poet, educator & activist.

Following a six year hiatus, Skint & Demoralised returned with ‘Boro Kitchen 4am‘ earlier in the spring. Documenting a chat about Brexit at a Teesside house party, it introduced a raw musical edge from producer David Gledhill, combined with mature and politically-minded lyrics from poet Matt Abbott. Fittingly, it was released on The Day Nothing Happened, ie 29 March.

Where ‘Boro Kitchen 4AM’ brought a raw post-punk energy with it, follow-up ‘#RefugeesWelcome‘ contains elements of jangly upbeat indie whilst still carrying a raucous insistence. The verses take a scathing swipe at the refugee crisis, from the media’s coverage to the UK government’s role via a shed-load of public attitude. The chorus however relies on rousing simplicity, insisting “We are humans, we are all immigrants”.

Skint & Demoralised new single ‘#RefugeesWelcome’ out now

Lyricist and poet Matt Abbott volunteered at the Calais Jungle in 2016 and his acclaimed one-man show ‘Two Little Ducks‘ laid the foundation for the new album’s lyrical content. Or should that be lyrical discontent? When Skint & Demoralised first emerged on the scene in 2007, Matt Abbott was completing his A-Levels and David Gledhill was producing in Sheffield under the guise ‘MiNI dOG’. Northern Soul-inspired tracks about teenage relationships (see ‘Red Lipstick’) led to a MySpaced-out A&R feeding frenzy and within 9 months they’d signed to Universal Records – one of those classic meteoric rises that the music industry churns out every now and again.

Fast forward to 2019 and Abbott is 30 years old and rapidly establishing himself on the UK’s flourishing spoken word scene while Gledhill, known more recently for his nonchalantly successful SOULS releases, is also releasing a track a week from his East London studio on a new piano project called ’52 Weeks Makes A Year’. Skint & Demoralised have changed, and so has the world around them. Fittingly, their forthcoming fourth album ‘We Are Humans’ is completely unlike previous releases, and represents a sharp political reflection of the tumultuous times that engulf us. (Un)rest assured that ‘#RefugeesWelcome’ and ‘Boro Kitchen 4AM’ represent just the tip of this thoroughly irked creative iceberg.

The band performed to a packed room for their comeback gig at London’s The Social in April, and then again for their headline slot at Fierce Panda’s Great Escape showcase at Brighton in May. They’ll finally return to Yorkshire when they play this show here…

Skint & Demoralised in Leeds
Skint & Demoralised in Leeds on 10 July

Praise for ‘Boro Kitchen 4am’

This is absolute CLASS. Pure honest broken Britain. More of this please.

Kingsley Chapman

Lyrical, raw and arguing with the insistence of its setting: politics and cheap lager at a party, when it’s time to go home but nobody’s got the time, not to think about that.

The State of The Arts

Lyrically cutting and insightful, it gets to the crux of the Brexit conundrum and its endless contradictions…After hearing ‘BK4AM’, the rule book on how to re-invent yourself as an anarchic and poetic force has been re-written.

Travellers Tunes

Do it wrong and this sort of thing will turn people away, and singer Matt Abbott knows that. Do it right and it can really draw them in – in fact, one or two members of the front row are welling up. An unexpectedly emotional ride of much needed sincerity.

Brighton Source

Following a six-year hiatus, Skint & Demoralised returned with brand new single ‘Boro Kitchen 4am‘ on 29 March. After receiving heavy airplay on BBC Radio 6Music from one of our old champions Steve Lamacq, we follow it up with second single ‘#RefugeesWelcome’ on 14 June (available to pre-order here via all platforms).

This will be our first live performance up north for 6 years, in our native West Yorkshire nevertheless. Support comes from two of West Yorkshire’s finest spoken word artists, Kirsty Taylor and Simon Widdop.

Skint & Demoralised in Leeds
Skint & Demoralised live in Leeds on 10 July

Lyrically cutting and insightful, it gets to the crux of the Brexit conundrum and its endless contradictions…after hearing ‘Boro Kitchen 4am’, the rule book on how to re-invent yourself as an anarchic and poetic force has been re-written

Travellers Tunes

Lyrical, raw and arguing with the insistence of its setting: politics and cheap lager at a Teesside party, when it’s time to go home but nobody’s got the time, not to think about that

The State Of The Arts

Skint & Demoralised are releasing our new material through iconic indie label Fierce Panda, with fourth album ‘We Are Humans’ set to follow at the end of summer, before we embark on a UK tour. Since our last album ‘The Bit Between The Teeth’ was released in 2013, Matt has gone on to establish himself on the UK’s flourishing spoken word scene, and David has gained international acclaim as a producer on his ‘SOULS’ project.

Skint & Demoralised | #RefugeesWelcome
Click to pre-order the new Skint & Demoralised single ‘#RefugeesWelcome’

When alternative indie act Skint & Demoralised first emerged on the scene in 2007, Matt Abbott was completing his A-Levels and David Gledhill was producing in Sheffield under the guise ‘MiNI dOG’. Demo plays on BBC Radio 1 from Steve Lamacq and Colin Murray led to a frenzy on the band’s MySpace page, and within 9 months they’d signed to Universal Records – one of those classic meteoric rises that the music industry churns out every now and again.

Fast forward to 2019 and Matt Abbott is 30 years old; rapidly establishing himself on the UK’s flourishing spoken word scene. He recently completed a 22-date theatre tour with his critically acclaimed one-man show ‘Two Little Ducks‘. David Gledhill, known more recently for his SOULS project, is releasing a track a week from his East London studio on a new piano project called ’52 Weeks Makes A Year’. Skint & Demoralised have changed, and so has the world around them.

Skint & Demoralised | Boro Kitchen 4am
New single ‘Boro Kitchen 4am’ (click to stream or purchase)

‘Boro Kitchen 4am’ is the band’s first release in six years; their third album ‘The Bit Between The Teeth‘ landing on the same day that Margaret Thatcher died in April 2013. After parting from indie label Heist Or Hit, their new music reflects the drastic change around them since the heady days of pop ditties such as ‘Red Lipstick‘ and ‘The Thrill of Thirty Seconds‘. Due for release on iconic indie label Fierce Panda, the fourth album ‘We Are Humans’ is completely unlike previous releases.

The single channels a raw post-punk energy, with lyrics depicting a conversation about politics at a Teesside house party. Unapologetic and direct, it’s a snapshot of Brexit Britain and the contradictions and struggles of working-class life. Where their ‘Love, And Other Catastrophes‘ début provided Northern Soul inspired jangle-tastic pop tracks about teenage relationships, this new album is a sharp political reflection of the tumultuous times that engulf us.

Whether it’s the UK’s homelessness epidemic, the humanitarian crisis at the Calais Jungle refugee camp or a transformative friendship during the Universal years, this is a powerful and poetic new release from Skint & Demoralised, which is bound to enthral old fans and new.

Click here to stream our purchase the new single