London 'tropical punk' four-piece, The Skints, are pleased to announce the release of their highly-anticipated fourth album 'Swimming Lessons,' released today via Easy Star/Mr. Bongo. Drawing 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 and the current political climate, all the while surviving as independent musicians navigating the weird world of 2019. All of these are proverbial “swimming lessons” life throws at us.
orn 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. Along with sold-out shows across the UK, Europe and the U.S., the band have performed at some of the biggest festivals in the world, and recently received plaudits for their new single 'Learning to Swim,' grabbing critical acclaim, airplay and nods of approval from far and wide including Louder Than War and Don Letts on BBC Radio 6 Music.
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.
New single 'Learning to Swim' is a sentimental blend of lovers rock, pop and hardcore punk as The Skints confront personal tragedy while the rub-a-dub heavy 'Restless,' questions the broken promises and perpetual lies of those governing over us today and features Grammy-nominated Jamaican reggae star Protoje on vocal duties who flows on the track in a style only he can deliver.
Elsewhere, The Skints delve into pop-punk territory with 'What Did I Learn Today' and 'The Island,' showcasing the band’s ability to effortlessly jump from one genre to the next, before the collaborations continue with freestyler Runkus on the carnival-friendly 'Armageddon' and Jesse Royal on the soulful 'Love is the Devil.' “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.
'Swimming Lessons' Tracklisting:
01. Learning To Swim
02. Restless (featuring Protoje)
03. Gets On Top
04. New Kind Of Friend
05. This Is An Interlude
06. What Did I Learn Today
07. Oh My Love
08. The Island
09. I'm A Fool
10. Armageddon (featuring Runkus)
11. Donkey Brain
12. La La La
13. Love Is The Devil (featuring Jesse Royal)
14. Stop Looking Back