The Skinner Brothers released their latest single in a long string of hits yesterday (19th August) called ‘Lonedon’ and it’s another belter from this seemingly unstoppable force of nature that call themselves, The Skinner Brothers!
‘Lonedon’ is the title track from the bands upcoming EP which is due for release on September 23rd and is the first new music from the lads since their massively successful release of the critically acclaimed ‘Soul Boy II’
Whilst ‘Lonedon’ musically is perhaps a more toned down version of what we’re used to from the lads, it clearly represents a confident evolution for them with it’s distinctively more mature sound . Frontman Zac Skinner’s rasping vocals possess a level of soul to them which contrasts beautifully with the raw grittiness which is still very much there. There’s definitely a certain melody in the instrumentation as well giving an almost nostalgic feel, but overall the result feels like the band have hit the nail on the proverbial head in producing a track that has it all in abundance and is sure to be another massive hit for the lads.
Lyrically the track captures the raw emotion of every day life in London as a newcomer to the capital, expressing the paranoia and alienation of being a loner in the big city. Its narrative reflects Zac’s own experience of moving to London as a teenager with the aim of making his mark in music.
‘LONEDON’ is the title track from the upcoming EP and it certainly sets the scene for what else is to come capturing The Skinner Brothers’ growing versatility and maturity as accomplished musicians. The second song ‘Mellow’ feels like a fresh take on the kind of emotive, anthemic slowburners that Oasis and The Verve are renowned for, while ‘Loaded Gun’ fires ragged, punky riffs over hip-hop inspired beats. And the final track delivers another surprise as ‘Make It Count’ merges summery psychedelia with lo-fi pop.
As we’ve come to expect, the ‘Lonedon’ EP was entirely written, produced and recorded by Zac in his home studio in Brentford.
Zac Skinner says, “I wanted the EP to have a mixtape kind of feel. It’s four different songs which I feel captures the essence of the band at this point.”
The ‘Lonedon’ EP is now available to pre-order / pre-save HERE.
Today also sees the pre-order launch for the first vinyl release of ‘Soul Boy II’. Issued on standard black vinyl and limited edition red vinyl, the album is available to pre-order here (black vinyl) and here (red vinyl) ahead of its release in September. Both vinyl versions feature‘Lonedon’ as a bonus track. T-shirts are also available here.
Having previously played shows as guests to Kasabian, The Streets, The Libertines, The Music and The Sherlocks, The Skinner Brothers will play a headline tour in October, as well as festival sets at Reading, Leeds, Neighbourhood and Live At Leeds. Tickets for their headline shows are available here.
27th – Reading Festival
28th – Leeds Festival
1st – Manchester, Neighbourhood Festival
2nd – Blackpool, Bootleg Social
4th – Southampton, Joiners
5th – Southend, Chinnery’s
6th – London, O2 Academy Islington
8th – Cambridge, Mash
9th – Guildford, The Boiler Room
10th – Oxford, Bullingdon Arms
12th – Edinburgh. The Caves
14th – Stockton, KU
15th – Live At Leeds
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Review by Sally Newman