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.
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.
we’re fairly used to political turmoil in the UK right now. what at first appeared to be a cocky Cameron bluff to appease the Tory swing towards UKIP in 2015 has descended into complete and utter chaos like we’ve never seen before.
now then! ahead of the Leeds gig, a couple of folk were chatting on Facebook about how much merch money they were planning on bringing. at which point i had a very sudden realisation that we didn’t have any merch.
so, i threw together some designs, contacted RDS Print in Wakefield (not a sponsored plug, i just like to support local businesses) and around 5 minutes before the doors opened at Hyde Park Book Club, we had three t-shirts ready to sell.
the t-shirts cost £10 each plus P+P, and at the moment they’re available in S, M, L and XL. they’re Fruit of the Loom valueweight t-shirts, so they’re great for summer (and for afterwards, obviously). they’re available via Nymphs & Thugs here.
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, i.e 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”.
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 followed it up with second single ‘#RefugeesWelcome’ on 14 June (available to stream or download here via all platforms).
it’s 10 years since S&D first performed at Brighton’s music showcase festival The Great Escape. i ended-up falling off the stage at the end of the pier during our first gig there. fortunately I didn’t fall off the pier itself and am therefore able to return in 2019…
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.