KEEP IT SIMPLE; First solo album takes Jim Kerr back to roots.
WHEN Jim Kerr made his first solo album, he was determined not to trade on his glorious pop past.
The Simple Minds frontman wanted to go back to the rock 'n' roll roots that got him started as a teenager in Glasgow.
So he's recorded his new material under the name Lostboy! AKA.
But he reassured fans that the breakaway does not spell the end for the band that he's led for 30 years.
Jim said: "Lostboy! AKA can and will move into the future in parallel with the continuing story of Simple Minds.
"I had a yearning to create something brand new, something that involved going back to the very beginning, something without past glories to depend on.
"I seem to have reconnected with the spirit of the kid I was when I first started to make rock music.
"As if I had come face to face with the lost boy that I had left behind, I wanted to make music that reflected the rediscovery of the energy with which I had reconnected."
On the album - titled Lostboy! - Jim collaborates with Minds drummer Mel Gaynor and bassist Charlie Jones, known for his work with the likes of Robert Plant and Goldfrapp.
Jim admitted that recording under his own name would have been "predictable".
And he insists the venture is no whim or part-time job.
He said: "I am delighted with the results and convinced that Lostboy! AKA is something special that will grow quickly over the next years."
Fittingly, Lostboy! AKA pay homage to some of the musicians Jim admires.
The track, Return To The King, is a tribute to the late Associates singer Billy Mackenzie and there's a cover of the Fingerprintz song Bulletproof Heart.
Jim also plans to release a cover of the Velvet Underground song What Goes On as a limited edition CD and 7-inch vinyl single.
He'll play it in his live shows, as well as early Simple Minds songs.
Jim said: "There is a quote saying that although the Velvet Underground in fact sold so few records, everyone who bought one then went on to form their own band and make their own music.
"Lostboy AKA! owned every one of their albums and begged, borrowed and stole to do so. Inevitably then it is right to acknowledge their influence and What Goes On is one of the lesser VU songs covered by others. I look forward to playing it in the live set."
Lostboy! AKA will showcase the album with intimate dates at Aberdeen's Warehouse on May 21 and Glasgow's King Tut's on May 22.
Jim said: "Lostboy AKA was born to play live. What better way to get the ball rolling than in a tiny club with everybody going nuts? The album Lostboy! will be released on May 17.
LIKE MINDS: Jim will still be working with old mates Eddie Duffy, Mel Gaynor and Charlie Burchill, top left