Currently on the nationwide Fireball Tour with Less Than Jake, East London ska/reggae quartet The Skints have risen from the UK underground to becoming one of the most recognisable acts on the British circuit. Our man north of the border Cameron Law managed to catch up with them before the Glasgow leg of the aforementioned tour… Continue reading
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Time for The Colour Of Vinyl’s Album Of The Year, that is. Previous winners are Sharks (2012), Frank Turner (2013) and Rancid (2014), so who will take the gong this year? Go see. Continue reading
For 8 years now, east London’s finest exports The Skints have been plying their reggae/ska/punk mix around the UK and further afield. TCOV have been a big fan for a long time now, and their first full length album since 2012’s ‘Part and Parcel’ has been highly anticipated, especially after the success of last year’s ‘Short Change EP’.
Young Guns, The Skints, Bury Tomorrow, Defeater and many more have been added to the outstanding line-up of the award-winning 2000trees Festival, and you can grab tickets here!
Alongside the likes of Deaf Havana, Idlewild, We Are The Ocean, The Subways and And So I Watch You From Afar will be Fort Hope, Boston Manor, Sam Russo, The Lion & the Wolf, Alice Phoebe Lou and Hannah Lou Clark.
There will also be special acoustic sets from The Subways, Arcane Roots and The Xcerts on the Forest Sessions stage.
Early Entry passes for Thursday are close to selling out and organisers claim the Cotswolds event – which has won four national awards including being twice named Grass Roots Festival winner – is the very best place in the UK to discover your new favourite band.
“If you love new music as much as we do, then you need to be at 2000trees this July, with 100 exciting acts hand-picked for six different stages, we promise you will find fresh sounds and great experiences to share with your mates!” said organiser Andy Rea.
“Tickets have been flying off the shelves and we are confident we will sell out ahead of time, which is tremendous for a small, independent festival – it shows music fans really believe in what we are doing down on the farm every summer!”
The three-day festival celebrates its ninth year near Cheltenham, on 9-11 July. It features the very best new and underground music on six stages, plus comedy, DJs, a silent disco, quality food and drink and children’s entertainment.
The 2000trees festival was described as “the best festival in the UK” by Soundboard, a “magnificent weekend” by Rock Sound magazine and “one of the best small festivals in the UK” by The Guardian.
Following the announcement of their signing with celebrated label Easy Star Records, reggae-dub four-piece The Skints are excited to reveal the title and cover art to their highly anticipated third album, ‘FM’, due for release on 9th March 2015.
“The torchbearers for modern British reggae music” Clash
“Fresh Brit reggae” David Rodigan MBE, BBC Radio 1Xtra
Set on the hottest day in the city on record at imaginary London pirate radio station The Big FM / Frequency Murderation, 103.Skints, the album is inspired by a time when the young band used to drive around in guitarist Josh Waters Rudge’s car, tuning in to the radio and trying to find new music.
Pulling from various influences ingrained in the group while growing up listening to a number of different styles and sounds, ‘FM’ is The Skints’ fitting tribute to the radio culture they love as music fans. Progressing through the bubbling sound of grime and garage to summertime sound system reggae, roots, dancehall, traditional rocksteady, Motown soul and punk, the East London-based group takes listeners on a whistle-stop tour of the capital’s underground culture in their latest venture.
With Prince Fatty back in the producer’s chair adding his signature take on the genre, the album also features a host of exciting guests including reggae legends Tippa Irie and Horseman, grime MC Rival (all playing alter-ego roles as the station’s DJs), and even a surprise vocal cameo by comedian Rufus Hound.
Having finished 2014 in style, taking to the road on the Jägermeister Music Tour alongside Me First and The Gimme Gimmes and performing at London’s historic Brixton Academy in the process, 2015 promises to be another heavy year for the four-piece. With a headline tour of the UK, France, the Netherlands and Germany confirmed for April, including a date at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, plus the band’s debut USA venture booked for May, The Skints show no signs of slowing down upon the release of ‘FM’, for which further details are soon to be unveiled.
Pre-sale for this unique musical ode to London begins on Monday 2nd February and will be followed by the album’s official release on 9th March. Both the digital pre-order (iTunes) and the physical version (theskints.co.uk) will give away two instant grat tracks with each order.
UK tour dates:
13/4 – Epic Studios, Norwich
14/4 – Stylus, Leeds
16/4 – Studio 24, Edinburgh
17/4 – Gorilla, Manchester
18/4 – Library at the Institute, Birmingham
19/4 – Circus of Boom, Bristol
21/4 – 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
It’s that time of year, everyone’s dishing out their awards for 2014 and The Colour Of Vinyl is no different…
The rise of The Skints seems to have been a long, drawn out and often frustrating affair, but after touring with the likes of The King Blues, Less Than Jake and You Me At Six and collection a varied and passionate following along the way, their time is now.