Limited White Colour Vinyl
Following a six-year hiatus
duelling Yorkshire duo Skint and Demoralised are back on the scene with a score to
settle. Their forthcoming fourth album ‘We Are Humans’ presents a raw
political and poetic tour de force
against the backdrop of Brexit Britain.
A drastic departure from Skint and Demoralised’s original late ‘00s ditties detailing teenage love affairs
Humans’ instead reflects the subsequent decade of desperate austerity
as well as the European refugee crisis
just 22 miles from Britain’s shores. Frontman and spoken word artist Matt Abbott volunteered twice at the
Calais Jungle in 2016 – either side of the EU referendum in which his native city voted 66% Leave.
Alongside Matt songwriter and producer David Gledhill
known more recently for his SOULS project
raucous poet-punk energy
with sonic influences ranging from ‘Sandinista’ to The Strokes. Snappy
‘Boro Kitchen 4am’ and ‘#RefugeesWelcome’ have received regular airplay on BBC Radio 6Music
but in the
midst of the energetic observations about immigrants and inequality there is also intense
epitomised by stunning album closer ‘Superheroes’.
Since Skint and Demoralised’s first Myspaceage outing
Abbott has established himself as a nationally acclaimed
poet and likewise Gledhill as a producer – already the combination is curious. Add the searingly eloquent
political commentary to the mix and it becomes an urgent and vital snapshot of these tumultuous times that
all wrapped up in fist-pumping
unapologetic and utterly essential alternative anthems.
2 ‘Boro Kitchen 4AM’
3 ‘The Fifteenth Floor’
5 ‘Le Tricolore’ (Interlude)
6 ’65 Roses’
7 ‘Slim Jim’s Liquor Store’
8 ‘Platform 4’ (Interlude)
10 ‘I Matter’
12 ‘Epilogue’ (Interlude)