Primal Scream have announced that they have added a new bassist to their line-up.
Representatives for the band have confirmed that Simone Butler has now joined Bobby Gillespie and co as a full-time member, filling the void left by previous bass player Mani, who quit to rejoin The Stone Roses last year.
At present, little is known about Simone Butler. A Google search of the name reveals an astrologer, an actress and a woman who survived 66 days adrift at sea. NME suspects none of these are the same Simone Butler, and Primal Scream’s representatives have no further information at this point. If you know who Simone Butler is, speak up in the comments.
Previously, Mani’s vacant spot had been filled by My Bloody Valentine’s Debbie Googe, although she was only recruited into the group as a touring member and not as a permanent replacement.
In January of this year, Gillespie said that he had no problem with Mani deciding to leave Primal Scream to play with the Madchester legends instead. “He has gone and joined The Stone Roses. That’s cool,” he said before the group’s Heaton Park reunion gigs. “He had been wanting to do it for years. I’ll go and see them live – The Stones Roses are a fucking great band.”
Last month (September 19), meanwhile, Gillespie revealed that Primal Scream would release a brand new album in early 2013 which would feature “modern rock’n’roll”. “The songwriting has got better!” he said of the new LP. “Live we’re a guitar rock’n’roll band but when we make records… it would boring if we just made guitar records, we’ve got our own way of doing things. It’s Primal Scream music.”
The as-yet-untitled album will be the band’s 10th studio effort and the follow-up to their 2008 album ‘Beautiful Future’.