For episode 7 of the Thekla Isolation Discs Podcast, Chris chats with vocalist & guitarist Josh from ‘tropical punk’ band The Skints. Speaking from his new pad in lockdown London, Josh shares his selected tracks and has an honest conversation about the current coronavirus situation, alongside telling the story of how The Skints started off as a North London ska band and ended up releasing four multi-genre full length albums, touring all over the planet supporting their heroes and performing on some of the biggest festival stages around.
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The Skints are a four-piece reggae band from London, described by Clash Music as “the torchbearers for modern British reggae music.” Describing their own sound as “music from Jamaica in a London style,” The Skints mix reggae, ska and dub with touches of grime and hip-hop; a contemporary style that draws as much from the streets of the UK’s capital as it does from the Caribbean. Playing hundreds of shows since 2007, The Skints have had a steady rise from the UK underground, bringing their own rays of sunshine to festivals over Europe and beyond, with even The Guardian confirming that The Skints “brought the house down” at 2014’s Reading Festival.
The Skints’ new album, Swimming Lessons, draws on influences as sprawling as Bad Brains, Michael Prophet, No Doubt, Alton Ellis, Wiley, and Weezer. The album gets into crushing heartbreak, the impending doom of Brexit, surviving as an independent musician and navigating the weird world of 2019. This is the second album the band has released with us and follows a cycle of extensive touring in America that helped establish the band on this side of the Atlantic as one of the most beloved underground groups in the scene, primed to break through to greater stardom.