SKINNY LISTER+ AJJ
Hot off the heels of a sold out UK tour in support of current album The Devil, The Heart & The Fight – out on Xtra Mile Recordings – Skinny Lister announce a run of even bigger venues for Spring 2017. Skinny Lister are not your average, modern day, gentrified English folk group. Fronted by Dan Heptinstall and Lorna Thomas; a vocalist with a lusty cackle and flirtatious presence, the London based six-piece hail from across England.
This year has seen them support Frank Turner across Germany, Austria and Switzerland before joining Flogging Molly’s festival Salty Dog Cruise around the Bahamas. They then headed out on their own East Coast headline tour with label pals Beans On Toast and Will Varley in tow where many of the shows were sold out well in advance and signalled a big step up for the band Stateside, with an ever-increasing fanbase begging for more!
September saw the release of third album The Devil, The Heart & The Fight which has received critical acclaim, including picking up support from 6Music’s Steve Lamacq. With 2017 already looking like yet another incredible year – there’s seemingly no end to what this hard-working, hard-partying, fun-filled band can achieve.
Watch the video for ‘Geordie Lad’ below:
Plus support from AJJ
For their sixth album, garbagepop veterans AJJ chose to reinforce their strengths and leave any limp frivolities behind. They reconvened with producer John Congleton, who oversaw 2014’s sonically expansive Christmas Island, but recorded and mixed the album in a mere nine days, having arranged most of the songs during tour sound checks and downtime in the van.
This made for a confident stride into more elaborate arrangements and wider dynamics while staying just as dour. They also opted, amid some sensation, for the simplified band acronym (previously Andrew Jackson Jihad). Singer Sean Bonnette told The AV Club that, among many reasons, the change cleared a space for new imagery and allowed their music to define them, not their band name.
As a result, their new album, The Bible 2, is their most ambitious and assured collection of scuzzy punk screeds, employing even more production heft while sparing none of the vulnerability.
Watch the video for ‘Goodbye, Oh Goodbye’ below: