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.

Anyone who preorders the album by 28 July will be richly rewarded with a massively exclusive prize wherever you are in the world - a prize so amazing we can't even speak about it yet! Just keep hold of your proof of purchase! More info to follow.

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.

1. Wanted
2. Geordie Lad
3. Tragedy In A Minor
4. Devil In Me
5. Injuries
6. Reunion
7. Beat It From The Chest
8. Hamburg Drunk
9. Grace
10. Charlie
11. Fair Winds & Following Seas
12. Carry

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 / Twitter @SkinnyLister /


One of the best live bands in the country is back with their biggest UK headline tour to date taking place in October 2016. Skinny Lister, who have been performing non-stop across Europe and the United States, return with flagon in hand, party spirit in their bellies and only one thing on their mind: – fun.

You can view dates and ticket links at the XMR listings page. Full dates are also below:


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
15 Leicester O2 Academy 2
18 Bristol, Exchange
19 Southampton, The Joiners
20 London, The Garage

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2016 has already been an exceptional year for the twelve-legged party machine that is Skinny Lister. Kicking things off was a support tour across Germany, Austria and Switzerland with labelmate, and fan, Frank Turner. Then it was a quick hop across the pond for Flogging Molly’s festival Salty Dog Cruise around the Bahamas, before heading out on their own East Coast headline tour with label pals Beans On Toast and Will Varley in tow. Many of the shows were sold out well in advance and signalled a big step up for the band Stateside, with an ever-increasing fanbase begging for more. 

Since then, concentration has turned to recording the band’s third studio album, set for release in the autumn, on Xtra Mile Recordings. Lorna from the band says: “The last year has been amazing! The Xtra Mile Recordings family has welcomed us with open arms and touring the States, Europe and the UK with labelmates Frank Turner, Beans on Toast and Will Varley has been incredible. The excitement doesn’t stop there though; we’ve not stopped writing and feel very excited about what’s cooking!”

Album number three follows 2015’s Down On Deptford Broadway, a rum-soaked blend of English folk and punk rock anarchy that received rapturous acclaim, with The Guardian, declaring: “It packs enough punch to steamroll a saloon brawl.” More information on the album will be unveiled soon. 

Before the new album and UK headline tour, Skinny Lister will be no doubt at a festival near you throughout the summer. Confirmed so far are: Download Festival, Boomtown Festival, Highfield in Germany, and many more to be announced. / Twitter @SkinnyLister /


Xtra Mile Recordings labelmates and tour buddies Skinny Lister and Beans On Toast have written and recorded a festive ditty called 'This Christmas', released on 20 November 2015. Money raised from sales will go to homeless charity Shelter.

You can buy the single on iTunes or get it from our digital shop. You can also support Shelter’s emergency Christmas appeal. Please visit or text SHELTER to 70060 to donate £3.

While touring the US with Frank Turner, the riotous rum-soaked troupe and the ragged-throated troubadour bonded leading to this inevitable collaboration. 'This Christmas' is crammed full of poignant, bittersweet, funny but ultimately uplifting anecdotes of seeing family and friends at Christmas. The song boasts pounding drums, sleigh bells and decorative accordion while Jay Beans and Lorna from Skinny Lister duet around lines that are stuffed with turkey, presents and undeniable sentiments: “I love you, I miss you and I can't wait to see you and forget about all that other business”.

Watch the video below:

They had this to say about the union:

“‘This Christmas’ wraps up all our memories of Christmas into a neat four minute song to be delivered as a gift to our friends and followers this Christmas. It’s got family, nostalgia and festive cheer in abundance! Written and recorded on our recent tour across America, the Santa hats were crucial in providing that extra little bit of seasonal magic in the studio! We’re giving all the proceeds to Shelter, the amazing charity taking care of those without a home. Everybody deserves something nice at Christmas right?”

