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.
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.
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.
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…!
it’s finally here. our new album ‘We Are Humans’ is available via all major digital providers here. and even more exciting than that, you can pre-order it on limited edition white vinyl here. that’s out on 25 October.
i know that bands always say this, but we passionately believe that this is our best album yet. i’m over the moon that we’ve made it, and that we’re releasing it on a label like Fierce Panda. so get listening, get pre-ordering, and let us know what you reckon!
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.
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).
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.