The unstoppable, wide-eyed, rump-shaking force of Skinny Lister continues apace with the announcement of their third studio album The Devil, The Heart & The Fight out 30 September 2016 through Xtra Mile Recordings. Preorder now through our XMR shop, our Kingston friends Banquet Records, online via Amazon or download only through iTunes.
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With lead single ‘Wanted’ – a fiery Elvis-gone-folk roar of an opener that sees frontman Dan Heptinstall saluting London, New York and Cairo in a song “about looking for life in the cities we’d visit”, The Devil, The Heart & The Fight comes out fists first.
Check out the lyric video for ‘Wanted’.
If their folk debut album (Forge & Flagon, 2012) celebrated the sticks and their punkier second (Down On Deptford Broadway, 2015) blinked in the bright lights of London; their rocked-up third sees them go global. Pieced together while on the road, and recorded over five weeks in Newcastle Under Lyme’s Silk Mill Studio in May 2016 with producer Tristan Ivemy (Frank Turner, The Holloways), it is Skinny Lister’s most far-reaching, exciting and accomplished album yet. It’s a full-on rock record that splashes even more punk vigour and 80s pop elements across their fervent folk canvas, taking in hints of Adam Ant and The Clash. It also brings the folk storytelling tradition bang up to date with its brutally honest and close-to-the-knuckle lyrics of real-life stories (‘Geordie Lad’, ‘Charlie’) and on-the-road mayhem (the Pogue-ish ‘Hamburg Drunk’).
A mature, vibrant and varied record, it mingles classic Skinny folk romances (‘Grace’, ‘Reunion’) with epic rock takes on rafter-rattling shanties (‘Beat It From The Chest’) and hearty Dexys-style tributes to the fans they meet on the road (‘Fair Winds & Following Seas’), plus a hitherto unseen darker side. Take the deceptively upbeat ‘Injuries’, Dan’s ode on the bruising nature of life, or ‘Devil In Me’, in which Lorna comes on like a particularly melodic Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction: “The devil in me will come for you and you’ll pay the price for not being very nice… you took my life, I’m taking yours, that seems to me a fair trade”. Gulp.
The Devil, The Heart & The Fight is like Skinny’s previous albums gone backpacking; expanding its horizons, full of adventure, discovering itself and doing things it regrets in the morning. Have heart, ye devils, join the fight.
2. Geordie Lad
3. Tragedy In A Minor
4. Devil In Me
7. Beat It From The Chest
8. Hamburg Drunk
11. Fair Winds & Following Seas
With the exception of the five weeks recording the album, Skinny Lister have spent the last 18 months on the road touring across the UK, Europe and North America to ever-increasing crowds. Their infectious, feel-good and uplifting performances are winning over fans all across the globe, whether its supporting labelmate Frank Turner on his arena tours or headlining their own sold out shows across America. They’re a twelve-legged party machine and one of the best live bands in the country. See for yourself on their biggest headline tour to date throughout October.
Before that though, Skinny will be performing a special album announcement party in their adopted home town of Hastings at The Albion on 28 July 2016. Click here for tickets.
04 Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club
05 Manchester @The Ruby Lounge
06 Newcastle @ The Cluny
07 Glasgow @ Nice N Sleazy
13 Norwich @ Waterfront Studio
14 Nottingham @ The Bodega SOLD OUT
15 Leicester @ O2 Academy 2
18 Bristol @ Exchange
19 Southampton @ The Joiners SOLD OUT
20 London @ The Garage