ICONIC EP REVIEW AND BAND INTERVIEW
The Skinner Brothers are the extremely talented, BOLD and impeccably dressed, London four piece who are back with their aptly named new EP ‘Iconic’.
The band is led by the ever so charismatic front man Zac Skinner who is joined in the band line up by Alfie Clayton, Joe Fish and Perry Meadowcroft.
The Skinner Brothers might have undergone some line up changes and have new tunes out in 2021 but they certainly aren’t new to Rock ‘n’ Roll success.
This latest release from the band in the form of the “Iconic” EP, sees front man Zac raising his game as a songwriter and will no doubt further propel the band into the mainstream.
Indeed, the band have already made quite an impact in 2021 despite the obvious restrictions, receiving national air play on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Music show, on the Mickey Bradley show (of The Undertones) at Radio Ulster as well as being supported by new music legends, This Feeling and being asked by Mike Skinner of The Streets to open for him at 4 dates including a show at The Crystal Palace Bowl (21st/22nd August) and Castleford Bowl (24th September) and they also have their own sold out headline gig at the legendary 100 Club in London on the 13th August. The band also intend to release two more EP’s over the course of the year and will be supporting The Music in the summer 2022.
The ‘Iconic’ EP is made up of four songs which includes title track ‘Iconic’, ‘M.O.R.E’, ‘Low’ and an acoustic rendition of their 2020 hit ‘Away Days’. Its an EP that is absolutely full to the brim with huge anthems and delightful melodies.
As stated above, the first track on the EP, is the title track, “Iconic“. This track sets the tone and immediately hits you full force with strumming guitars and the tick tock marching of drum beats coupled with Zac’s almost spoken lyrics clearly paying homage to his musical influences with references in there to the likes of The Doors and Ian Drury, “People are strange…. Call the Billericay Dickie, Man I’m feeling wicked”.
Next up is the song M.O.R.E. It’s a raw rock n roll song, a complete crowd stomper with an epic guitar solo and a sneaky 8 Mile Quote. The tracks lyrics hint at a longing and want for better times and for MORE than you’ve currently got. “Give me more love, give me more life, give me more day, give me good times” and its clear that the track is in parts auto-biographical reflecting upon Zac’s own musical career.
Low is the third track on the EP. The original version of the song has amassed over 70k streams on Spotify already and has also been played by Steve La Macq on his BBC Radio 6 Music show. Its a driven song with a delicious post punk, glam rock feel to it. Its got a funky bass line and its an anthem of massive proportions, there’s huge guitar riffs thrown in adding to the lyricism depicting the highs and lows of the subject matter. “I’m a weekender offender baby, yeah I’ve got style – if you’re calling the cops, you know i’ll be in denial”
Finally, we have the beautifully melancholic acoustic version of the bands 2020 hit “Away Days” featuring Rob Harvey from The Music and Russ Pritchard from The Zutons/ Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. This version shows a more tender side to the track, whilst still maintaining the vibe and intention of the original version. The track is all about Zac’s other passion of going to the match to watch the footie. Away Days is a song that will resonate with many football supporters. Even in its acoustic form its still a rousing anthem with its lyrics inciting unity and brotherhood. “It’s pints for the lads in the morning time, Police they clash with our colours, We’re singing to the songs on the jukebox like, Ye Old English brothers”.
Zac has stated about the Iconic EP and plans for future releases:
“We decided we wanted to keep it moving this year so we’re challenging ourselves to put out 3 EPs without any filler. Every song’s got to feel like it belongs and each EP will top the last. This one’s a good start, but it’s just the start.”
The “Iconic” EP is due to be released on 7th May on Blaggers Records. You can pre- save the new EP here now Iconic
We were lucky enough to catch up with front man Zac ahead of the release for a quick chat.
Hey, The Skinner Bros how are you all?
All good, all good, getting reading for the EP to drop on Friday!
If you were to describe yourselves in three words what would they be?
Rock n roll!
If you could go for a pint with one musician dead or alive, who would it be, why and which boozer would you take them to?
Oh easy, Lemmy to the Five Bells in New Cross.
Any interesting tales during the recording of the ‘Iconic’ EP that we should know about?
Yeah, during the recording of the EP we sorted our whole team out – we now have a booking agent – management – new band members – we’re all sorted!
What’s coming up next for you? Gigs etc ?
Really buzzed to have sold out the 100 Club – and really excited about joining The Streets on some dates later this year!
After listening to the new “Iconic” EP we are firmly of the opinion that The Skinner Brothers are a band that are truly going places. They are unique in what they are bringing to the table and they do it with such swagger, style and panache. Their musical genius coupled with their direct poignant lyricism on life and times is unrivalled. A rare and beautiful thing indeed!
We are now more than ever looking forward to seeing ‘The Skinner Brothers’ in action at their SOLD OUT 100 Club gig in August 2021. See you down the front!
FOLLOW THE SKINNER BROTHERS
Words and Interview by SALLY NEWMAN & KATIE MUSZANSKYJ