Skinny Lister are supporting Frank Turner once again on his UK tour throughout November while Beans On Toast headlines his own tour throughout November and December. Full dates can be found on our gig calendar. Their dates are also on their websites  and

Skinny Lister’s recent album Down On Deptford Broadway was released in April of this year garnering rave reviews across the board, with Q Magazine roaring “three cheers for a band who give pub rock a good name”, while the Evening Standard declared “it’s harder to imagine anything more mischievous”. Beans On Toast releases his seventh studio album Rolling Up The Hill on 1 December which has been described by Rocksound as “quite possibly his most accessible and immediate album to date.”

The money raised will support Shelter’s Christmas campaign. In Britain, 100,000 children will wake up homeless this Christmas morning. You won’t see these children on the streets. Rather, they’ll be hidden away in temporary accommodation – including cold, cramped B&Bs and hostels that are damaging to their health. Their suffering risks being forgotten.


To support Shelter’s emergency Christmas appeal please visit or text SHELTER to 70060 to donate £3.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness – and campaign to prevent it in the first place. Shelter is here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own. / / Twitter @Shelter /



Skinny Lister have revealed their new video — featuring the extraordinary drumming talent of Kagemusha Taiko — for standout track 'This City' from the album Down On Deptford Broadway. You can purchase the album on clear vinyl, CD and download from our digital shop.

Watch the video for 'This City' below:

These road veterens support Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls on their huge US tour (with label mate Beans On Toast) and the November UK arena tour (with label mate Will Varley). Dates and ticket links can be found on our gigs calendar. / Twitter @skinnylister /


On Wednesday 8 July, Xtra Mile Recordings are celebrating summer and the (hopefully) lovely warm weather by throwing a massive party at our home from home, The Monarch in Camden. Tickets for this fun-packed evening are £7 and available to purchase here

Also, on the same day, we are releasing the sixth installment of our annual label compilation, Xtra Mile High Club. More news on that very, very soon.

Dubbed Summer In The City — both the gig and the compilation — they'll feature acts from our roster as well as unsigned acts that we’re really excited by. 

The gig will be a night of unrivaled fun, with bands, beach balls and balmy summer cocktails (and/or beer). Kicking off the night is up and coming Brighton band The RPMs, whose passion for rock 'n' roll and a knack for writing killer hooks makes them a very promising band to keep an eye on. Then, fresh from a rambling tour of mainland Europe and the UK, comes wandering singer-songwriter PJ Bond with touring partner (and XMHC Vol 5 alumnus) The Lion And The Wolf in tow. Next up will be Xtra Mile’s newest signing, Will Varley. Singer, storyteller, poet — he’s supported Frank Turner at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as Beans On Toast and The Proclaimers. Poignant, funny and utterly charming, he’s one to watch for certain. 

Headlining the evening’s festivities are the twelve-legged party animal known as Skinny Lister, whose flagon of rum and infectious sing-a-longs will top off the night brilliantly. Their current album Down On Deptford Broadway is full of fantastic anthems about nights out, having a drink, love and living in London, and they’re the perfect headliners for our Summer In The City night. 

8 July also sees the release of Xtra Mile High Club Vol 6: Summer In The City — a digital-only compilation that celebrates the breadth of talent across our roster, as well as a selection of unsigned acts that are rocking our boat at the moment. It includes new and recent songs from Frank Turner, Will Varley, Dan Andriano, Northcote, Esmé Patterson, Billy the Kid, Mull Historical Society and many more. The full tracklisting will be announced soon.

Competition — win a pair of tickets to Summer in the City, plus the compilation!

Now you know all about it, why not try to win two tickets to the gig and a free download of the compilation? 

Using the hashtag #XMRsummer send us pictures of how you’re making your summer an XMR one, whether it's seeing our bands at festivals (or at gigs) or you’re just dressed in head-to-toe XMR merch while on a bike ride (as you do). However you’re managing to incorporate XMR into your summer fun, we wanna see. The best pictures will win this awesome prize! You and your friend/sibling/parent/cousin/lover/whomever could be partying with us all, and reliving the celebration afterwards with a huge bunch of XMR and unsigned songs with XMHC Vol 6! 

Tag your pictures on social media for us to see:  @xtra_mile for Twitter and @xtramilerecordings for Instagram. Our decision is final, and we'll announce the winner at least a week before the show. Good luck!