The unstoppable, rump-shaking force of rising stars of folk-punk band Skinny Lister is set to continue apace with the announcement of their third studio album and a tour that kicks off in Leeds this autumn.
‘The Devil, The Heart & The Fight’ - released on September 30 through Xtra Mile Recordings - sees the band produce a mature, vibrant and varied record, mingling classic Skinny folk romances (‘Grace’, ‘Reunion’) with epic rock takes on rafter-rattling shanties (‘Beat It From The Chest’) and hearty Dexys-style tributes to the fans they meet on the road (‘Fair Winds & Following Seas’), plus a hitherto unseen darker side.
Lead single ‘Wanted’ is a fiery Elvis-gone-folk roar of an opener that sees frontman Dan Heptinstall saluting London, New York and Cairo in a song “about looking for life in the cities we’d visit”
If their excellent folk debut album (Forge & Flagon, 2012) celebrated the sticks and their punkier second (Down On Deptford Broadway, 2015) blinked in the bright lights of London; their rocked-up third album sees them go global.
Pieced together while on the road, and recorded over five weeks in Newcastle Under Lyme’s Silk Mill Studio in May 2016 with producer Tristan Ivemy (Frank Turner, The Holloways), it is Skinny Lister’s most far-reaching album so far.
With the exception of the five weeks recording the album, Skinny Lister have spent the last 18 months on the road touring across the UK, Europe and North America to ever-increasing crowds.
Their infectious, feel-good and uplifting performances are winning over fans all across the globe, whether its supporting label mate Frank Turner on his arena tours or headlining their own sold out shows across America. They’re a 12-legged party machine and becoming one of the best live bands in the country. See for yourself on their biggest headline tour to date, which starts in Leeds at the Brudenell Social Club on Tuesday, October 4.