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Inspiral Carpets reform with original singer

By | Published on Thursday 1 September 2011

Inspiral Carpets

Inspiral Carpets have announced that they are reforming with original singer Stephen Holt for live shows and recording. Holt was a founder member of the band and appeared on two early EPs, but left in 1989 to be replaced by Tom Hingley.

Keyboard player Clint Boon told Xfm: “We’ve not actually started writing new material yet, but we are getting in the studio with the intention of doing just that. We’re also going to be re-recording some of the songs we did back in the mid to late 80s, which we never actually recorded properly, just demoed on cassettes and stuff like that. But we’re very much looking at the now and the future, while celebrating the birth of the band and going back to the garagy roots”.

Boon also revealed that after Holt’s original departure from the band in 1989, British rock history came close to being very different. Boon explained: “When Steve left the band, very amicably, that’s when Noel Gallagher auditioned to take his place as a singer for the Inspirals. We ended up with Tom Hingley, who’s a great singer and still is. Imagine if we’d taken on Noel? That’s another chapter of the Inspirals’ history that we should maybe one day investigate”.

Hmm, is Clint suggesting Noel should quit his solo career plans and reprise his role as the Inspirals’ roadie on the off chance they one day make him frontman? He’d have to lug their equipment quite a way, though. No UK shows have yet been booked, but it seems the band have got at least one date supporting Interpol in Argentina lined up.