London’s Xtra Mile Recordings and Skinny Lister are excited to announce the band’s forthcoming studio album titled “The Story Is…” out on Friday, March 1 (pre-order), “The Story Is…” was produced and mixed by Barny Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, The Enemy, The Temper Trap) and is a loosely-based concept album that anthologizes a series of personal vignettes inspired by a chaotic few years for the band & binds them into 14 tracks of unmistakably Skinny-sounding rock ’n’ roll.
Lead single, “38 Minutes,” is a tense new track inspired by a ballistic missile alert triggered in Hawaii at the beginning of 2018. For a terrifying 38 minutes officials led the populous of the volcanic island to believe that the end was nigh. As sirens wailed and panic prevailed, the locals were starkly informed “This Is Not A Drill.”
With three previous albums under their belt, “Forge & Flagon”, “Down on Deptford Broadway” and “The Devil, the Heart & the Fight”, Skinny Lister have explored a lexicon of tastes through a whirlwind of adventures across the globe. And in 2019, the band will open an all-new chapter as they release their fourth studio LP, “The Story Is…”
From tales inspired by the minutiae of our day-to-day lives to paranoid ruminations of impending apocalypse, The Story Is… sees Skinny Lister deliver their most lyrically and conceptually complex offering to date. Coupled with a veritable sonic smorgasbord of new sounds and songcraft, there are plenty of tell-tale signs that ring true of a band on stimulated form and at the top of their game.
From the new wave nuances of The Jam’s classic output (‘Cause for Chorus’) to vintage ska-janglings (“Second Amendment”), not to mention lashings of the band’s trademark barnstorming folk-punk too (“Rattle & Roar,” “Sometimes So It Goes”), the sextet’s latest release not only sees them expand their horizons but arguably finds them in the most potent pop form of their career.
Since 2009, the band has never done things by half measures. Passing the growing flagon of their experiences with every album and tour, they’ve led an endless parade gathering fans old and new, from the respected folk circuit to the riotous Download Festival, igniting pogoing mosh-pits at each. Over the past ten years they’ve travelled from rain-soaked London to the vast arteries of the USA, upgrading from narrow boat to Salty Dog Cruise, played huge tours across Europe and North America with Frank Turner, Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly as well as headlining themselves across festivals, sweatboxes and ever-larger venues.
Skinny Lister will be making North American appearances in 2019 and dates will be announced soon.