Skinny Lister today lay out the incendiary plans for their fourth studio album The Story Is…, released on 1 March 2019. Preorder now. Bundles include vinyl, CD or download with 2019 tour tickets in UK and Europe. Check out the options on the website.
That’s not all. Batten down the hatches ladies and gentlemen, as tempestuous folk-punk renegades Skinny Lister are back with their explosive new single, ‘38 Minutes’, the first taken from The Story Is… . Listen below.
Lead single ‘38 Minutes’ is a tense new track inspired by the ballistic missile alert triggered in Hawaii at the beginning of 2018. For a terrifying half hour, officials led the island to believe that the end was nigh. As sirens wailed and panic prevailed, the locals were starkly informed that “this is not a drill”.
But it was, of course, just that. While it might not go down as a red letter day for the Hawaiian authorities, Skinny Lister fans can rejoice as this episode arrives transformed some months later into an ebullient new single ‘38 Minutes’ and the first to emerge of many stories that make up their new album The Story Is… .
If it sounds like something of a pick’n’mix of assorted tales ready to share with you, well that’s because it is. A loosely-based concept album, The Story Is… anthologises a series of personal vignettes inspired by a chaotic few years for the band and binds them into 14 tracks of unmistakably Skinny-sounding rock’n’roll.
Gather in close and lend your ears as Skinny Lister rifle through The Story Is… and pull out scorched stories of aggravated arsonists (‘Artist Arsonist’), rib-tickling tales of regretful re-fuellings (‘Diesel Vehicle’), and pleas inspired by some of life’s hardest lessons (‘Stop & Breathe’).
From tales inspired by the minutiae of our day-to-day lives to paranoid ruminations of impending apocalypse, The Story Is… sees Skinny Lister deliver their most lyrically astute and compelling album to date. Coupled with a veritable sonic smorgasbord of new sounds and songcraft, there are plenty of tell-tale signs that ring true of a band on stimulated form and at the top of their game. From the new wave nuances of The Jam’s classic output (‘Cause for Chorus’) to vintage ska-janglings (‘Second Amendment’), not to mention lashings of the band’s trademarkedly barnstorming folk-punk (‘Rattle & Roar’) and gentle ballads (‘Sometimes So It Goes’), the sextet’s latest release not only sees them expand their horizons but arguably finds them in the most potent pop form of their career, all produced and mixed by the highly capable Barny Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, The Enemy, The Temper Trap).
But the story doesn’t end here. With one of the most reputable live shows in the business (hailed as “a deafening and visceral experience” by The Independent, 5/5), Skinny Lister will also be touring The Story Is… with a series of their incredible live shows across the UK and Europe in 2019.
Don’t miss your chance to become part of their latest adventures as the band embark on a two-leg UK tour, plus dates in Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Holland and Belgium throughout the spring.
Tickets for all dates will go on general sale Friday 2 November, with pre-sale available from Wednesday 31 October 2018 from their website.
SKINNY LISTER: ‘THE STORY IS…’ 2019 TOUR
28 Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
01 Norwich, UK @ Arts Centre
02 Southampton, UK @ 1865
06 Bristol, UK @ Fleece
07 Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts
08 Leeds, UK @ Key Club
09 Leicester, UK @ Academy
13 Berlin, Germany @ SO36
14 Kiel, Germany @: Orange Club
15 Erfurt, Germany @ Kalif Storch
16 Prague, Czech Republic @ Futurum
17 Nuremberg, Germany @ Der Hirsch
19 Frankfurt, Germany @ Batschkapp
20 Vienna, Austria @ Arena
21 Munich, Germany @ Strom
22 Bern, Switzerland @ Bierhubeli
23 Zürich, Switzerland @ Dynamo
26 Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie
27 Rouen, France @ Le 106
28 Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Paradiso Noord
29 Cologne, Germany @ Stollwerk
30 Antwerp, Belgium @ Kavka
03 Edinburgh, UK @ The Mash House
04 Newcastle, UK @ Riverside
05 Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
06 Manchester, UK @ Club Academy 2
10 Cambridge, UK @ Junction 1
11 London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
Since 2009, Skinny Lister, have never done things by half measures. Passing the growing flagon of their experiences with every album and tour, they’ve led an endless parade gathering fans old and new, from the respected folk circuit to the riotous Download Festival, igniting pogoing mosh-pits at each. Over the past ten years they’ve travelled from rain-soaked London to the vast arteries of the USA, upgrading from narrow boat to Salty Dog Cruise, played huge tours across Europe and North America with Frank Turner, Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly as well as headlining themselves across festivals, sweatboxes and ever-larger venues.
With three previous albums under their belt, Forge & Flagon, Down on Deptford Broadway and The Devil, the Heart & the Fight, the band have explored a lexicon of tastes through a whirlwind of adventures across the globe. And in 2019, Skinny Lister will open an all new chapter as they release their fourth studio LP The Story Is… .