Spearmint (band)

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Origin London, England
Genres Indie pop, post-Britpop
Years active 1995–present
Labels hitBack
Members Shirley Lee
Simon Calnan
James Parsons
Ronan Larvor
Andy Lewis
Past members Martin Talbot
Dickon Edwards

Spearmint are a London-based indie pop band, founded in 1995. Their founding members were Shirley Lee (lead vocals, guitar), Simon Calnan (vocals, keyboards), Martin Talbot (bass), and Ronan Larvor (drums). Talbot left soon afterward, to be replaced by James Parsons. Parsons later became a second guitarist, with Andy Lewis joining on bass guitar.[citation needed] The group has received coverage in the NME,[1] Time Out, Melody Maker and Uncut magazines. [2]


Shirley Lee founded Spearmint in London in 1995. Lee played guitar and provided lead vocals, Simon Calnan played keyboard and provided backing vocals, Ronan Larvor played drums, and Martin Talbot played bass guitar. Forming their own label called hitBack, they released their earliest songs as vinyl white labels. When bass player Talbot left he was replaced with James Parsons, who would also design the band's album covers.[citation needed]

They released their first album, Songs for the Colour Yellow, in 1998. In 1999 they released their second, A Week Away, followed by the mini-album Oklahoma! In 2001 they released their fourth album, A Different Lifetime, which featuring Dickon Edwards as guest guitarist. Bass player Parsons soon replaced Edwards on guitar, and Andy Lewis was hired to play bass guitar. In 2003 they A Leopard and Other Stories. The next year the group toured Germany, performing acoustically, and The Boy and the Girl That Got Away, a limited-edition album of songs written specifically for the tour, was released. Their next release was Paris in a Bottle, and in 2014 the band released News from Nowhere.[citation needed]

The band were referenced in the film (500) Days of Summer wherein Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character states “It pains me we live in a world where nobody's heard of Spearmint.”[3]



  • Songs for the Colour Yellow (1998) (Compilation)
  • A Week Away (1999)
  • Oklahoma (2000)
  • A Different Lifetime (2001)
  • My Missing Days (2003)
  • A Leopard and Other Stories (2004) (Compilation)
  • The Boy and the Girl That Got Away (2005)
  • Paris in a Bottle (2006)
  • News from Nowhere (2014)


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