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Skinny Lister Announce New LP; Stream First Track

Skinny ListerUK-based folk punk band Skinny Lister has announced a full length follow-up to their 2014 album, Down On Deptford Broadway.  The album will be titled “The Devil, The Heart & The Fight,” and will be available on September 30th via Xtra Mile Recordings.

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the track “Wanted,” which can be heard below.

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Skinny Lister

Skinny Lister

Down On Deptford Broadway

SideOneDummy Records
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After impressing the folk-punk community with their breadth of traditionally rooted celtic sounds, Skinny Lister returns with their follow up effort, Down On Deptford Broadway.  Boasting the same lively ensemble of accordions, mandolins, violins and acoustic instruments, the English six-piece revisits the festival-size, feel-good formula that made Forge & Flagon such an indulgent joy.  Down On Deptford Broadway places particular emphasis on traditional song structures, showcasing how modern fun can derive from old ways.  

This time around the songs land with a lighter touch, partly because more prominent female vocals (sounding as if from some far off, exotic Scottish or Irish fields), but also from a more intricate instrumental approach.  Songs like “What Can I Say” feel fragile and delicate thanks to Lorna Thomas’ feminine charm, channeling the likes of Neko Case in a warmer, folkier aura.  Likewise, the soft acoustic backing and highland fiddle gracefully glide into position in “Bonny Away,” and a somber, mood setting tempo tugs at listeners’ heartstrings in “The Dreich.”  These tracks represent exceptions rather than the norm, but deserve an early mention because of how they influence Down On Deptford Broadway’s unravelling identity.

Consequently, Down On Deptford Broadway is an overall less forceful beast even when Skinny Lister bares its teeth and bites down hard.  A song like “Cathy” or “George’s Glass” marches forward thoughtfully as Lorna Thomas and Dan Heptinstall share in parallel and trade vocal duties right up to their harmonizing chorus.  The energetic blasts of an enthusiastically pumped accordion culminate in an airy chorus that’s just as fun to sing along with as it is to close your eyes and imagine yourself stopping for a troupe of musicians at a street corner in Hyde Park.  Others like “Six Whiskies” swagger along to the blow of a tin whistle guided chorus of best friends downing ale at their local pub.  Even the uppity toe tapper, “Ten Thousand Voices,” flows casually.  The main point being, most songs are less direct than perhaps fans will remember from past outings, with a softer approach meaning that Down On Deptford Broadway doesn’t quite reach as high as Forge & Flagon.

Of course there are a few stadium chargers floating around in the mix to keep things lively.  “Trouble On Oxford Street” probably marks the album’s single biggest and best anthem, which wouldn’t be problematic if it wasn’t so early in the track listing.  Similar efforts, like “This City,” take a more casual approach during the back half, but aren’t quite as memorable or impactful as the simpler, higher energy counterparts.  

Still, Down On Deptford Broadway keeps Skinny Lister as a frontrunner when it comes to the realm of traditionally informed celtic punk.  The band continues to distance themselves from, although still invites, comparisons to The Pogues, The Real McKenzies, and any number of other celtic influenced acts out there maintaining both familiarity and uniqueness.  The album is a little tame compared with Forge & Flagon, but thrives on Skinny Lister’s more subtle approach.  A solid sophomore follow up for one of London’s most unique folk-punk acts.

Skinny Lister Full Album Stream

Skinny ListerLondon-based folk band Skinny Lister is streaming their upcoming sophomore album, Down On Deptford Broadway, due out in North America on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 via Xtra Mile Recordings 

Listen to the new song here.

The album was produced by Ted Hutt (The Gaslight AnthemFlogging MollyLucero).

Skinny Lister – This Is War

Skinny ListerLondon-based folk band Skinny Lister has released a new song.  The track is titled “This Is War” and is set to appear on their forthcoming sophomore album, Down On Deptford Broadway, due out in North America on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 via Xtra Mile Recordings The album was produced by Ted Hutt (The Gaslight AnthemFlogging MollyLucero).

Listen to the new song below.

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Skinny Lister Announces New Album; Premieres Music Video

Skinny ListerXtra Mile Recordings has announced the signing of six-piece London-based folk band Skinny Lister.  The band plans to release their forthcoming sophomore album, Down On Deptford Broadway in North America on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.  The album was produced by Ted Hutt (The Gaslight AnthemFlogging MollyLucero).

To mark the occasion, the band has released the new song “Cathy” from the new album.  Singer/guitarist Dan Heptinstall comments:

“Cathy” is an ode to addiction and recklessness… 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 new track in video form below.

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Skinny Lister - Forge and Flagon

Skinny Lister

Forge and Flagon

SideOneDummy Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

With the departure of Flogging Molly from the SideOneDummy Records roster, a Celtic/folk void has remained unfilled for the past few years.  While the label has been evolving and diversifying, the signing of London, England’s Skinny Lister clearly shows that label owners Joe and Bill still have a soft spot and a keen ear for newcomers in the Celtic genre.  After a two ear-grabbing EPs, the label has welcomed the quintet from across the Atlantic, introducing their impressive debut full length, Forge & Flagon, to North American listeners.  And it’s easy to see that fans of Celtic-folk have lots to be excited about.

With a set boasting tin whistles, accordions, mandolins, and a medley of acoustic instruments, the band makes for a wholly entertaining and engaging listen that would make The Pogues proud.  The songs take a feel-good approach sure to implant the image of humbly dressed musicians playing their tunes in the most intimate and interactive of settings.  Album highlight “Rollin’ Over” in particular features big, welcoming choral backing vocals and a lively grass roots folk feel.  Ukulele player Lorna Thomas contributes her feathery vocals on the wispy moonlight duet “Plough & Orion” and “Peregine Fly” – her tranquil touch serving as a distinguishing draw.  It’s also been a while I’ve heard a Celtic band committed to setting sail from drab maritime sea shanties, but tracks like “If The Gaff Don’t Let Us Down” and “Trawler” employ the tin whistle and accordion with expertise last seen by the late Dreadnoughts.  And that’s not even mentioning the clear ode to the traditional polka in “Trawlerman” and “Polkas (Jenny Lind/Girl in a Blue Dress).”

Needless to say, Forge & Flagon is a rock solid debut offering   little room for reservations.  With so much going for them, it’s tough to tell which direction Skinny Lister may choose to pursue next.  Though with such a diverse skill set, it hardly matters.  The band could pursue an entirely different focus across a handful of future albums and still wouldn’t have tapped all of the diversity making up Forge & Flagon. If first impressions mean anything, Skinny Lister is going to be a name we’re all going to see headlining some of the biggest and best festivals, shows and tours in and out of the Celtic world.

SideOneDummy Records Signs Skinny Lister

SideOneDummy RecordsSkinny Lister are not your average, modern day, gentrified English folk group. The London based five-piece combine traditional folk music with the energy of rambunctious free spirited rum fueled party music. While on tour in the United States with Rusted Root their music caught the ear of Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman who introduced the band to the Los Angeles based independent record label SideOneDummy Records.

The band will be releasing their first single “Rollin’ Over” on October 23, 2012 digitally and their debut album Forge & Flagon is slated for release in the United States in 2013.The video for “Rollin’ Over” can be seen here.