ALL MUSIC MAGAZINE UK/EUROPE – VIDEO OF THE WEEK – SKINNY LISTER – 'A MATTER OF LIFE & LOVE'

 

 

 

‘A Matter Of Life & Love’ is the title-track of their fifth studio album (out 22nd October 2021 on Xtra Mile Recordings) and one of its finest, catchiest, and most uplifting moments.

Nodding to the works of Madness or The Specials at their ska/pop peaks, Skinny Lister’s new single ‘A Matter Of Life & Love’ pays loving homage to that classic sound with its cheerful bar-room pianos, walking basslines and woozy saxophones in abundance.

Sung by the band’s Dan Heptinstall, it’s a track that encourages us to look on the bright-side of life and treasure the trivial; a recurrent theme throughout their upcoming album. As Dan explains:

‘A Matter Of Life & Love’ is us capturing a collection of very true stories and feelings, that have really ‘mattered’ to us over the past year or so. And the title track is a reminder to recognise the moments in life that really matter, but that can sometimes seem ‘trivial’ or ‘throwaway’ – a sentiment likely borne out of those months of enforced limited social contact last year.”

Paired with a humorous official video filmed on Hastings beach that quite literally sees the Skinnies jumping for joy,

 

 

‘A Matter Of Life & Love’ swiftly follows: ‘Damn The Amsterdam’, a sea shanty which featured guest harmonies from: The Longest Johns (who will also be joining them for their Winter UK tour – details below). 

Both tracks will feature on ‘A Matter Of Life & Love’, a new Skinny Lister album written over the past 18 months and the first to be entirely written, produced, recorded and mixed by the band themselves. Bringing together all their influences and styles, from ska to rock and from folk-punk to traditional shanty, throughout its 12 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. 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. It’s released everywhere on 22 October, via Xtra Mile Recordings (pre-order).

In support of the album, Skinny Lister will be hitting the road for a UK headline tour throughout November and December, with Manchester and London shows already sold out. The band will also be supporting Less Than Jake and embarking on a headline German tour in the new year.

 

 

Skinny Lister will release ‘A Matter Of Life & Love’ on 22 October 2021, via Xtra Mile Recordings.
 
Tracklist:

Shout It Out

Tough Stuff Like Us

Like It’s The First Time 

Damn The Amsterdam ft. The Longest Johns

A Matter Of Life & Love

Embers

Shoulder To Shoulder

Bavaria Area

Bonny’s Eyes

Life At A Loose End

Breakfast At Heathrow

History
 
 
Live Shows:
 
HEADLINE TOUR 
with special guests The Longest Johns supporting except *
 
NOVEMBER
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
MARCH
31st – Glasgow O2 Academy
APRIL
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 Forum
 
HEADLINE TOUR IN GERMANY
JUNE
1st – Cologne, Luxor
2nd – Munich, Strom
3rd – Berlin, Hole44
4th – Hamburg, Knust
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i'm blessed and get to combine both. Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.

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