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four-piece, The Skints, have clawed their way up from the depths of the
underground punk/ska scene to a unique fixture on the global reggae stage.
Drawing influences as wide as soul, pop, grime and hardcore, their original
brand of “tropical punk” has seen them evolve in to one of the hardest working
and most respected bands in UK music.
band’s new single ‘Learning to Swim’, released 18th January via Mr
Bongo, fuses the tenderness of lovers rock, the catchiness of pop with the urgency
of hardcore punk, to create a unique sound that promises future stardom. Few
British bands blend different genres of music with such freedom, fun and
invention while singer Marcia Richards’ philosophical and personal lyrics
strike an emotional chord.
"For those who have
lost a loved one, it’s not unusual to find comfort in the fact that you’ve
spent more of your life with them than without. After 13 years of using this
small comfort to keep afloat, 2019 will be the first year that the number of
years without my sister Roanna will exceed the years she was around. As I
became increasingly aware of this date approaching and my life raft sinking, I
wrote ‘Learning to Swim’, a song that musically flips through time and space,” she says.
“The innocent lovers
rock expresses both my current musical output and the memories of my childhood
that are becoming more distant. The chorus has no words, but flips to an era of
punk and pop music that my sister was deeply into. Just as my mind gets
wrenched back to that precious time so often, the song does too.” She adds, “The feeling as the years go on that it
becomes more difficult to picture their face, to hear their voice. The rest of
your life without them stretches ahead of you like a vast sea – it’s time for
album, ‘Swimming Lessons’, released spring 2019, draws on influences as
sprawling as Bad Brains, Michael Prophet, No Doubt, Alton Ellis, Wiley and
Weezer. From crushing heartbreak, the impending doom of Brexit, surviving as an
independent musician and navigating the weird world of 2019 - all of these are
proverbial “swimming lessons” life throws at us.
while at school in 2007, The Skints hail from the Waltham Forest and Redbridge
boroughs of North East London, and they cut their teeth in the squat-based east
London ska-punk scene before venturing out of the M25 to play their first
self-booked DIY venture and embark on a heaving touring regime across the
nation’s “toilet venue” circuit.
album ‘Live, Breathe, Build, Believe’, released at the end of 2009, received
late night/specialist rotation across radio including BBC Radio 1's Punk Show,
whilst 2012’s ‘Part & Parcel’, was the second full-length album by the band
and further built their fan base and opened doors to heavy touring, festivals
and markets outside of the UK and across Europe. The follow-up album, the
critically-acclaimed ‘FM’, released in 2015, reached number 5 on the Billboard
Reggae Albums chart and number 7 on the Independent Albums Chart in the UK and
saw The Skints tour relentlessly across the USA, Canada and Japan.
the band’s inception, 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 10-date UK tour including Shepherd’s Bush
Empire and have performed at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, Bestival, Glastonbury
and Boomtown Festival, performing to 15,000 fans. In addition, the band have
supported bands that include NOFX, Less Than Jake, Mariachi El Bronx, Gym Class
Heroes, Protoje, You Me At Six, Sublime with Rome and Easy Star All Stars.
of The Skints include BBC Radio 2’s Jonathan Ross, Robert Elms on BBC Radio
London, Steve Lamaq and Craig Charles on BBC Radio 6 Music and David Rodigan on
BBC Radio 1Xtra.
Bongo is a Brighton based independent record label and home to Hollie Cook,
Protoje, Seu Jorge, Prince Fatty, Incredible Bongo Band, Jorge Ben and more.