poet, educator & activist.

our final gig of 2019 sees us return to Hyde Park Book Club in Leeds for another headline show on Monday 16 December. and seeing as it’s also the last gig of the decade, we have a jam-packed bill for you!

support comes from Louise Distras, Fighting Rhythm and poet Toria Garbutt. what more do i need to say?! oh yeah, and it’s 14+. tickets are available here for £8/6, and you can shout about it on Facebook here. ta very much.

Skint & Demoralised in Leeds on 16 December

today sees the release of our new album ‘We Are Humans’ on limited edition white vinyl (available here). it also sees the release of a brand new digital EP, with ‘Slim Jim’s Liquor Store’ fronting the attack, plus an Electronic States remix and my ‘Red, White & Blue’ poem.

Skint & Demoralised 'Slim Jim's Liquor Store' EP
click to stream or download the ‘Slim Jim’s Liquor Store’ EP

Electronic States is the new remix outfit from Skint & Demoralised songwriter/producer David Gledhill, and may or may not drop a hint as to the direction of our next album.

i’ve been performing the ‘Red, White & Blue’ poem at our gigs and it’s gone down a storm. it’s a key part of the ‘Two Little Ducks‘ show that i toured last year and whilst it didn’t feel right on the album, i very much wanted it to be released alongside the material.

my ‘Red, White & Blue’ poem, recorded by Muddy Feet Poetry

lyrically, ‘Slim Jim’s Liquor Store’ takes a drastic departure from the main themes on the album. when we were signed to Universal back in the day, i ended up living in London at the age of 20; consumed by self-doubt, imposter syndrome, anxiety…the full works.

the daily pressure of video shoots, photo shoots, interviews, rehearsals, meetings, gigs and all that bollocks took it’s toll. plus the fact that no matter what i was doing, it wasn’t just acceptable to have a drink – it was almost expected.

Slim Jim’s Liquor Store

it got so back that i ended-up signing myself up for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy down the road from my house in Islington, but as soon as i’d finished, i’d still head straight over to Slim Jim’s Liquor Store on Upper Street.

it’s a fucking great bar, if you ever fancy it. just maybe don’t spend as much time there as i did…

i’m guessing that most of you will have heard our fourth album ‘We Are Humans’ by now. it was released digitally on 30 August and is available to stream or purchase in all of the usual places (click here for the links), but far more exciting than that is this physical release…

Fierce Panda have produced some limited edition white vinyl copies of the album, which are released on 25 October. and to be quite honest, they’re absolutely fucking beautiful. you can order them through Fierce Panda, or through my independent spoken word record label Nymphs & Thugs (click here).

we’ll also be selling them at gigs, and they’ll be stocked in a small selection of independent record shops as well – so either way, it’s easy enough for you to get your hands on a copy for £15 plus P+P. huge thanks to Kerry Harrison for the sleeve design and to Mark Coverdale for the final touches. just look at ’em…!

the final single before we released our fourth album ‘We Are Humans’. David and i are both in agreement that this is the best song we’ve ever written together, and no matter what happens with this album, i’ll die happy knowing that we reunited and created this.

Skint & Demoralised ‘Superheroes’ OUT NOW

i’ve written a blog about the true story behind the lyrics on my personal website here. the dehumanisation of refugees in the UK right now is a disgrace – i don’t care if that makes me a virtue-signalling snowflake.

so, instead of reeling-off stats and figures, i’m telling stories. and I believe that ‘Superheroes’ says the most of all of the stories that i heard. it was released digitally on 16 August and is available to stream or download via all major digital providers here.

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