The ex-Kenickie singer hits the comeback trail...

Former Kenickie lead singer Lauren Laverne makes her full solo debut with the release of the ‘TAKE THESE FLOWERS AWAY FROM ME’ EP through DECEPTIVE on August 21.

She also revealed that ‘Don’t Falter’, the Mint Royale track that she sang on – a Top 25 hit when released in January this year – is to feature in Sylvester Stallone‘s Hollywood remake of the Michael Caine classic movie ‘Get Carter’.

Ringing from her Sunderland home, Laverne said she’d be releasing her debut solo album later this year, and that her brother Pete Gofton, formerly known as Kenickie‘s drummer and guitarist Johnny X, had produced all her new material. He also drums on some of the tracks on the EP, and all other instruments were played by Lauren herself.


Described by Lauren as varying between “acoustic summery stuff to a more electronicy feel – the best record I’ve ever had out,” the full tracklisting of the EP is ‘I Fell Out Of A Tree’, ‘To Have A Home’, ‘Good Morning Sunshine’ and ‘Some Kind Of Other Presence’. It won’t be eligible for the singles charts however as it has one track too many to qualify.

Laverne said that since Kenickie split dramatically in October 1998, she’d had a long break from the music industry and had tried her hand at television presenting.

“I didn’t want to get straight back into anything again. I did a bit of TV and I’ve just been writing…I’ve written about 30 or 40 tracks and probably about 25-30 of them are good. I’ve just got to choose which ones I’m going to record for the album now,” she said.

She also said that she would be backed by a “mystery backing band” for her debut solo performance at Carling Weekend festival next month at Leeds on Saturday 26 and Reading on August 27.

Laverne said: “I can’t tell you who they are, as they’re top secret music eggheads. But they’re certainly faces you’ll recognise.” The good money’s on Arab Strap, as Laverne is the girlfriend of guitarist Malcolm Middleton from the band.

Her brother Pete meanwhile is also launching a solo career, releasing a limited edition double sided single ‘Wild Weekend/Nilsong’ through Odeam Records in July .


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A new, as-yet-untitled EP is also expected to coincide with their festival appearances.

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