Xtra Mile Recordings (Frank Turner, Against Me!, Mineral) is proud to present its newest signing, the six-piece London-based folk band Skinny Lister, and the release of its forthcoming sophomore album titled Down On Deptford Broadway. Being released in North America on Tuesday, April 21, Down On Deptford Broadway was produced by Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Flogging Molly, Lucero) and is an album packed with smart songwriting that joins elements of folk with the attitude of punk and rock ‘n’ roll that bursts with sing-along choruses and infectious, raucous energy. The band has also released “Cathy” from the new album, an offering that perfectly fuses their traditional shanti-inspired folk with an attitude and stomp akin to The Pogues. “Cathy” is an ode to addiction and recklessness,” said singer/guitarist Dan Heptinstall. “A declaration of desire for someone or something that you know is bad for you, and you’d be wise to steer well clear of. It’s the classic wrestle between head and heart.” Check out the brand new music video for “Cathy” now streaming via VEVO here.
Following the band’s successful run on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour, their well-received appearance at SXSW that year, and the release of its debut album, Forge & Flagon (SideOneDummy Records), Skinny Lister have continued to cause chaos and make friends and fans, traveling to the four corners of the globe delivering their unique blend of English folk and punk rock anarchy. From Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival to the desert stage of California’s prestigious Coachella, via the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury and many a festival across Europe and beyond, Skinny Lister have proven themselves to be a live experience never to be forgotten.
On the heels of the impression Skinny Lister left after the release of Forge & Flagon, the band descended on the historic Rockfield Studios in Wales in December 2013 to record their second album, Down On Deptford Broadway, with notable producer Ted Hutt. Taking a more urban slant, the LP takes in city-wide pub crawls (“Six Whiskies”), hazy lock-ins (“George’s Glass”), the struggles of modern living (“This Is War”) and, on the Clash-esque first single, “Trouble On Oxford Street,” a real-life fight that Hepinstall had in the West End. Between their Celtic swings, romantic folk balladry and grand sway-along anthems, Skinny Lister have taken on a host of fresh inflections, from Costello to Tenpole Tudor. “We’re trying to push forward the sound we had before,” singer and mandolin player Max Thomas said. “We don’t want to be a static band that just does this – we want to move with whatever influences are going on around us all the time. We might end up being a band that’s got quite a different feel to each album.”
Skinny Lister will be touring North America in 2015, including a visit to Austin, TX in March for the SXSW Music and Arts Festival. Tour dates and live appearances to be announced shortly.
Down On Deptford Broadway tracklisting:
- Raise A Wreck
- Trouble On Oxford Street
- George’s Glass
- What Can I Say?
- Six Whiskies
- This Is War
- Ten Thousand Voices
- Bonny Away
- Bold As Brass
- This City
- The Dreich
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