WILL GO LIVE AT THE TIME BELOW***

 

Tickets go on general sale at 10:00 GMT [11:00 CET] on Friday 24th November.

 

PRE-SALE ACCESS NO LONGER POSSIBLE

 

 

 

Alternate ticket link for general sale from 10.00am 24/11/17:

 

 

“We would like to remind all of our fans and members that despite hearing announcements elsewhere regarding possible concert performances etc, it is only when the date is announced here at simpleminds.com that you can be sure the information is 100% official and that contracts have been agreed” – Simple Minds

 

Feb
15
Thu
2018
Roundhouse – London – UK
Feb 15 all-day

Simple Minds take to the road in February 2018 to premiere the new studio album, WALK BETWEEN WORLDS. The shows will be in three parts: a performance of the album, a live on-stage interview and a classic Simple Minds’ set, which will include the band further re-imagining and exploring songs from their extensive catalogue. For fans it will be a very special, one-of-a-kind experience.

 

Doors: TBC
Simple Minds: TBC

 

***TICKET LINK WILL GO LIVE AT THE TIME BELOW***

 

Tickets go on general sale at 10:00 GMT [11:00 CET] on Friday 24th November.

 

PRE-SALE ACCESS NO LONGER POSSIBLE

 

 

 

Alternate ticket link for general sale from 10.00am 24/11/17:

 

 

“We would like to remind all of our fans and members that despite hearing announcements elsewhere regarding possible concert performances etc, it is only when the date is announced here at simpleminds.com that you can be sure the information is 100% official and that contracts have been agreed” – Simple Minds

 

Feb
17
Sat
2018
Salle Pleyel – Paris – SOLD OUT
Feb 17 all-day

SOLD OUT

 

Simple Minds take to the road in February 2018 to premiere the new studio album, WALK BETWEEN WORLDS. The shows will be in three parts: a performance of the album, a live on-stage interview and a classic Simple Minds’ set, which will include the band further re-imagining and exploring songs from their extensive catalogue. For fans it will be a very special, one-of-a-kind experience.

 

SOLD OUT

 

Doors: TBC
Simple Minds: TBC

 

 

 

“We would like to remind all of our fans and members that despite hearing announcements elsewhere regarding possible concert performances etc, it is only when the date is announced here at simpleminds.com that you can be sure the information is 100% official and that contracts have been agreed” – Simple Minds

 

Feb
18
Sun
2018
Ancienne Belgique – Brussels – Belgium
Feb 18 all-day

Simple Minds take to the road in February 2018 to premiere the new studio album, WALK BETWEEN WORLDS. The shows will be in three parts: a performance of the album, a live on-stage interview and a classic Simple Minds’ set, which will include the band further re-imagining and exploring songs from their extensive catalogue. For fans it will be a very special, one-of-a-kind experience.

 

Doors: TBC
Simple Minds: TBC

 

***TICKET LINK WILL GO LIVE AT THE TIME BELOW***

 

Tickets go on general sale at 10:00 GMT [11:00 CET] on Friday 24th November.

 

 

 

“We would like to remind all of our fans and members that despite hearing announcements elsewhere regarding possible concert performances etc, it is only when the date is announced here at simpleminds.com that you can be sure the information is 100% official and that contracts have been agreed” – Simple Minds

 

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