— All Saints (@AllSaintsOffic) January 1, 2016
The group, including Melanie Blatt, Shaznay Lewis and sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton, teased a comeback earlier this year on Twitter with an incomplete image (above), but today unveiled the rest of the shot along with a release date for an upcoming album.
Causing ’90s-nostalgia fanatics to wipe down their orange-tinted shades and dust off their cargo pants in total girl power preparation, the announcement has prompted much of Gen Y to totally lose their shit (guilty).
I PEED BECAUSE OF EXCITEMENT. #AllSaints2016
— Chax Cabrera (@azcharey) January 7, 2016
— Adil Khan (@83Adilkhan) January 18, 2016
In an interview with i-D Magazine, All Saints revealed that they will kick the album off with their new track One Strike on February 26. Their first single in over a decade, the song was inspired by Nicole Appleton’s split with Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher in 2014.
Proving the girl bond is still very much alive with this foursome, it was actually Lewis (the girl we can thank for delivering “the alphabet runs right from a to zed” with such sass) who wrote the breakup tune.
“It’s about conversations I was having with Nic at the time when she was going through personal things in her life, and as a friend I was just inspired to write about it,” Lewis told i-D. What Nicole was experiencing also affected sister Natalie. “The first few times I heard it in my car I couldn’t stop crying because I could hear so clearly what it was about,” Natalie explained.
All Saints first split in 2001 after wild success with tunes like Never Ever, I Know Where It’s At and Pure Shores. They did reunite five years later in 2006 but received mixed reviews from critics and fans with their album Studio 1.
While Blatt stated in 2009 that “All Saints are never ever getting back together again”, she did explain that she believes in their new material, telling i-D, “It’s the album I’ve always wanted us to make — and we’ve made it!”
Red Flag will be released on April 8, 2015. Until then…