Roaring drunk in Hamburg. Locked in a bunker in Berlin. Tearing up the road in New York and Tokyo. The world of folk punk heroes Skinny Lister is broadening by the record as they headline some of the world’s most famous venues from London to Los Angeles. If their folk debut celebrated the sticks and their punkier second blinked in the bright lights of London, their rocked-up third, The Devil, The Heart & The Fight, saw them go global. All the while, the core of their collective being is hurtling into the night with booze fuelled camaraderie shared equally between the band and their fans. And so it continues as the six-piece fling themselves from one side of the globe to another.
As folk rock’s rowdiest rabble since 2009, Skinny’s world has always been filled with adventure. They’ve held gigs in Land Rovers. They’ve sung while wing-walking. They’ve toured in a narrow boat. They’ve stomped and jigged on restaurant tables, in hotel elevators and in record label car parks. And, as their two previous albums sent them reeling into the hearts of America, the UK, Germany and Japan – on headline tours and stints with Frank Turner, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys and the Vans Warped Tour – wherever they play their lusty shanties, punk folk roar-alongs and crazed whirls of love, fighting and booze, you’ll still find them out dancing with the crowd, passing around their flagon of rum or crowd-surfing to the bar to neck shots mid-song. Make no bones – Skinny Lister are the wildest party band you’ll ever get drunk with. And you will get drunk with them.
Since the release of The Devil, The Heart & The Fight, the world has continued to unfurl for Skinny Lister. After solid touring throughout the latter end of 2016, it was inevitable that the band would leap back into it come the new year. 2017 opened with a massive European tour with Dropkick Murphys, followed swiftly by a tour with Flogging Molly in the US. They followed this in the spring with a sold out UK tour and a slot at Frank Turner’s Lost Evenings four-night Roundhouse residency, the summer schedule packed with festival dates including Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, Hurricane, Southside, Greenfield, and more before an expansive European tour in the autumn including trips to Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria & Switzerland.
Following the 2CD deluxe edition reissue of their third album in October 2017, filled to the brim with live songs and three brand new tracks, Skinny Lister toured the UK extensively, including a co-headline jaunt with friend and label-mate Beans on Toast which saw them play their biggest London date so far at Camden’s Koko. They somehow found the time to make a bid for Christmas number one in December with their second festive single ‘Christmas Calls’, echoing The Pogues’ and Kirsty MacColl’s unforgettable winter waltz.
But Skinny Lister barely ever have time to breathe before they’re off again, with a month-long US tour to start 2018 and joining the always-raucous annual Flogging Molly Salty Dog cruise for the second time. The world seems to open up before them each time they step outside their front door and no matter what the year throws at us, Skinny Lister will still be making the world turn in a whirligig of frantic, flagon-fuelled dance and song.[/toggle] official website
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