2019 album also available on CD.
The genre elusive UK London based The Skints are releasing their highly anticipated fourth album ‘Swimming Lessons’ via Easy Star/Mr Bongo after a hiatus of four years. The Skints mix all inspirational music into their sound - reggae, ska, tropical, punk, alternative to name a few - and draw 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, surviving as an independent musician and navigating the weird world of 2019 – all of these are proverbial “swimming lessons” life throws at us.
Born from the underground London punk scene, The Skints have built up a formidable live reputation in recent years, playing as much as 150 shows a year, and have been described by Clash Magazine as “the torchbearers for modern British reggae music”, marking them out as one of the most respected bands in UK music while still staying strict to their independent DIY roots. Lyrically their darkest and most introspective release to date, ‘Swimming Lessons’ takes its inspiration from reggae, soul, dub, punk, ragga and rap. The Skints have a knack for fusing different genres of music that strike an accessible chord with a political, personal and philosophical message. From 8 Bit-influenced dancehall to sound system shaking dub, melodic grunge to harmony laden soul, ‘Swimming Lessons’ boasts collaborations with three of Jamaica’s brightest roots stars of today.
“In the four years since our last album, FM, the band has toured globally non-stop. The creative hunger in us has been building up so much, because as an independent operation, we simply haven’t had the luxury of spending money on studio time whilst playing to sustain ourselves”, says guitarist and vocalist Josh Waters Rudge.
“As well as enlisting some of the absolute best of Jamaican vocal talent on the features, we’re really trying to push all ends of the spectrum of what The Skints music is and can be. Our whole back catalog is diverse in mood and emotion, song to song, and on Swimming Lessons, we’ve tried to take things a step further”, adds keyboardist/vocalist Marcia Richards.
Formed while at school in 2007, The Skints hail from the Waltham Forest and Redbridge boroughs of North East London, cutting their teeth in the 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. Since 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, 311, Less Than Jake, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Mariachi El Bronx, You Me At Six, Sublime with Rome and Easy Star All Stars.