here’s some news that we’re dead chuffed about. last year’s comeback single Boro Kitchen 4am is one of the winners of this year’s Bread & Roses award for political songwriting and spoken word. back of the net.
the award is presented by Culture Matters in association with the CWU and the Musicians Union. there’s a full list of the winners here.
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.
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.