Skinny Lister

Skinny Lister

The rump-shaking force of Skinny Lister seems unstoppable with the release of third LP, The Devil, The Heart & The Fight. We spend 30 seconds with a 12-legged music-party machine…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 21 Sep 2016
  • min read
The wide-eyed, rump-shaking force of Skinny Lister seems unstoppable with the release of third LP, The Devil, The Heart & The Fight.

If their debut album (Forge & Flagon) showed off their folk roots, and their punkier second (Down On Deptford Broadway) blinked in London’s bright lights, then their latest record sees them splicing these influences together and ambitiously attempting to take on the world.

The record is their most accomplished and exciting yet, full of folk, punk and eighties pop elements all stitched up into a colourful aural canvas.

It follows 18 months touring across the UK, Europe and North America to ever-increasing crowds. Their infectious, feel-good and uplifting performances are winning over fans all across the globe, whether its supporting label mate Frank Turner on his arena tours or headlining their own sold out shows. Look out for the LP landing via Xtra Mile on 30 September… and the band's Daniel Heptinstall answered our questions below…

We first started writing music because… 
We thought it would be a great way to get into festivals for free.

We have been making music since... 
2009 after attending local folk clubs and shanty nights in Greenwich. We wanted to recreate that communal sing-along spirit as a band.

Our music is… 
Often described as 'shanty punk' and is rooted in folk.

You'll like our music if you listen to... 
The Pogues, Dexy's Midnight Runners, The Clash and Adam & The Ants.

Our favourite venue is… 
The Monarch in Camden. We had an Xtra Mile label night there recently and it was a hell of a party. It's nights are also run by our good friend and label mate Beans On Toast.

Music is important because… 
It brings people together. And this is what Skinny Lister is all about.

Our biggest inspiration is… 
The journey.

Our dream collaboration would be…
Ken Loach making our next music video.

To try us out, listen to our song… 
Wanted.

If we weren’t making music we’d be… 
Making money.

In 10 years’ time we want to be... 
Still excited about discovering and making music.

skinnylister.com