Updated: Saturday, 16th November 2019 @ 10:52pm

‘Our finest moment’: Inspiral Carpets join forces with poet and punk muse John Cooper Clarke for upcoming album

‘Our finest moment’: Inspiral Carpets join forces with poet and punk muse John Cooper Clarke for upcoming album

| By Michael Halpin

Inspiral Carpets have collaborated with legendary Salford performance poet and punk muse John Cooper-Clarke on their latest album.

In recent months the band have been busy recording and mixing their first studio album in 20 years, Inspiral Carpets, with original vocalist Stephen Holt.

The collaboration with Cooper-Clarke on the track Let You Down was described by keyboard player Clint Boon as ‘one of the band’s finest moments’.

The track is an intense slab of garage-psychedelia which draws inspiration from both The Doors and Van Morrison’s Them

With a long instrumental passage in the middle of the track and sparse lyrics, the band began discussing adding a guest to the track with John Cooper-Clarke being dubbed as ‘their only choice’.  

The band felt that the heavy Northern imagery of the track instantly lent itself to John Cooper-Clarke’s style.

Clint said: "He immediately accepted the band's invitation and recorded his vocal in one take using lyrics he'd written especially.

"We felt privileged to be joined by John on the record."

Following Cooper-Clarke’s recent collaboration with The Arctic Monkeys and his appearance on Have I Got News For You, the ‘Bard of Salford’ has found himself gaining his greatest bout of recognition since his 37-year career began.

The new album is scheduled for release on Cherry Red Records in late September 2014.

You can watch the band at the following summer festivals:

Friday June 18: Azzano X Pordenone Festival, Italy

Friday July 11: Bedford Corn Exchange 

Saturday July 12: Frome Festival

Sunday July 13: T in the Park, Radio 1 Stage

Friday July 25: Palmfest, Reus, Spain

Thursday September 25: Circolo Degli Rome Club, Italy

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