Skinny Lister are back! Their fifth studio album, A Matter Of Life & Love is out 22nd October 2021 on Xtra Mile Recordings and ushers in an exciting new chapter in the band’s long and established career. The album announcement is coupled with the release of their boisterous lead single. ‘Damn The Amsterdam’.
A band who shantied long before TikTok ticked, ‘Damn The Amsterdam’ harks a return to the original rootsy Skinny Lister sound. Written about the famous Hastings shipwreck, it’s a straight-up sea shanty which echoes the style and stomp of ‘John Kanaka’ from their first album ‘Forge & Flagon’.
With especially salty guest harmonies coming courtesy of folk pin-ups: The Longest Johns, Skinny Lister can confirm that the band will also be joining them on their UK headline tour throughout November and December. The Manchester and London shows are already sold out. Full dates, including a support tour with Less Than Jake and a headline German tour can be found below.
Written over the past 18 months, Skinny Lister’s new album A Matter Of Life & Love is in essence a collection of true stories and feelings that have really ‘mattered’ to them.
While the album contains all the typically enlivening tales from the road that have made Skinny Lister the stuff of festival legend, from disturbing touring tales of being pulled over by Bavarian police (‘Bavaria Area’) to full throttle airport drinking songs (‘Breakfast At Heathrow’); dig deeper and you’ll find a record that might well be their most personal and profound yet.
Centrepiece and title-track, ‘A Matter Of Life & Love’, stands at the very heart of the album. Crystallising the record’s core themes with a Madness-esque playfulness, it’s a poppy and poignant reminder to recognise the moments in life that really matter, however trivial or throwaway they may seem at the time. “It’s a sentiment likely borne out of those months of enforced limited social contact endured over the past few months” reflects Dan. And one not likely to be taken for granted by anyone, or any band for that matter, any time soon.
The Skinnies’ admirable ‘in this together’ ethos is echoed through stirring anthems such as ‘Shout It Out’ and ‘Shoulder To Shoulder’, which offer rousing singalongs primed and ready for a new age of live music. Skinny Lister’s adept ability for a heartstring plucking ballad also remains evident in tracks such as ‘Embers’, an elegant folky composition led by Lorna and destined to make Skinny fans everywhere crumble. Elsewhere, the celtic-tinged, string-adorned gem ‘Bonny’s Eyes’ offers a touching tribute to the wonder of being a new parent.
Bringing together all their influences and styles, from ska to rock and from folk-punk to traditional shanty, throughout its twelve tracks A Matter Of Life & Love is in many ways the distillation of everything that has seen the world fall for Skinny Lister’s charms. And yet, as the first record to be entirely written, produced, recorded and mixed by Skinny Lister themselves, it finds a band with a bolstered sense of confidence and a gleeful skip in their stride. Proving a unique opportunity for the band to create, experiment, and hone music of their own volition, it’s a process that finds a band in liberated form and realising the full Skinny Lister vision as they have always intended it.
Opening-up about recording the new record and what to expect, Dan Heptinstall says:
“It’s great to have made it to album number 5, and we can’t wait to see what further adventures lay in store for us as we get it out there on the road and into the world!… This has been a very liberating experience, not only allowing us to employ all that we’ve learnt from the top producers of our previous four albums, but also truly realise our own vision of the tracks. We’re very proud of the results.”
An album about camaraderie and companionship through thick and thin, to cherishing the simple things freedom brings; A Matter Of Life & Love finds a band brimming with a zest for life, love, music and good-times.
Artists’ website: https://skinnylister.com/
3rd – Hull Bonus Arena supporting Frank Turner
19th – London, Roundhouse supporting Frank TurnerHEADLINE TOUR with special guests The Longest Johns supporting except *
11th – Oxford Academy 2
12th – Norwich Art Centre
13th – Cardiff Globe
18th – Bristol Fleece *
19th – Manchester Gorilla SOLD OUT
20th – Birmingham Institute 2
24th – Leeds The Wardrobe
25th – Nottingham Rescue Room
26th – Newcastle Cluny
27th – Glasgow King Tuts *DECEMBER
10th – Southampton 1865
11th – London Garage SOLD OUT *
SUPPORTING LESS THAN JAKE
31st – Glasgow O2 Academy
1st – Newcastle O2 Academy
2nd – Leeds O2 Academy
3rd – Manchester O2 Ritz
5th – Leicester O2 Academy
6th – Birmingham O2 Institute
7th – Bournemouth O2 Academy
8th – Bristol O2 Academy
9th – London ForumHEADLINE TOUR IN GERMANY
1st – Cologne, Luxor
2nd – Munich, Strom
3rd – Berlin, Hole44
4th – Hamburg, Knust
‘Bavaria Area’ – official video: