THE SKINTS RELEASE NEW ALBUM ‘SWIMMING LESSONS’ + ANNOUNCE AUTUMN UK TOUR
London “tropical punk” four-piece, The Skints, are pleased to announce the release of their highly anticipated fourth album, ‘Swimming Lessons’, released today via Mr Bongo/Easy Star.
Drawing on influences as sprawling as Bad Brains, Popcaan, No Doubt, Alton Ellis, Wiley and Weezer, ‘Swimming Lessons’ deals with crushing heartbreak, the impending doom of Brexit and the current political climate, all the while surviving as independent musicians navigating the weird world of 2019. All of these are proverbial “swimming lessons” life throws at us.
In addition to the release of ‘Swimming Lessons’, The Skints are also pleased to announce a 10-date UK tour this October, kicking off in Leeds on the 17th October. Support comes from Toronto’s, Bedouin Soundclash
Born from the underground London punk scene, The Skints have built up a formidable live reputation in recent years, playing as many as 150 shows a year. They are described by Clash magazine as “the torchbearers for modern British reggae music”, marking them out as one of the most respected bands in the UK, whilst maintaining independence and a strong connection to their DIY roots.
Along with sold-out shows across the UK, Europe and the US, the band have performed at some of the biggest festivals in the world, and recently received plaudits for their new single ‘Learning to Swim’, grabbing critical acclaim, airplay and nods of approval from far and wide including the i (The Independent), Louder Than War and Don Letts on BBC Radio 6 Music.
Since the band’s conception, The Skints have toured extensively across the globe, playing hundreds of shows and festivals including Summerjam (Germany), Dour Festival (Belgium), California Roots (US) and ReggaeSunSka (France). In the UK, The Skints sold-out their most recent UK tour including London’s prestigious Shepherd’s Bush Empire, and have performed at Reading and Leeds Festival, Bestival, Glastonbury and Boomtown Festival performing to 15,000 fans.
UK tour dates:
17th Oct – LEEDS – Beckett
18th Oct – GLASGOW – Oran Mor
19th Oct – NEWCASTLE – Riverside
20th Oct – MANCHESTER – Gorilla
21st Oct – BIRMINGHAM – O2 Academy 2
23rd Oct – NORWICH – UEA
24th Oct – EXETER – Lemon Grove
25th Oct – BRISTOL – Trinity Centre
26th Oct – LONDON – Electric Brixton
27th Oct – BRIGHTON – Concorde 2